Month: January 2010



Statement by William J. Kelly, Republican candidate for Comptroller

 This year is the year for reform. Good, honest people who believe in reform now have the opportunity to get it – but only if you choose the right candidate on February 2nd.  You have witnessed the campaign for comptroller for yourselves and you have seen that there is a clear choice: A clear choice between my opponents who have a history of double-dealing and who have focused on a smear campaign of lies and falsehoods. I offer another choice – a better choice. I am the only true outsider reformer in the race and have proven that I am not afraid to stand up and speak out on all the important issues. If I am your comptroller, I will put a full spotlight on Illinois’ corrupt finances, expose the insider deals, use the office to force a balanced budget and open up elite public bidding contracts to all the small business owners of Illinois. That is reform, that is what we need and that is exactly what the insider politicians – the status quo – don’t want. That is why we have to band together and get out the vote. 

The vicious smear campaign against me, my staff, and even my deceased father has exposed my opponents for the kind of people they truly are. My opponent, Jim Dodge, has hired Joe “Low Blow” Novak to launch this smear campaign. Judy Baar Topinka has stated publicly that she was intending to hire Novak – a long-time associate of hers, who has worked for Richard M. Daley, Walter Mondale, and many others. Novak is a master Democrat smear doctor. But now you know the truth. You know who is the good guy and who are the bad guys.

As a result of our message, our campaign has caught fire – downstate in Illinois and throughout the state. 2010 is all about reform and now is the time to make it happen so please forward this message and tell your friends.  It is time to do something for the voters, the taxpayers, and for the people – not just the insider elites. Go out and vote now!

 Best and thank you!

William J. Kelly

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BREAKING NEWS: Dodge Bloggers Caught Lying About False Tea Party Event

Statement by William J. Kelly, Candidate for Illinois Comptroller

I just want to thank everyone for their tremendous outpouring of support. Thank you also for standing tough and tall with me against this smear campaign orchestrated by my opponents Judy Baar Topinka and Jim Dodge. I got a lot of enthusiastic calls after my appearance on Fox Thursday morning where I let everyone know about the Topinka-Dodge smear campaign and who was behind it.

Jim Dodge’s D-2 election disclosures reveal the truth: That he hired nationally-known Democrat smear master, Joe “Low Blow” Novak to create a campaign of lies and deceit against me. Novak, a long-time associate of Judy Baar Topinka,  has done dirty work for Richard M. Daley and Walter Mondale to name a few. Topinka even told the Southtown Star that “she” was going to hire Novak in her campaign this year.  Just follow the trail of dirt and you eventually get the truth. All you have to do is connect the dots.

Dodge agents actually have “paid” bloggers like Lynn Thomas to build a mountain of falsehoods so ridiculous that they belong in the National Enquirer. Jack Roeser and his employee, Doug Ibendahl, have lost all their credibility by promoting this hate-filled campaign. They’ve even attacked my deceased father, a former Chicago public school principal and a good and honorable man his whole life.

On Friday, the Dodge-Topinka “paid” blogger,  Lynn Thomas, and others launched another smear about me at an event that was supposed to be a Tea Party event – but apparently wasn’t.  The good people who attended this event are very upset about this deception and should be. (The organizer  of the event states in the American Liberty Alliance Blog: “The Park District had to have a name of the group holding the meeting so I made one up for them. Tea Party Conservatives. So far I am the only member.”)

Dodge, their “paid” bloggers and all the others have been caught red-handed in yet another lie. What this proves is that all they have is lies and more lies. What we have is fortunately….the truth.

People don’t want any more insiders, deceivers, game players, and backroom deals. They certainly do NOT want candidates who lie, deceive, and manipulate. Honest people throughout Illinois want real reform – the kind of reform that only a true outsider can deliver. I want to open the books to the government watchdogs and give small businesses throughout Illinois the opportunity to bid on Illinois contracts. The elites have had enough of our hard-earned taxpayer money. Haven’t they? But the insiders want to prevent this from happening – and that is why I am being so viciously attacked.  Now is not the time to waste or split your vote. If you want a true outsider who can institute real reform, do not be fooled by any of the lies. I am the only authentic outsider reformer in this race. I’ve had a lot of apologies of people this week since the D-2 disclosures became known.  I’m glad that people have learned the truth and have joined our team.

Thank you for your support! I won’t forget it!!

William J. Kelly

William J. Kelly is campaigning on a platform to be Illinois’ first activist comptroller. For more information, visit



(CHICAGO) – William J. Kelly, Republican candidate for comptroller turned around the Freedom from Religion’s “Winter Solstice” sign in December due to its hostile and hateful language towards religion and was detained and ejected from the State Capitol building in Springfield, Illinois.  Kelly’s attorney, Mark Roth is filing a lawsuit in federal court this morning, which states that the Freedom from Religion’s sign violates the U.S. Constitution’s Establishment Clause.

The Freedom from Religion’s Winter Solstice sign says, “There is no god, no angels, no devils, no heaven, no hell. Religion is just a myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.” “We need to stop the hate speech against Christians and all religious people,” says Kelly. “It is this attitude of hate that has enabled the stripping of religion, tradition, and history from our holidays, our history books, and our culture in general. Perhaps the atheists need some sensitivity training.” 

The United States Supreme Court has specifically held, that the Constitution “affirmatively mandates accommodation, not merely tolerance, of all religions, and forbids hostility toward any…” Kelly’s legal case could offer precedent-setting law and impact all atheist displays with similar language. The lawsuit is for declaratory relief and permanent injunction.



I went to Illinois’ Capitol on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 – a beautiful, ornate building steeped in history and tradition – to have an 11:00 AM press conference. I recapped where we are in the race for Comptroller and reaffirmed my contention that I am the only candidate in the race – Republican or Democrat – that is a true reformer, a true activist that would open the books to expose the insider deals once and for all. I quickly shifted to the real purpose of the press conference: to remove the atheist sign in the Capitol’s rotunda – to remove a sign that constituted hate speech against Christians and Christmas and against anyone who believes in God. The sign reads: There are no gods, no heaven, no hell. Religion is myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds. Clearly, this sign is not intended to promote good will towards anyone. It fully constitutes hate speech. America’s Founding Fathers wanted to guarantee our freedom of religion, not denigrate and mock religion.

Even just as a private citizen, raised Catholic, I believe it is necessary to stand up for what is right and call things out when they are wrong. After I left the press room, I went to the rotunda where about more than a dozen police officers were guarding the sign, waiting for me. I picked up the atheists’ sign, turned it around, and I was immediately asked by the Illinois state capitol police to follow them. Because I respect the wishes of law enforcement, I immediately complied. The officer took me to a detention room and a report was filed. After that, I was escorted out of the Capitol building and the police are further conducting an investigation. As a candidate for comptroller, I believe it is absolutely wrong for Illinois’ officials to be spending tax dollars to denigrate and mock good people of faith. It is faith that gets us through all of our great tragedies of life and brings us together. That is not something that should be disparaged. No good that comes from that. And how is that freedom of religion? Clearly, Governor Quinn and the atheists need some sensitivity training.

We need to stop the hate speech against Christians and the stripping of religion, tradition, and history for our holidays, our history books, and our culture in general. I want to reaffirm that – not only should this sign be removed by Governor Pat Quinn – but as comptroller I will guarantee that we will never have hate speech in Illinois’ state Capitol in Springfield – especially at Christmas time.


William J. Kelly

William J. Kelly is running on a platform to be Illinois’ first activist comptroller. For more information, visit


According to D-2s, Kelly’s Opponent, Dodge, Hired “Low Blow” Joe Novak, Daily Southtown Reports Topinka was Planning to Hire Novak for her “Comeback” Bid

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 – Illinois Republican Party Headquarters – 205 W. Randolph, Chicago, 1:30 p.m.

(CHICAGO) – Today, at the Illinois Republican Party Headquarters in Chicago, Republican candidate for Illinois comptroller, William J. Kelly, will call on Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady to publicly disavow the smear campaign of his opponents. Recent D-2 disclosures have revealed that Kelly’s opponent, Jim Dodge, hired Joe Novak, a long-time Democrat political consultant known nationally for his smear campaigns with ties to Judy Baar Topinka. Kelly’s opponents have launched an unprecedented smear campaign against the candidate, including an investigation of his deceased father, a Chicago public school principal who died in 2006.

At the beginning of the primary election season, Illinois Republican Chairman, Pat Brady, said that he would call out the party’s primary candidates if their negative campaigning crossed the line. “We will call people out for that. We’re not going to have a divided primary this year,” said GOP Chairman Pat Brady.

Kelly says he is holding Brady to his promise. “Chairman Brady called on Republicans to focus their attention on the Democrats and the issues, which we have done in our campaign. We have focused on the issues of reform, corruption, and balancing the budget. Yet my opponents have done nothing but smear me,” says Kelly. “From D-2 election disclosures, we now know that my opponent has hired a nationally-known smear merchant, Joe Novak. They have gone so far as to target my family and staff, manipulated video clips from my Emmy award-winning TV series, and have even attacked my deceased father. This is not a clean break from the past, this is not even politics as usual – this is lower than low.” 

Novak’s nick name, “Low Blow Joe” is known for his dirty political campaigns and worked for Walter Mondale and Richard M. Daley. The Daily Southtown reports that Topinka was planning on hiring Novak for her campaign for comptroller.

“Today, I am calling on Chairman Pat Brady to denounce and disavow the smear campaign of my opponents and to keep the promise he made. If this is the kind of Republican Party that Pat Brady condones, then it is not just Illinois that needs reform. It is the Republican party of insiders that needs reform.”

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 “People in Illinois have not had their chance to be heard – whether they are for or against the Thomson Prison plan. Instead, what is happening here is the ‘Chicago Way.’  The “public hearings” in Sterling, Illinois were just a formality because the plan was decided upon by the Obama Administration and Governor Quinn.  In their rush to close Guantanamo and give terrorist detainees the same rights as American citizens, they have not stopped to consider the consequences: Why should we give terrorists the same rights as American citizens? Under U.S. law, could we be forced to let terrorists go free? Could we be making Chicago and Illinois a bigger terrorist target than it already is?”

“President Obama wants this prison in Thomson and Governor Quinn and every political hack will do everything possible to make it happen. Yet there is no economic benefit to this Cash for Al-Qaeda plan. The federal government will not even be paying half of what it cost the taxpayers of Illinois to build Thomson Correctional Center.  That is why we need public opinion more than ever before to help us fight this.”

“After canvassing potential plaintiffs in Thomson, Illinois over the last few weeks, we know that the residents and Thomson employees are against this plan. However, even the prison guards at Thomson who are afraid of losing their jobs, have been ordered not to speak with anyone. The message I am telling you is this: This is the time to stand up and fight this. You may not get another opportunity. If we stand up together and make our voices heard, we have the chance to stop this plan from happening. We fought a war in Iraq and Afghanistan to make sure that terrorists never set foot on American soil – let’s not start now. Please join us and become a plaintiff in this lawsuit to stop the closure of Thomson Prison and its transfer to the federal government.”


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 and see the web documentary that the Rockford Tea Party gave a standing ovation, “A Conservative in Chicago!” 

View the web documentary, “A Conservative in Chicago” – parts 1 and 2:


Roeser, Dodge “Paid” Bloggers Tied to Attacks on Kelly’s Deceased Dad

 (CHICAGO) – A series of election disclosures raise serious questions about the campaign of Jim Dodge and his direct involvement in the smear campaign against Republican comptroller candidate William J. Kelly . Recent political D-2 disclosures reveal:

A $7500 fee to political consultant Joe Novak from Citizens for Jim Dodge. Novak, whose bad reputation for dirty tricks earned him the nickname “Low Blow Joe,” has worked for Walter Mondale and Mayor Richard M. Daley.

A $5,000 contribution from Jack Roeser’s Renaissance PAC to Committee to Elect Paul Mitchell. Mitchell’s campaign manager, Lynn Thomas, pens a blog that has been deeply involved in the smear campaign against Kelly’s campaign.

Two in-kind contributions of $500 each from Jack Roeser’s Renaissance PAC to Citizens for Jim Dodge for video production work. Dodge and his agents have been deceptively re-editing video from Kelly’s Emmy award-winning TV series in attack ad spots with no disclaimer.

In November 2009, Jack Roeser and his Champion News website had a very public battle with Kelly and issued false reports that Kelly was exiting the comptroller’s race. For months, Kelly has condemned his opponents who have been spinning rumors and false information. “This is not a clean break from the past. This is the Topinka-Dodge smear campaign that does not have any future in the Illinois Republican party. February 2nd is an important day for reform and will determine what kind of Republican Party we will have. It is time for true conservatives, true Republicans, and true Tea Party activists to call on Pat Brady to denounce the smears and the lies.  If Pat Brady cannot denounce this – this raises serious questions about what kind of Republican Party we hope to have in November and beyond,” says Kelly.

Most recently, a blog penned by Lynn Thomas, whose campaign received the $5,000 contribution, said that she and others were investigating Kelly’s deceased father who was a Chicago public school principal, questioning how he made his living: “That is something that is being further investigated – it doesn’t add up that somebody even a Principal in Chicago’s school system who makes a hundred or so grand a year would have enough money to leave a TRUST…”

“Jim Dodge, Judy Baar Topinka, and their agents are beneath contempt for “investigating” my deceased father, who was a very, very good man. False information is coming out of Jim Dodge’s own website, their paid bloggers, and is being distributed by smear merchants in Carpentersville, Illinois. It is defamatory, it is not protected under the law, and we will be taking legal action this week,” says Kelly.

See the web documentary that the Rockford Tea Party gave a standing ovation! “See “A Conservative in Chicago” – parts 1 and 2:

 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


 In Response to Opponents’ Smears, Kelly Set to Run TV Attack Ad

Statement by William J. Kelly, Republican candidate for comptroller

Scott Brown’s stunning victory in Massachusetts on Tuesday has proved two things. First, that people are demanding reform. And second, that the voters will not tolerate any more smear campaigns. Scott Brown’s opponents attacked him at every turn, using every underhanded smear in the book and the voters turned on them. The people were smarter than the smear merchants gave them credit for. That is what my TV ad spot is all about.

The voters are rejecting the Topinka-Dodge smear campaign. In attacking my deceased father, my opponents have crossed the line. My opponents are “investigating” how my dad, a public school teacher, could have amassed any money. My dad wasn’t political. He was a principal in the Chicago Public Schools and a teacher.  He was hard working and frugal and saved his money.  I think I wore my father’s hand-me-downs until I was about 20. That is what middle class people do.

My father died years ago after struggles with his heart and prostate cancer. So, here’s my question: Jim Dodge and Judy Baar Topinka, how low can you go? Is that honorable? Is that what a conservative or what a Republican does? Any person who does that isn’t fit for office of any kind in this election or any election.

These despicable people have attacked a lot of other good people too. Yet, hypocritically, Jim Dodge’s own public record shows his financial support to Topinka and thousands in contributions to Democrats over Republicans. He is a smear merchant of the worst kind. That is why we will be filing a lawsuit against members of Dodge’s campaign next week.

Why are they doing this? Because it is an act of desperation. On Monday, I debated Judy Baar Topinka’s representative, Jim Dodge, on Chicago Tonight and it was a political game changer. The course of the campaign has changed. All of our internal polling shows a shift to our campaign. People now know that Topinka-Dodge is insider status quo and William J. Kelly is the real reformer outsider.

People know now that with William J. Kelly, I will open the books, expose the insider deals and finally give small businesses a crack at the bidding contracts currently reserved for the elite. And that is why this is so important. Now, we can let the rest of Illinois know this truth too in the last days of the campaign. By running this TV commercial, we can absolutely seal the deal so that we can have real reform in Illinois. More and more people discovered that a Kelly comptroller is the taxpayers’ ace in the hole. That is where you can help.

 Please visit and make a contribution of $25 or more to help us run this commercial on Fox News and elsewhere.


William J. Kelly

See the web documentary that the Rockford Tea Party gave a standing ovation! “See “A Conservative in Chicago” – parts 1 and 2:

 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