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Saturday, August 12, 2017 3:41 PM

Monday: Protest Rally Against Illinois' Sanctuary State Bill, Gov. Rauner






6:30 PM




WHAT: Families of loved ones killed or harmed by illegal immigrants and their supporters will rally at WTTW Studios in Chicago on Monday during Gov. Bruce Rauner’s appearance on the PBS show, “Chicago Tonight.”


On Friday, Rauner appeared on the Fox News program “Special Report with Bret Baier” refused to support President Trump or denounce SB 31, Illinois’ controversial sanctuary state bill that is sitting on Rauner’s desk to be signed. After the Fox News interview, social media exploded with criticism of Rauner’s stonewalling on the issue– most notably from conservative commentator, Ann Coulter.


William J. Kelly, Rauner’s GOP opponent in the 2018 governor’s race, is one of the organizers of Monday’s protest. 


"Rauner’s bizarre performance on Fox News is an indictment of the so-called Republican leaders who were paid to support Rauner in 2014," Kelly says. People, who saw the Fox News interview, could smell Rauner's dishonesty.”


Kelly says that Rauner told Baier he would be happy to meet with the families harmed by criminal illegal aliens but – so far – has refused any meetings to date. “We’re going to give him the opportunity on Monday to honor his promise and meet with these families and their supporters,” Kelly says.

Participants are being asked to bring signs that veto SB 31 the Trust Act. 


WHEN:            Monday, August 14, 2017

           6:30 PM


WHERE:          5400 N. St. Louis Avenue

           Chicago, Illinois


CONTACT: By email at

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 2:24 PM

Chicago radio host to Trump: Help me stop Illinois' sanctuary state law

 Chicago, Illinois, August 2, 2017 - Chicago radio host Citizen Kelly is making a personal plea to President Trump: He wants the President's help in stopping a secret bill that will make Illinois a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants. Thanks to anti-Trump Gov. Bruce Rauner, the Illinois sanctuary state bill is on the fast-track to becoming law and it will take someone as powerful as President Trump to stop it. 

"Mr. President, I'm asking you again - help Citizen Kelly. I'm running for Governor of Illinois against a #NeverTrumper. The Republican Governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, will not say your name. He hates you, Mr. President. I believe he's going to challenge you in a Republican primary in 2020. Mr. President I appreciate your words. We need you now in the City of Chicago and the State of illinois. Illinois is on the fast track to becoming a sanctuary state. I'm asking for your help. Help me, help you - before it's too late," Kelly said on his show this week.
The Illinois "Trust Act," SB 31 bill, passed the Illinois General Assembly and it could become law in days. Media outlets in Illinois have refused to cover the "Trust Act" legislation and members of immigrant and refugee coalitions have stated publicly that the words "sanctuary state" were purposely kept out of the bill to prevent a public outcry. Illinois politicians, including Gov. Rauner, and Democrat and Republican members of the General Assembly have also been "mum" on the legislation, which passed the Illinois State House on Memorial Day. The legislation is on Gov. Rauner's desk, waiting for signature. 
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017 11:31 AM

PBS host cuts off Republican William J. Kelly on Illinois' secret sanctuary state bill


Watch PBS host Phil Ponce cut off GOP candidate for Governor William J. Kelly (at the 7:20 mark) when Kelly tries to talk about "The Trust Act," Illinois' secret sanctuary state bill.

The bill passed the Illinois General Assembly on Memorial Day and it could become law in days. Media outlets in Illinois have refused to cover the "Trust Act" legislation and members of immigrant and refugee coalitions have stated publicly that the words "sanctuary state" were purposely kept out of the bill to prevent a public outcry. Illinois politicians, including Gov. Rauner, and Democrat and Republican members of the General Assembly, have also been "mum" on the legislation, which passed the Illinois Senate and the Illinois State House on Memorial Day. The legislation is awaiting Gov. Rauner's signature to become law.

Kelly is challenging anti-Trump Gov. Bruce Rauner of Illinois. For info, visit

Saturday, July 15, 2017 9:47 PM

Kelly: Rauner has failed us, divided Illinois

William J. Kelly, Republican candidate for Governor, says Bruce Rauner has failed Republicans and all Illinois voters. Worse yet, Kelly says Rauner has divided Illinois. Listen to Kelly's "House Divided" speech and learn the truth about what harm Bruce Rauner has caused to Illinois taxpayers and families. 


Wednesday, June 28, 2017 5:16 PM

Kelly says passage of Secret Illinois Sanctuary State Bill a Stab in the Back

The Illinois state house quietly passed the Illinois Trust Act, a sanctuary state bill, 62-49 recently. Not that a single Illinois voter knows about it - other than non-citizen "voters" being organized by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) to lobby for its passage.

Illinois politicians have devised a legislative euphemism, the "Illinois Trust Act," to keep the bill quiet. In fact, ICIRR organizers say they intentionally avoided the word, "sanctuary." Perhaps Springfield pols fear the wrath of downstate voters who supported Donald Trump by 79% margins in blue state Illinois; if voters actually knew what was in the bill, there would be political hell to pay.

William J. Kelly, Republican candidate for Governor, has issued the following statement:

Illinois politicians passed this secret legislation on Memorial Day and it's the ultimate stab in the back to all the soldiers who gave their lives to keep America a sovereign country. Politicians, who want the illegal immigration vote, want to keep the Illinois Trust Act hush-hush. Gov. Rauner, a liberal Republican who is pals with Rahm Emanuel, is afraid to talk about the Trust Act and refuses to discuss it.

Supporters of this bill claim it will make immigrants feel more secure. But who has more of a right to feel secure in their own state? Illegal immigrants or legal citizens?

The Illinois Trust Act isn't intended to help legal citizens feel more secure; it is intended for people who are breaking laws and illegally siphoning welfare and medical benefits from the American citizens who need it most - the poor, the homeless, and the disabled.

This is a sanctuary state bill and Gov. Rauner is afraid of offending illegal immigrants, refugees, and their supporters? Too bad he's not as worried about offending U.S. citizens and Illinois voters - at least the legal ones.

Thursday, June 1, 2017 9:45 AM

Kelly: Gov. Rauner has failed Illinois taxpayers again

Statement from William J. Kelly: Rauner is costing taxpayers millions of dollars

Gov. Rauner has once again failed Illinois with his failure to pass a budget. He promised taxpayers he would end waste, fraud, and abuse in state government and yet he has never used his line item veto once. He promised Republican voters he would run the state like a business – not out of business.

As a result, Illinois taxpayers will owe hundreds of millions of dollars in interest payments on the state’s unpaid bills. Rauner has pledged to sign legislation to expand hate crime classifications, automatic voter registration, which raises voter fraud issues, and the Illinois Trust Act, a secret sanctuary state bill passed on Memorial Day. This is not what Gov. Rauner promised Illinois voters. 

If Governor Rauner won’t do his job, I will. 


Tuesday, May 9, 2017 12:00 AM

Rauner ducks Kelly's questions on Trump, Sanctuary State bill


Statement from William J. Kelly:

"Gov. Rauner refused to answer my questions on his lack of support for Pres. Trump, Illinois' new Sanctuary State legislation and whether he supports it. He also refused to answer any questions about the warehousing scandal with Frank Vala, the man he appointed to lead the Board of Procurement. If Gov. Rauner isn't going to answer my questions as a reporter, I will have to take my questions to a different arena."


Friday, May 5, 2017 12:00 AM

FLASHBACK: Think Twice About Illinois' Crony Republican Governor-Elect

I called this one back in 2014. 

On Friday, Gov. Rauner called out his Democrat rival J.B. Pritzker and his inherited wealth and claimed he had earned every penny of his millions. 

Read my original column in the American Spectator on Gov. Rauner's history of corrupt insider deals and crony politics. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017 12:00 AM

It Looks Like Another Illegal Immigrant is Behind Brutal Murder

A Mexican national with a criminal history has been charged with the rape and strangulation death of young Tiffany Thrasher of Schaumburg, Illinois. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017 12:00 AM

Rauner worries Obamacare will be repealed

As President Donald Trump was celebrating the House win in the White House Rose Garden, Rauner said in a statement, “The bill that passed in the U.S. House today continues to be of deep concern to our administration.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 12:00 AM

Illinois senate votes to make Illinois a sanctuary state

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton's plan to protect undocumented immigrants from what proponents consider federal harassment has won approval.

The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 31-21 Thursday to approve the "TRUST Act." It prohibits local or state police from cooperating with federal authorities who are investigating immigrants but do not have a criminal warrant.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:00 AM

Man charged in strangulation death of Tiffany Thrasher

Schaumburg police said a man has been arrested in the strangling death of Tiffany Thrasher, 33, who was found dead in her apartment over the weekend.

Police have not released any details about the suspect or how he was captured, saying only he was arrested Wednesday and is male.

Thursday, April 6, 2017 12:00 AM

Mysterious warehouse deals costing taxpayers millions

A mostly empty warehouse at 2410 South Grand Avenue East in Springfield now holds neat rows of filing cabinets and pallets of paper records which belong to the Department of Human Services. The lease agreement binds Illinois to fulfill at least the first five years of the deal, which adds up to a minimum of $2.4 million.

Thursday, September 22, 2016 4:12 PM

KELLY: Rahm's crime speech is just a re-election speech

CHICAGO, Sept. 22, 2016 - Chicago has been branded “America’s murder capital and embattled Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is making a major speech Thursday night at Malcolm X College to address the city’s violence epidemic.  

But Emanuel’s former 2015 GOP mayoral opponent William J. Kelly says Rahm’s speech is “five years too little and too late.” 

Friday, September 16, 2016 11:05 PM

Rahm's Opponent Lashes out at London Mayor Sadiq Khan

Kelly: This is Chicago's Brexit. Sadiq Khan has no right to tell Americans to vote for Hillary Clinton for President

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 10:27 AM

Kelly to Make Major Campaign Announcement Monday

I want to hear what real people think of Gov. Rauner and his failed leadership in Illinois. When I ran against Mayor Rahm Emanuel, I busted the caps in the race and forced him into a historic runoff. He should have been defeated. However, Backstabbin' Bruce Rauner endorsed his longtime money buddy, Rahm. He claimed Rahm's "financial acumen" would spare Chicago a financial disaster.

Instead, Rahm has been Chicago's greatest financial and social disaster since the Great Chicago Fire and we have Bruce Rauner to thank.  

That's why I will be making an important campaign announcement on Monday.  

Friday, April 15, 2016 9:43 AM

KELLY: GOP's firing of committeemen is illegal, racist

For Rauner Republicans to decide who is a Republican is like Denny Hastert deciding who has family values. By the GOP’s new arbitrary rule, former Cook County GOP chairman Aaron Del Mar would have been disqualified as a committeeman for voting for Hillary Clinton in 2008.  In fact, many have questioned whether Del Mar and Sean Morrison, the new Cook County GOP chairman, are even Republicans. It’s a good thing Del Mar resigned because he, too, would have been fired under this new rule. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 10:19 AM

Kelly issues statement on 2018 Governor's race rumor

There’s a rumor going around that I’m already an announced candidate for governor against Bruce Rauner in 2018.   It’s true that I was planning to hold a news conference to discuss the disaster Rauner has been on jobs, education, and this state’s dire fiscal situation. Rauner has embarrassed himself with his recent primary losses. He has lost the moral high ground. 

Monday, December 21, 2015 7:12 PM


Former GOP mayoral candidate William J. Kelly has endorsed James Marter for U.S. Senate over Mark Kirk.

Sunday, December 13, 2015 1:50 PM


"The Illinois Republican Party needs to put the Governor's friendship and past business dealings with Mayor Emanuel aside and call for a wider corruption probe of City Hall and the Mayor's office. They need to support this recall legislation now and Gov. Rauner needs to sign it," says Kelly

Sunday, December 6, 2015 9:00 AM

Rahm's Problems Spread to White House

A firestorm is raging all over Chicago and Mayor Rahm Emanuel is in the fight of his political life.

It is a fight Rahm might not survive. If he does survive, he will be damaged goods, unfit for voter consumption and big wigs at the DNC know it.

It’s only been a week since the late release of the Laquan McDonald police shooting video and the cracks in Emanuel’s once impervious political armor are visible. 

Last week, thousands of protesters clogged Chicago’s Magnificent Mile shopping district. Ducking for cover, the Chicago City Council’s Black Caucus — which backed Emanuel for re-election — are now crying, “they were misled” about the video.

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Saturday, December 5, 2015 9:42 AM

POLITICO: Rahm says he won't resign

Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday that he would not resign, despite growing criticism for what some are calling his botched response to video footage showing a Chicago police officer last year firing 16 times at Laquan McDonald, who was walking away from officers.

"No," he said, during one of several testy exchanges through the course of a nearly hour-long discussion with POLITICO's Mike Allen and POLITICO Illinois' Natasha Korecki. "Because I really so much looked forward to this interview and I wanted to have it. I just felt so good saying that to you. We have a process called the election. The voters spoke. I'll be held accountable for the decisions and actions that I make."

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 9:39 AM

SALON: Rahm's Nixon Moment

When Rahm Emanuel was a congressman, he was nicknamed “the Jewish LBJ,” not only for his ambition, but for his reputation as an amoral political animal focused only on power. Now that he’s facing his biggest crisis as mayor of Chicago – the coverup of a video showing a police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times – he’s looking much more like Richard Nixon.

Monday, November 30, 2015 12:00 AM

KELLY: Media as guilty as Rahm in Laquan cover-up

Here’s something else you should be angry about: Not one of Chicago’s major media outlets bothered to investigate the Laquan McDonald police shooting story even though they knew about it. The existence of the video was widely known by February of this year.

The question is a big, fat why?

It took a couple of independent journalists to submit the FOIA request (and a lawyer to file the lawsuit against the city) that resulted in the exposure of this terrible story.

One of the journalists, Brandon Smith, wasn’t even allowed into Mayor Emanuel’s press conference Tuesday because he “didn’t have the proper credentials” issued by the Chicago Police media department. If someone can find the codification of that specific media credentialing process in the Bill of Rights, please send me a link.

The Emanuel Administration tried desperately for 13 months to suppress this video. Rahm had his cronies in the Chicago City Council sneak a taxpayer-funded payoff of $5 million dollars to Laquan’s family without a lawsuit just days after his re-election last April.

Friday, November 27, 2015 9:38 AM

NY TIMES: Cover-Up in Chicago

THERE’S been a cover-up in Chicago. The city’s leaders have now brought charges against a police officer, Jason Van Dyke, for the first-degree murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. But for more than a year, Chicago officials delayed the criminal process, and might well have postponed prosecution indefinitely, had it not been for a state court forcing their hand.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 9:46 AM

Ex-CPS Chief Barbara Byrd Bennett pleads guilty to federal corruption charges

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s last hand-picked schools chief plead guilty to wire fraud in federal court Tuesday before apologizing to the children, teachers and families of Chicago. 

“I am terribly sorry,” Barbara Byrd-Bennett said after her arraignment at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse. “They deserved much more. Much more than I gave to them.” 

Byrd-Bennett, 66, admitted to steering $23 million in Chicago Public Schools no-bid contracts to her former employer, a company called SUPES Academy. In return, she expected to get 10 percent of those contracts in the form of a signing bonus when she retired from the district’s top job. 

Sunday, May 24, 2015 10:03 AM

Dick Morris Stumps for Kelly in Chicago

Pics from Kelly's blowout event with Fox News commentator Dick Morris. 

Saturday, May 23, 2015 10:07 AM

Dick Morris Endorses William J. Kelly for Mayor

Watch Fox News commentator endorse William J. Kelly

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 11:26 AM

After busting caps, Kelly launches Dead Fish Blues ad spot against Rahm

After donating $100,000 to his campaign and busting the campaign limits in the race, Chicago mayoral candidate William J. Kelly is releasing his first TV ad spot, “Chicago’s Dead Fish Blues.” An Irish Catholic from Chicago’s 19th ward, Kelly is the only Republican candidate in the race against Emanuel. See the fishy, biting ad spot here.

Saturday, October 25, 2014 4:56 PM

#ChiMurderGate 2

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's idea of a "non-criminal death investigation"

Saturday, October 25, 2014 4:54 PM


Mayor Rahm Emanuel's idea of a non-criminal death investigation. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014 12:00 AM

#ChiMurderGate 3

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's idea of a "non-criminal death investigation."

Thursday, October 23, 2014 12:42 PM


Fox Chicago's Mike Flannery interviews Rahm's GOP opponent William J. Kelly. Kelly donated $100,000 to his campaign and busted the caps in the race. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 2:27 PM

William J. Kelly's $100K contribution lifts caps in Chicago mayoral race (VIDEO)

I don't need to match Rahm Emanuel dollar for dollar to win this race against Rahm and neither does Ald. Bob Fioretti.

Contrary to popular media belief, busting the caps does not help Rahm - he already has all the money he needs in this race. Rahm could have busted the caps himself but he didn't. By busting the campaign caps, I have now leveled the playing field in this race. Now if any donor or corporation or PAC wants to defeat Rahm Emanuel - they have the opportunity to donate to my campaign without limitation.  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 11:16 AM

Help Bill Kelly get on the mayoral ballot to beat Rahm

Watch Bill Kelly's video here and find out how you can help him get on the Chicago mayoral ballot to beat Rahm Emanuel. It's easy. Do it today!



Monday, October 13, 2014 2:53 PM

Match my $100K Donation to Defeat Rahm Emanuel

We have a historic opportunity to reclaim the City of Chicago from the clutches of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 1:33 PM

VIDEO: William J Kelly launches the #deadfishchallenge, calls out Jimmy Fallon

William J. Kelly for Chicago launches the "Deadfish" viral video challenge. Calls out Jimmy Fallon for first challenge. #gotdeadfish?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 2:04 PM

William Kelly fires up Ukrainian Village Fest audience

It was a beautiful day and an amazing crowd at Ukrainian Village Fest!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 2:01 PM

New Ad: Chicago's very own

The William Kelly for Mayor campaign has released a new internet ad: "Chicago's very own."

Thursday, September 4, 2014 12:58 PM

Garry McCarthy meets Red Light Rahm (VIDEO)

Chicago Police superintendent Garry McCarthy meets Red Light Rahm. William J. Kelly for Mayor says the Red Light camera program should be suspended until the investigations are completed. He promises to end the program if elected. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 12:25 PM

Kelly issues debate challenge to Rahm, McCarthy on murder rate


"Because Rahm is afraid to answer questions or debate this issue, I am more than happy to debate the crime, statistics, strategy, and concealed carry with Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy any time, any place, and anywhere."  - William J. Kelly

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 4:37 PM

Kelly kicks off Chicago mayoral petition drive

Help William J. Kelly make it Chicago again! Download the petition and help his campaign today!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 4:25 PM

Rahm, Chicago officials worried about red light camera scandal

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 4:24 PM

BREAKING: Red Light Camera Firm CEO indicted for wirefraud, bribes

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 10:24 AM


What this Mayor does not understand is that there is not a wall built around the city to keep taxpayers in. Today, it’s a phone tax. In February 2015, if Rahm is re-elected, it will be a property tax increase and the taxpayers will leave.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:34 AM

VIDEO: Kelly slams Bruce Rauner's Uber nonsense

Kelly speaks out against politicians like Rahm Emanuel and his pal Bruce Rauner for their support of the illegal ride-share company Uber and questions their financial interest in the firm. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014 7:24 AM

Read William Kelly's statement on the Uber cronyism of Rahm Emanuel and Bruce Rauner

Read William J. Kelly's official statement on the crony politics of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his close pal Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner from Friday's press conference.

Friday, July 25, 2014 2:01 PM

Kelly issues statement condemning Rahm, Rauner's uber cronyism

Mayoral candidate William Kelly will make a statement calling out the cronyism of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner in their support for the rideshare behemoth Uber.

Friday, July 18, 2014 2:46 PM

KELLY: Rahm's red light camera program must be suspended

"Today, I am calling for the immediate suspension of Mayor Emanuel's red light camera program until this matter is investigated and the results released to the public."

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 5:25 PM

Kelly campaign issues statement on Toni Preckwinkle's decision not to run for Mayor

Toni Preckwinkle's heartfelt statement reinforcing her commitment to the people of Cook County and Chicago is more proof that she would have been a great alternative to what we have now. 

Although I don't agree with some of her policy positions, I've never questioned or doubted Toni Preckwinkle's sincerity. When it comes to running a city like Chicago, a person's sincerity counts for something. Something important.  

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 5:20 PM

Chicago Travel Advisory: Mayor Emanuel has lost control of the city


Mayor Rahm Emanuel has lost control of our city. No area is safe,” Kelly says

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 1:12 AM


Demand Rahm Emanuel resign from office and sign the petition to recall him. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014 7:23 AM


“If billionaire Lucas needs a storage unit for his junk, he should pay for it,” Kelly says

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 11:50 AM

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: William J. Kelly launches mayoral campaign

William Kelly rips Rahm on Uber, red light cameras, the murder rate and more. Click here for Kelly's full campaign announcement video for Mayor of Chicago against Emanuel. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 10:43 AM

DICK MORRIS: Time to stop Rahm Emanuel before it's too late

Former White House advisor and NY Times best selling author Dick Morris joins Chicagoans in their fight to defeat Mayor Rahm Emanuel on June 20 at the Palomar Hotel. 

Sunday, June 15, 2014 10:27 AM

SAVE THE DATE: Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Candle Light Vigil

Save the date for this wonderful event to honor the memories of our city's heroes. This candle light vigil takes place on June 16 at Gold Star Memorial Park in Chicago.


Tuesday, June 10, 2014 11:35 AM

KELLY: Rahm is more concerned about Hillary, Jimmy Fallon than Chicago

"Rahm’s spending his time with Hillary Clinton’s campaign for President and yukking it up onJimmy Fallon.  He doesn’t really care about Chicago. Rahm is only a part-time mayor," Kelly says.

Thursday, June 5, 2014 10:19 PM

Watch Chicagoans sound-off on Rahm (VIDEO)

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 5:40 PM

William J. Kelly to Announce He's Running for Mayor Against Rahm on June 20th

"Chicago is a real city and deserves a real Mayor.  We need a Mayor who cares more about clean, safe streets than doing fundraisers for Hillary Clinton and appearing on the Jimmy Fallon Show," Kelly says. 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 7:33 AM

William J. Kelly Joins Dick Morris for a Major Chicago Event

RSVP for this amazing event. You won't want to miss this!

Saturday, May 3, 2014 11:05 AM

Daily Caller: Reporter grills Rahm: Should CNN series be considered a campaign contribution?

A reporter grilled Democratic Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel Wednesday about whether CNN’s favorable “Chicagoland” documentary series about the Emanuel administration should be considered an in-kind campaign contribution to the mayor’s re-election efforts.

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