ALERT: ROCKFORD TEA PARTY JOINS WILLIAM J. KELLY FOR RALLY IN SUPPORT OF THE POLICE

Louis Farrakhan, Jesse Jackson Stir Rockford-area Racial Tensions with Barmore Case

THURSDAY, September 30, 2010

4:00 p.m.

WHAT: William J. Kelly, host of the Kelly Truth Squad on WIND-AM (560) and columnist for the Washington Times joins with the Rockford Tea Party today for a flash Protest in support of the Rockford police department and against the racial tensions being in flamed last week by Louis Farrakhan and Jesse Jackson in the police shooting of Mark Barmore, who was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for aggravated assault and had a history of criminal behavior. The case is still being investigated despite a Grand Jury clearing the officers of any wrong doing.

“While that case is debated in the courts and the meeting rooms of our city leaders we must remember that our Police Department continues to work toward keeping this community safe and moving toward justice no matter what circumstance are being addressed,” said a spokesperson for Rockford Tea Party.

“There has been a surge in crimes against police officers this summer,” said Kelly. “Recently, Mr. Farrakhan and others, like Rev. Jesse Jackson, have been trying to turn a crime issue into a racial issue. The people of Rockford, the people of Chicago, and the people of Illinois need to take a stand against that and that is what we are doing today.”

For more information, visit www.friendsofwilliamjkelly.com and www.kellytruthsquad.com.

WHEN: Thursday, September 30, 2010

4:00 p.m.

WHERE:         Public Safety Building

420 West State Street

Rockford, IL

CONTACT: Amy Olson, Rev Public Relations (312) 217-2455

UPDATE: Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan’s Hypocrisy in Barmore Case

Dear Friends,

Once again the Kelly Truth Squad is at the center of controversy. Yesterday…before Right Nation 2010 took place at the Sears Center with Glenn Beck and Andrew Breitbart, you may have heard that I challenged Louis Farrakhan to a debate at the Kingdom Authorities International Church where he was speaking about peace, justice, and violence.

Chicago Police protest at their South Michigan Avenue headquarters

I wanted to challenge Mr. Farrakhan on his hypocrisy. Three police officers were killed in Chicago this summer and never – not once – has Louis Farrakhan spoken out about the violence. Not once has he chided Chicago’s gang bangers to stop the bloodshed. But when two police officers in Rockford are forced to gun down a suspect wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant. A suspect who had been sought for questioning in a violent assault with a woman at knifepoint. A suspect, Mark Anthony Barmore, who, according to the evidence cited by the Grand Jury, struggled with the officers over a weapon – then Mr. Farrakhan makes himself available to speak about justice and violence.

After I issued my media alert yesterday, my law enforcement contacts in Rockford asked me to change my plans. They said confronting and debating Farrakhan could make this tense situation worse and bring it to a boiling point, putting even more officers at risk.  I would never want to put police officers at even more risk than they already are – so I finally acquiesed for that reason.

Earlier this week, the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police marched on their own headquarters to protest to low levels of police manpower that has put officers in danger. Me and others – including John Garrido, a police officer of more than 19 years, came out to support their cause. Three officers killed in two months alone – that can’t just be something that people forget so easily or dismiss so easily as Mr. Farrakhan has.

The Kelly Truth Squad will not air tonight – we hope that it will return on AM 560 WIND next Sunday.

Photo: William J. Kelly and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani

I have already announced the formation of an exploratory committee for Alderman of the 42nd ward. In light of the unprecedented opportunity to finally elect a conservative Mayor of Chicago, I am actively trying to recruit such a candidate and, should all else fail, I am open to the possibility of running myself.

Please feel free to comment on this blog as to whether I should run for alderman, mayor, or just focus on the Kelly Truth Squad. If you believe this is the time for me to make a difference in the City Council, please make a contribution to Friends of William J. Kelly today.

Faithfully,

William J. Kelly

KELLY TO CONFRONT FARRAKHAN AT BARMORE SPEECH IN ROCKFORD

Broadcaster/Activist William J. Kelly Calls Out Farrakhan’s Hypocrisy on Crime

Saturday, September 18, 2010
5:00 p.m.

(ROCKFORD, IL) – Conservative activist William J. Kelly says that Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan is inflaming tensions again on the shooting death of Mark Anthony Barmore by two Rockford police officers. The officers had been in pursuit of Barmore, who had an outstanding arrest warrant and was being sought for questioning after a woman alleged he had held a knife to her throat. Mr. Farrakhan will be speaking in support of Barmore today at Kingdom Authorities Church where he and his followers are calling for independent investigation of the shooting. The Grand Jury and other agencies found the officers justified in the shooting death of Barmore with evidence indicating that he struggled with the officers over a weapon.

Conservative activist William J. Kelly says that Farrakhan’s speech today is hypocrisy at its worst. “Where was Minister Farrakhan and his words of peace and justice when three police officers were shot dead in the City of Chicago this summer?” asks Kelly. “Instead of supporting criminals like Barmore, Louis Farrakhan should be asking the gangbangers to stop their rampage of raping, robbing, and murdering innocent people.”

Kelly plans to confront Farrakhan at his speech today at Kingdom Authority International Ministries Church, 518 N. Court Street in Rockford at 5:00 p.m.  He supported Chicago police officers in their protest at police headquarters this week where Fraternal Order of Police President Mark Donahue criticized Superintendent Jody Weis about the dangerously low levels of police manpower that have put officers at-risk.

Concerned about the increase in violent crime and calls by the Chicago police for more manpower, Kelly recently announced an exploratory committee for a possible bid for Alderman of the 42nd ward and is leaving the door open for a mayoral bid if no other conservative candidate steps up.

ABOUT WILLIAM J. KELLY
William J. Kelly hosts the Kelly Truth Squad on AM 560 WIND and is a producer of Emmy award-winning television. His two columns at the Washington Times Communities are among the top 10 reads every week. He was previously the Executive Director of the National Taxpayers United of Illinois, an affiliate of the National Taxpayers Union and ran for Illinois Comptroller in the Republican primary in 2010.

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300 Chicago Cops Protest Weis: Isn’t Three Officers Killed Enough?

Me with Mark Donahue, President of the FOP

by William J. Kelly

On Tuesday, over three hundred police officers and their families united in protest outside of police headquarters on South Michigan Avenue what they perceive as “dangerously unsafe ”  low levels of police manpower in the City of Chicago and a lack of confidence in Police Superintendent Jody Weis. The question is:  Will officers’ streetwise voices be heard at the police superintendent’s office and in the halls of the Chicago City Council now or will they continue to be ignored?

In July, Chicago clocked its worst two-month run of violence against police officers in more than forty years with three officers killed. It’s not a record that those in the city council should be proud of.  Mark Donahue, president of the Fraternal Order of Police says the manpower situation in the Chicago Police Department is bad.  “Guys are out there every day telling us they have to wait for backup. And we’re advising them to wait for backup for their own safety,” said Donahue in July.

Cops waiting for backup in dangerous situations isn’t good news for Chicago police and their families and it isn’t good news for the people of Chicago. Donahue and Bill Doherty, Vice President of the Fraternal Order of Police believe

Chicago Police protest at their South Michigan Avenue headquarters

that the shortage of officers has emboldened criminals against law enforcement.

Meanwhile, while assaults on police officers are up 20%, the mainstream media and politicians are blaming petty politics and sour grapes as the source of the  discontent.   In today’s Chicago Sun-Times, columnist Mark Brown pointed to the lower protest turnout as compared to the 2,000 officers who showed up at City Hall in 2009 to protest contract negotiations. Mayor Daley stood up for Superintendent Weis at a press conference this morning, blaming union discontent with Weis, a former FBI agent. “Everybody wants one of their own. I don’t know what ‘their own’ is today,” said Daley.

Is that political spin, political reality, or somewhere in between? Only Mark Donahue, Jody Weis, and Mayor Daley know for sure. The one other truth we do know of is buried with the three police officers killed this summer.

And that just isn’t something you can spin.

William J. Kelly is a life-long Chicagoan and a resident of the 42nd ward for more than ten years. He is a producer of Emmy-award winning television and hosts the Kelly Truth Squad on AM 560 WIND. His two columns at the Washington Times Communities are among the top 10 reads every week. He was previously the Executive Director of the National Taxpayers United of Illinois, an affiliate of the National Taxpayers Union. He currently resides in Streeterville with his wife, Laura.

For more information, visit the website at www.friendsofwilliamjkelly.com.

NEWS: KELLY RALLIES SUPPORTERS FOR CHICAGO POLICE RALLY WEDNESDAY

“Make Chicago a Sanctuary City for Law-Abiding Citizens,” says Kelly

(CHICAGO) – WIND-AM (560) talk show host William J. Kelly, who yesterday announced the formation of an exploratory committee for Alderman of the 42nd ward, is rallying supporters behind the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police as they prepare for their protest on police headquarters this Wednesday.  “The people of Chicago deserve to be safe. Now, they pay more taxes and they are less safe. Let’s make Chicago a sanctuary city for law-abiding citizens who play by the rules.”

Police are protesting what they say is “dangerously low manpower” that has left Chicago Police officers outnumbered and people feeling unsafe. The Chicago Police Department is 2,311 officers a day short of its authorized strength, counting vacancies, medical leave and limited duty,” say Fraternal Order of Police representatives. Police officers will be marching on Wednesday, September 15, at 10 am at Police Headquarters, located at 3510 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

“The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police have asked for our support; we owe it to them to stand up with them and for them now,” said Kelly,

William J. Kelly is a life-long Chicagoan and a resident of the 42nd ward for more than ten years. He is a producer of Emmy-award winning television and hosts the Kelly Truth Squad on AM 560 WIND. His two columns at the Washington Times Communities are among the top 10 reads every week. He was previously the Executive Director of the National Taxpayers United of Illinois, an affiliate of the National Taxpayers Union. He currently resides in Streeterville with his wife, Laura.

For more information, visit the website at www.friendsofwilliamjkelly.com.

NEWS: Kelly Announces Exploratory Committee for 42nd Ward Alderman

Monday, September 13, 2010

MEDIA ALERT

KELLY TO FORM EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE FOR 42ND WARD ALDERMAN

(CHICAGO) – Broadcaster William J. Kelly announces today that he will form an exploratory committee in a bid for alderman of the 42nd ward. “We don’t need any more hacks beholden to powerful politicians. From the parking meter debacle and waste and corruption in the City Council, the people of the 42nd ward are fed-up about the higher, higher taxes and declining quality of life in the ward,” said William J. Kelly, a former candidate for Illinois Comptroller.

Kelly plans to attend the City Club of Chicago luncheon today at Maggiano’s to hear Alderman Brendan Reilly’s remarks. “I’m planning to run for alderman because the 42nd ward needs one. Reilly is Michael Madigan’s alderman. I want to be the Alderman for the 42nd Ward. That is why today I am announcing for the formation of my exploratory committee,” said Kelly.

William J. Kelly is a life-long Chicagoan and has been a resident of the 42nd ward for more than ten years. He is a producer of Emmy-award winning television and hosts the Kelly Truth Squad on AM 560 WIND. His two columns at the Washington Times Communities are among the top 10 reads every week. He was previously the Executive Director of the National Taxpayers United of Illinois, an affiliate of the National Taxpayers Union. He currently resides in Streeterville with his wife, Laura.

For more information, visit the website at www.friendsofwilliamjkelly.com.