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Friday, September 21, 2018 1:30 PM

My column at Washington Times: Why Rahm must resign now

From my column at the Washington TImes...

The Chicago media is mourning Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The parade of misty-eyed media tributes began last week after Mr. Emanuel announced he was quitting the Chicago mayor’s race. “What will Chicago do without Rahm and his vastly superior intellect?” asked the media elite. “What will be his legacy?”

Yes, how can Chicago possibly survive post-Rahm?

The reality on the ground in Chicago is much different than this fake media narrative. What about the unchecked homicide rate, Chicago’s role as a major illegal drug distribution hub and the billions in pension debt the city owes?

If legitimate media actually existed, news outlets would be calling for Rahm Emanuel’s head. Editorial boards would be demanding that he resign. But they aren’t. They are still protecting him as they have done for the last eight years. They are whitewashing his abysmal record. They’re burying the facts.

So why did Rahm Emanuel really quit the Chicago mayor’s race?

Is it the city’s homicide rate or Chicago’s status as America’s murder capital? No, Mr. Emanuel doesn’t care about the shootings on the South and West sides. The numbers may even be worse than reported. In 2014, Mayor Emanuel was accused by Chicago’s inspector general of reclassifying homicides into noncriminal deaths.

Is it Chicago’s 17 percent murder clearance rate? No, Mr. Emanuel doesn’t care that police only solve 1 in 20 murder cases. In fact, Rahm Emanuel has closed down Detective Areas in high-crime areas, resulting in a loss of informants. The Chicago Police say the shutdown contributed to Chicago’s poor clearance rate.

Rahm Emanuel quit for two reasons. The first reason why Mr. Emanuel quit is due to the success of the “Take Charge Chicago” referendum. The referendum puts a two-term limit on Chicago mayors and, if passed this November, would have prevented Rahm Emanuel from seeking a third term. Mr. Emanuel filed a legal challenge to the group’s 86,000 signatures at the Chicago Board of Elections — and lost a week before he quit the race. This is not a coincidence.

But there is a second and more important reason why Rahm Emanuel quit the Chicago mayor’s race; the Chicago Public Schools sex abuse and rape scandal. In June, a Chicago Tribune investigation uncovered 500 cases of rape and abuse at Chicago Public Schools. In one case, a 16-year-old girl was raped 40 times by her coach. These cases of abuse and rape occurred over a 10-year period. Rahm Emanuel has been mayor for eight of those years.

Read the full column at the Washington Times. 

 

 


Thursday, September 20, 2018 12:15 PM

Kelly, Sessions Blast Rahm's 'ACLU approach' to Chicago crime



On Monday's interview with One America News, William J. Kelly, the only Republican candidate in the Chicago mayor's race, lashed out at Rahm Emanuel's "ACLU" approach to Chicago crime:

"We have hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of shootings and murders in the City of Chicago that go unsolved. It would be bad enough if these shootings and murders were taking place, but ultimately there were arrests, there were convictions, there was justice. You have to understand, only 1 in 20 murders in Chicago are solved. This is completely unacceptable and it's due entirely to Rahm's 'ACLU approach' to crime." Kelly said. 

"Police officers are afraid to get out of their cars and I don't blame them by the way. We don't have a police problem in Chicago, we have a Rahm problem. And we just, through a tremendous amount of effort, solved our Rahm problem and now we don't want to replace Rahm with another Democrat who's going to handcuff the police," Kelly added. 

Kelly's sentiments were echoed by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions during a visit to Waukegan, Illinois on Wednesday. Sessions blamed a number of activist groups for a rise in violent crime in Chicago, saying that "if you want more shootings, more death, then listen to the ACLU, Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and groups who do not know the reality of policing."

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018 7:38 PM

Kelly: We defeated Rahm but now the real work begins (video)

 
Chicago, Illinois - Republican William J. Kelly,  host of the "Citizen Kelly Show" on AM 1590 WCGO and Chicago mayoral candidate, has issued the following statement, claiming victory for Mayor Rahm Emanuel's surprise decision not to seek re-election to a third term in 2019: 

"Mayor Emanuel's decision not to seek a third term is a victory for the real people of Chicago. I have spent the last eight years opposing Rahm and we may have won the war but now we need to win the peace," Kelly said. "We stopped Rahm but now the real work of rebuilding Chicago begins."

Kelly says the first thing he'd do as mayor is invite President Trump to Chicago and put an end to Chicago's sanctuary city status. "We must end the bloodshed once and for all and that means reinvesting in our city neighborhoods and citizens," Kelly says. 
 
Kelly has been a tireless critic of Emanuel for the last eight years and many of his encounters with Mayor Emanuel and his staff have gone viral. In 2011, Kelly teamed up with Dick Morris to oppose Rahm's first campaign.  In 2014, Kelly busted the campaign caps in the Chicago mayor's race, allowing Rahm's opponents to raise unlimited cash from a single donor, forcing Emanuel into a historic runoff. 

In June, Kelly joined forces with former Gov. Pat Quinn on the "Term Limit Rahm" referendum and filed 86,000 petition signatures to put the question on the November 2018 ballot. Emanuel mounted a legal challenge to the signatures but was defeated last week.

"We defeated Rahm last week at the Chicago Board of Elections and now he's quit the Mayor's race. Rahm saw the writing on the wall," Kelly said. 
 
Kelly is a native of Chicago's South Side. He is an Emmy award-winning TV producer and host of the "Citizen Kelly Show" on AM 1590 WCGO which airs daily from 10-12AM. He is also a contributor to Daily Caller, Newsmax, and a former blogger with the Washington Times. 


Wednesday, August 29, 2018 8:33 AM

Rahm's GOP foe: I intend to solve Chicago's Rahm problem

Chicago, Illinois - Republican William J. Kelly, a long-time fierce critic of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, says he is exploring a 2019 run for Chicago mayor. In 2014, Kelly busted the campaign caps in the Chicago mayor's race, allowing Rahm's opponents to raise unlimited cash from a single donor, forcing Emanuel into a historic runoff.

Kelly's announcement comes as Emanuel is facing mounting public criticism over Chicago's unsolved homicides and mass shootings every weekend. In August, 75 people were shot, 13 fatally in one 60-hour period with only one arrest.

"Sadly, for the last eight years, not only has Rahm Emanuel failed to solve Chicago's problems, he has done everything in his power to cover them up. From the Laquan McDonald video to the Chicago Public Schools sex abuse scandal," Kelly says."

In June, a Chicago Tribune investigation discovered hundreds of cases of sexual abuse and rape in Chicago Public Schools just in the last ten years. Emanuel has been in office eight years.

"We only know about cases of sexual abuse at CPS for the last ten years. What about last thirty years?" says Kelly. "Why is Rahm trying to cover this up?"

"Rahm is even allowing random community organizers to close down highways, expressways and even airports (on Labor Day weekend)," Kelly says. "Let me be clear, Chicago does not have a police problem. Chicago has a Rahm problem. I'm William J. Kelly and intend to solve Chicago's Rahm problem."

Kelly says that, unlike Rahm, he is looking forward to working directly with President Trump to get the best deal for Chicago on jobs, taxes, and pensions.

Kelly is a native of Chicago's South Side. He is an Emmy award-winning TV producer and host of the "Citizen Kelly Show" on AM 1590 WCGO which airs daily from 10-12pm. He is also a contributor to Daily Caller, Newsmax, and a former blogger with the Washington Times.


Monday, August 13, 2018 8:36 AM

Citizen Kelly on Newsmax: Rahm facing political crisis of his life

 

Chicago, Illinois - William J. Kelly, a long-time fierce critic of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and former 2015 mayoral candidate, is blasting the media for giving Rahm a pass on the sexual abuse scandals at Chicago Public Schools and the murder crisis.

"Rahm Emanuel is facing the political crisis of his life yet the Chicago and national media are giving him a pass. No other politician would get a pass on the Chicago murder epidemic or the CPS sex abuse scandals. This is a cover-up to ensure Rahm gets the third term he doesn't deserve," Kelly said.

Emanuel is under fire after 33 people were shot, two killed this weekend. Last weekend, 72 people were shot, 13 fatally in one of the most violent weekends on record. In June, a Chicago Tribune investigation uncovered hundreds of cases of sexual abuse, sexual grooming, and rape in Chicago public schools in the last ten years. Emanuel has been in office eight years.

"Rahm Emanuel doesn't deserve a third term - no matter what the media wants you to believe. He has destroyed Chicago bit by bit. He has destroyed its foundation, its very core. Rahm doesn't care about Chicago and he never did," Kelly says.

Kelly teamed up with Take Charge Chicago organizers, led by former Gov. Pat Quinn, and filed more than 86,000 signatures on August 6, 2018 to put a "Term Limit Rahm" referendum on the November 2018 ballot. The Rahm-controlled Chicago City Council is trying to block it.

"The only person who should serve three terms is President Trump, not Rahm Emanuel," Kelly says. 

Kelly was a 2015 Republican mayoral candidate and infamously busted the campaign caps in the race, forcing Emanuel into a historic runoff election. Emanuel is up for re-election in early 2019.


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