Kelly Outs Dirty Jim Dodge Live on Premier Public Affairs Show, “Chicago Tonight”

Statement by William J. Kelly, Republican candidate for Illinois comptroller

Dear Friends,

I want to thank you for all your support and congratulations on my live debate this week on Chicago Tonight.  Many of you have called it a game changer in this race and I agree with you.  When host Phil Ponce said that my opponent Judy Baar Topinka was unable to make the debate, I said right from the start that she didn’t need to be here because “Jim Dodge was there to represent her.” I also talked about the savage smear campaign Dodge has personally leveled against me.  Conservatives, real Republicans, and independents saw with their very own eyes that he did nothing to defend himself against my charge that he is a spoiler and a smear merchant who has gone as low as you can go. Why didn’t he? Because it is all too true.  You emailed me or called me in to let me know how damning Dodge’s performance truly was. Well, now you know the real truth and you know who is responsible for the dirty smear campaign.

But this is what our campaign is all about.  The Dodge-Topinka smear campaign against me represents the insider status quo.  I am the only outsider-reformer in this race.  Dodge-Topinka will use the comptroller’s office to preserve the status quo. In contast, I will open the books to full disclosure and shine a spotlight on all their insider corruption. Really, there is no difference between the Dodge-Topinka smear campaign and the Democrats in power now. They are the same.  But a Kelly comptroller’s office would finally be the taxpayer’s ace in the hole. 

Unlike my two RINO opponents,  I would open up Illinois’ contracting bidding process to full disclosure. I would put the process online and enable small businesses to participate – a process that has been, up until now, just for the insiders.  Small businesses always do a better job. They are more efficient and can save the taxpayers money – that is particularly important now more than ever with Illinois on the brink of insolvency.

We need true reformers – not double-dealers, not smear merchants, not Republicans pretending to be conservatives, not Republicans who give money to democrats so they can get into office and preserve the corrupt system we have in place.  If you have seen my web documentary, “A Conservative in Chicago” – you know I mean what I say.  They don’t mean what they say.  I’m the man you can trust. Dodge-Topinka – you can never trust them.

Together, we can make a difference. Vote for me, William J. Kelly, on February 2nd!

Thank you and God Bless you,

William J. Kelly

View the web documentary, “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


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