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Monday, September 16, 2019 11:42 AM

Kelly Makes It Official: Announces Exploratory Bid for U.S. Senate

Illinois – Conservative radio host Republican William J. Kelly has announced to his fellow Illinoisans that he is forming an exploratory committee for the United States Senate against incumbent Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin in 2020, who has held office since 2005.

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Thursday, September 12, 2019 2:06 PM

Kelly blasts Mayor Lightfoot's bizarre response to CPS abuse scandal

Chicago, IL - Republican candidate for U.S. Senate William J. Kelly has issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Education's response to the Chicago Public Schools' sexual abuse scandal and Chicago Mayor Lightfoot's defense of CPS officials:

"Today, the Department of Education called out Chicago Democrat leaders for their 'tragic and inexcusable' handling of the sexual abuse scandal at the Chicago Public Schools. Since the scandal broke, more than 1,000 complaints of sex abuse and rape involving school children have been documented and yet, you won't hear national or local Democrat leaders or members of the media dare to mention it."

But, in a bizarre statement, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot criticized the federal government's response. "This is the same Department of Education headed up by Betsy DeVos? Yeah. Well. I take a little bit of what they say with a grain of salt," said Mayor Lightfoot.

Kelly blasted Lightfoot's response. "Mayor Lightfoot and Sen. Dick Durbin have failed the children of Chicago. By her own words, she is taking the sexual abuse of 1,000 children 'with a grain of salt.' Sen. Dick Durbin is no better. High-profile Democrat officials have ignored systematic abuse of these children for more than 10 years. We can and must do better."

"That's why we need to take action and that's why I'm running for the U.S. Senate."

Monday, September 9, 2019 11:57 AM

William J. Kelly issues statement about Curran, U.S. Senate race

William J. Kelly has issued the following statement about the race for U.S. Senate:

A big thank you to the Republican Assembly of Lake County! On Sunday, I attended the RALC’s annual picnic which offered GOP candidates a chance to speak. Make no mistake about it 2020 is going to be a fight and the one thing we cannot afford is Republican candidates who lie about their positions to voters.

 I’m talking about Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mark Curran. I heard Mark tell the RALC crowd that he supports President Trump, that he supports ICE, and that he supports deportations to secure our border. He does NOT support any of these things. In fact, he has attacked President Trump. He opposes cooperation with ICE and advocated for driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants. He supported Rauner’s TRUST ACT to make Illinois a sanctuary state.

We all saw what happened when Bruce Rauner was allowed to lie to Republican voters. We cannot let it happen again. That is why I have announced my campaign for U.S. Senate to defeat Sen. Dick Durbin. 2020 will decide whether America remains a prosperous freedom-loving capitalist country or whether we will descend down the Democrat’s socialist path of poverty and misery. Some people make promises they don’t keep. I will make a promise that all of you know I will keep. If you make me the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in 2020, I will give Durbin hell. Please go to and join my campaign to defeat Sen. Durbin and make Illinois a sanctuary for American citizens once again. Thank you and God Bless you and God Bless America.

Monday, September 2, 2019 3:02 PM

Kelly debates Mark Curran on illegal immigration (full)

Monday, September 2, 2019 3:00 PM

Kelly confronts Sen. Durbin on his treatment of Brett Kavanaugh

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