Month: November 2009


GOP Candidate Lobbies Steele on bringing RNC ’12 Convention to Chicago

After the loss of four major conventions and counting, it is clear that McPier CEO and Blagojevich crony, Juan Ochoa needs to resign immediately. As is well-known, Ochoa won his $195,000 post after raising campaign cash for our disgraced former governor. Especially after the loss of the 2016 Olympics, what we need now are major conventions to help stimulate Illinois’ economy and create much needed jobs. As the Chicago Sun-Times reported recently, I had the opportunity to speak with RNC Chairman Michael Steele about bringing the Republican National Convention to Chicago in 2012. But in order to bring the RNC National Convention and restore our lost convention business from Florida, Nevada, and Texas to Chicago, it is time for Juan Ochoa to go.

 Thanks to the mismanagement of the long-line of political hacks like Ochoa & Co., the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority will soon be yet another wasteland and a new drain on Illinois taxpayers. As has been reported, McPier’s projected operating losses will grow eightfold to $28.8 million in the fiscal year that started July and the State of Illinois will be on the hook for millions more to cover shortfalls in tourism taxes. To counter McPier’s shortfall, the state’s general sales tax fund was tapped for $18.8 million this year and will tap $34 million in 2010. Reports indicate that McPier’s cumulative funding gap is expected to exceed $500 million by 2020.

Illinois and Chicago’s economic climate are collapsing under its long-standing culture of corruption, nepotism, and cronyism and McPier is the latest example of this. This kind of backroom double-dealing, price-gouging, greed, and incompetence cannot be allowed to continue – not when Illinois businesses and families are stuck with the tab and not when more Illinois jobs will continue to be lost. Today, I am calling on Governor Pat Quinn and Mayor Richard Daley to demand the immediate resignation McPier CEO Juan Ochoa.

William J. Kelly is running on a platform to be Illinois’ first “activist” comptroller. He is the former executive director of the National Taxpayers United of Illinois. He is also an entrepreneur with an Emmy award-winning TV production company and currently hosts the multi-state sports TV series, “Sportsaholic.” For information, visit



Chicago’s Major Convention Losses Could Be Our GOP’s Gain

William J. Kelly, GOP Candidate for Illinois Comptroller

With Chicago swiftly losing its convention business – two major trade shows now and counting at the politically-tainted Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority known as McPier due to backroom deals, convention price-gouging, and escalating taxes – is there any hope for Chicago and Illinois’s convention business? As GOP candidate for Comptroller, I have an answer and, of course, it involves a party: The Republican Party. As the Chicago Sun-Times reported today, I had the opportunity to speak with RNC Chairman Michael Steele, about bringing the Republican National Convention to Chicago in 2012. He said, “Yes…But win some elections first.”

After the city’s loss of the 2016 Olympics, bringing the Republican National Convention to Chicago in 2012, would definitely be a boon to the Illinois and Chicago economies. I love Chicago and Illinois and there is nothing that would make me happier than to find ways to encourage business to come here and create economic wealth and prosperity for our citizens. But bringing a major event like the Republican National Convention would force also McPier to clean up its act. That kind of national scrutiny could shine a light on the backroom politicking and political hackery that has ruined Chicago’s convention business.

Plus what better symbol of the GOP’s comeback in 2012 then to have the Republican National Convention in Barack Obama’s backyard. It just doesn’t get any better than that.


Celebrated environmental icon Al Gore was in Chicago today to promote his new book “Our Choice.” Fortuntely, with the rise of Internet media and the power of conservative, liberatarian, and Tea Party bloggers, more Americans are beginning to understand the boondoggle that is cap-and-trade and how it could impact – read ruin – American families, their fortunes, their futures, and the free market Capitalist system that America was built on.  The mainstream media has only barely mentioned Gore’s personal hypocrisies concerning the environment and the billions he stands to make if cap-and-trade is enacted.  (NOTE: Gore is chairman and founder of a private equity firm called Generation Investment Management (GIM). The London-based firm invests money from institutions and wealthy investors in companies that are going green.)

However, despite the power of the opposition and the media sleight of hand that is taking place, we must continue to speak out on this and exert the pressure on elected public officials to make the right decision for American families. 

What is the right decision? Well, it is NOT cap-and-trade.  Cap-and-trade policy initiatives are fundamentally flawed and will hurt Americans from every walk of life. As families are reeling from an economy saddled with staggering debt and more than 10% unemployment, it is the height of arrogance for our elected officials to require families to pay, what amounts to, a hidden regressive tax. With the failed policies of the Obama Adminstration’s so-called stimulus, the Cash-for-Clunkers program, the mounting deficit, and the rush to socialize the American healthcare system, our elected officials have proven that they cannot be trusted to formulate common sense economic policy or with the public’s purse. The institution of cap-and-trade will only squeeze American families further and diminish American competitiveness globally, where countries like China and India, will continue to disregard any international call for limits on carbon.

 William J. Kelly is an anti-tax advocate with a history of protest since the 1990s, more than a decade before the Tea Party movement began. More candidates today are “popping up” in support of the Tea Parties, but few, if any, has ever really taken a stand in protest like Kelly. In true tea party spirit, Kelly plans to open up the state of Illinois’ books to real taxpayer watchdog groups and put a floodlight on government corruption.  He was formerly the Executive Director of the National Taxpayers United of Illinois and is known for his dramatic style of protest against President Clinton and Rep. Bobby Rush, in particular. He has been featured in the National Review’s “Rebel with a Cause,” “Sick Call in Illinois”, Sun-Times columnist Dennis Byrne’s “Not So Free Speech,” the Chicago Tribune, and many more. He owns an Emmy award-winning TV production house and hosts/executive produces Upscale TV and Sportsaholic.


 Before the TEA Party Movement Made Conservative Protest Cool

William J. Kelly, GOP Candidate for Illinois Comptroller

Being a conservative reformer in Illinois teaches you to be an optimist. I’ve found that old axiom to be true: that which does not kill you only makes you stronger. That is even truer if you are from Chicago. When it comes to reform, Chicago may not be the first word you think of. Corruption, yes; but reform, no. However, it is in Chicago and Illinois that conservative protest tests you.

As a taxpayer advocate and protester, I know that first hand. Very few political candidates in 2010 – maybe none – can say they’ve been arrested for protesting taxes. In fact, it would be something that most would try to hide. But, for me, it is a badge of conscience and honor. Moreover, it is why I am so proud to see and be a part of the TEA Party movement.

In my first job as Executive Director of the National Taxpayers United of Illinois, I worked for anti-tax causes and candidates. In this capacity, I quickly learned how the media – local and national – ignores our issues. But with the election of Bill Clinton in 1993, like the election of Barack Obama in 2008, I had felt that the tides were turning against average middle class taxpayers once again. During the campaign, Clinton had promised a middle class tax cut. As soon as he was elected, he quickly reversed his promise and proposed the largest tax increase, at that time, in American history. Finding out Clinton would be speaking at the Sheraton Hotel, I decided that I would confront him in front of the national media and did. “How can you claim gridlock when the House and Senate are controlled by members of your own party?” I asked, interrupting his speech. “You promised a middle-class tax cut. Now you are proposing the largest tax increase in American history. What you need to do is abide by your original campaign promise of a middle-class tax cut.”

The President scolded me for my rudeness and I left without incident, happy that I had put his feet to the fire and that the media couldn’t ignore it. But it was not without consequence. I was arrested and brought to the Metropolitan Correctional Center where I was interrogated, strip-searched, and spent the next 27 hours moving from solitary cell to the federal lock-up with drug dealers and bank robbers in handcuffs and leg irons.  I didn’t realize it at the time, but like many blessings, it changed my life.  It set me on a course of activism that gave my life real meaning and purpose.

After being frustrated with the media, I decided to beat them at their own game. My years of being a conservative activist made me realize we had to bring conservatives into the media and entertainment industries. We cannot shy away from them any longer. That was the lesson of Ronald Reagan. So I started a business from nothing and turned it into an Emmy award-winning production company to do precisely that. My activism has never stopped. Not one day.

 Why am I telling you this?  Because most candidates that pop up every two years (or in some cases three months) and tell you that they are a conservative or that they are a reformer or that they are anti-tax or that they are TEA party. Yet, they have never really stood up for anything or anyone. They have no history of activism so don’t be fooled. I’m a conservative reformer running as a Republican, not a Republican trying to be a conservative reformer.  There is a big difference and we cannot let the establishment party people tell voters anything different. I’m running for Illinois Comptroller because I believe that the Comptroller’s office will put true activists for real people in a position to really reform state government and rebuild Illinois.

 Originally, I fell in love with the Republican party because it was the party of business, of entrepreneurs, and of opportunity. I don’t know what happened to that party. Where did it go?? We need to FIGHT to bring back that party and that is why the TEA Party movement is so important – so that we do have a choice.  That real people Republican Party is the party that can win and allow us to lead with a mandate. 

 The democrats have only one answer to every problem – raise taxes.  As a businessman I understand that taxes are not real revenue.  Real revenue only comes from business. In the real world, real businesses have to have ethics every day, understand and thrive on competition, be efficient, accountable and transparent if they want to survive. These are the values that I will take to the Comptroller’s office. With your help and in true TEA Party spirit, I will be able to open up Illinois’ books to true government watchdogs and shine the light in all the places the government elite least want it.

 For information on William J. Kelly’s campaign, visit



Comptroller Candidate Says Opponent is   Stalking Horse  

(CHICAGO) – GOP Comptroller candidate William J. Kelly is calling out his primary opponent, Jim Dodge, for campaign contributions to Judy Baar Topinka (R-IL) and Orland Park Mayor, Democrat Dan McLaughlin. “We need real reform in Illinois,” said Kelly. “We don’t need anymore backroom politics and that is what my two Republican opponents are all about.”  

 The Illinois Board of Election lists Dodge’s contribution of $500 to Topinka and multiple contributions totaling $1300-$2300 to McLaughlin, facts which corroborate Kelly’s contention that his opponent double-deals with Democrats and was put in the race to help Topinka win the February 2010 primary.  “We were right all along and now we have the proof,” said Kelly.  

Supporters of Dodge have been mounting an Internet smear campaign against Kelly. Last week, Dodge supporters also circulated false reports that Kelly was exiting the race. But Kelly says he is in the “race until the end to give Republican primary voters a real reform option.”  

Kelly’s race against Topinka, a liberal Republican, mirrors the civil war in the Republican party taking place on the state and federal levels across the country, most recently in the NY-23 special congressional election pitting Dede Scozzafava against conservative Douglas Hoffman.  Kelly is also working with a national Facebook group called, Rid the Republican Party of R.I.N.O’s, a group that has made Topinka’s defeat one of their objectives.   “2010 is the best chance Illinois has to put conservative reformers in office and save Illinois from corruption, waste, fraud, and abuse of the public’s trust,” said Kelly. “But in order for true reform to take place, we need real reformers – not fake ones – running for office like Judy Baar Topinka or her cronies,” said Kelly. “This is the same underhanded political tactics of the past that the voters are rejecting and, today, I am calling it out for what it is.”  

 William J. Kelly is the former executive director of the National Taxpayers United of Illinois. He is an entrepreneur with an Emmy award-winning TV production company and currently hosts a multi-state sports TV series, “Sportsaholic.” For information, visit


(CHICAGO ) – Champion News’ Jack Roeser has been promoting false reports on his website that GOP Comptroller candidate William J. Kelly is exiting the Comptroller’s race.  This week, Roeser’s website continued to list the false story even after Kelly’s campaign issued a strong statement that he was “in the race until the end.”

During a radio show on Sunday, Roeser called Kelly a “scared rabbit” and said that Kelly should withdrawal from the race.  “Jack Roeser and I have known and dealt with each other for decades,” said Kelly. “So I find all of his statements very strange.”

To wit, on Monday, Roeser posted an article that praised and clarified Kelly’s record of conservative activism and has said that Kelly is a “decent man whom I have known for 20 years.”  Despite this, Roeser has continued to help perpetuate rumors and innuendo against Kelly that many are viewing as unseemly to the Champion News’ reputation.

As to Roeser’s statement that Kelly is a “scared rabbit,” Kelly says, “I challenge Jack Roeser to have me live on his radio program to set the record straight this Sunday. Then we will shall see who the scared rabbit really is.”

William J. Kelly is the former executive director of the National Taxpayers United of Illinois and was recently profiled in the Washington Times. He is a successful entrepreneur with an Emmy award-winning TV production company and currently hosts a multi-state sports TV series, “Sportsaholic.” For information, visit



William J. Kelly, GOP candidate for Illinois Comptroller, received the endorsement of the Niles Township Regular Republican Organization on Sunday.

“This endorsement shows that my opponent’s smear campaign is not working. He has been telling people that I am out of the race and is having bloggers perpetuate this false report,” said Kelly. “I am the only candidate in the race who has a twenty year history of passionate, outspoken conservative activism. My opponent hasn’t been on the conservative radar for more than three months. This smear campaign being run against me has no place in the future of the Republican Party. We need to be bold, turn the page, and nominate true conservative reformers. And if we do this, I know that together we can win. “That is why I am very proud to have received the endorsement of the Niles Township Regular Republican Organization.”

 William J. Kelly is the former executive director of the National Taxpayers United of Illinois and was recently profiled in the Washington Times. He is a successful entrepreneur with an Emmy award-winning TV production company and currently hosts a multi-state sports TV series, “Sportsaholic.” For information, visit