Month: November 2012

Kelly calls for Dec 4th Springfield Protest: Just say “No” to Driver’s Licenses for Illegals


Tuesday, December 4, 2012 – 10:00 AM Rally in the Capitol Rotunda, Springfield Illinois 

Tuesday afternoon – lobbying of Springfield legislators

Springfield coordinator: Sandy Dragoo, (ph) 217.725.9445,

Or contact William J. Kelly at (312) 768-8683 or

Thanks to Republican Leader Sen. Christine Radogno and Sen. Bill Brady, a new controversial bill to permit 250,000 illegal immigrants to receive Illinois driver’s licenses just cleared Senate Executive Committee by a 12-2 vote Thursday. A full Senate vote is expected next week.

If passed by the House and signed by Gov. Quinn in January, Illinois will join other states like New Mexico and Washington State in issuing licenses to undocumented workers.

According to the Highway Safety Coalition (HSC), a pro-amnesty front group, approximately 80,000 accidents are caused every year by “unlicensed, uninsured immigrants” in Illinois.

That begs the question: what happens to the 80,000 uninsured illegal immigrants involved in those accidents?

Illinois is a sanctuary state with a very lenient policy on illegal immigration. So next to nothing happens. Insurance premiums skyrocket and legal, insured drivers are on the hook for an extra $836 million a year.

So isn’t that another reason to punish – instead of rewarding – uninsured, illegal drivers?

Apparently, that’s not what Republican lawmakers Sen. Christine Radogno and Sen. Bill Brady believe.

This isn’t the first time Illinois has had a run-in with issuing “illegal” driver’s licenses.

n 1994, an illegally licensed truck driver named Ricardo Guzman caused the deaths of the six young Willis children in a fiery van crash near Milwaukee.

A large piece of the truck’s taillight assembly had broken off and Guzman, who purposely ignored the warnings of other drivers, failed to stop. He said he was afraid of being stopped by police. Other driver’s radioed him on the CB but Guzman, a Mexican native, didn’t understand English.

Duane and Janet Willis’ van struck the assembly which pierced the gas tank, exploding the van and trapping the young Willis children inside. No human being should die like that – much less six children.

The horrific deaths of the Willis children ignited a federal investigation into how Guzman managed to get a commercial driver’s license or CDL.The resulting investigation, Operation Safe Roads, exposed a heinous bribery scheme in George Ryan’s Secretary of State’s office: Pay a bribe, get a license.

From driver’s licenses to vehicle stickers, Ryan & Co. collected their kickbacks. Whistle blowers told their party bosses that unqualified people were receiving licenses and were promptly told to shut up and look the other way.  Unsafe driver’s who failed the driving test were put on the road. And people died.

A lot of people died – not just the Willis children.


The investigation determined that more than 2,000 tainted licenses were issued and all the while Ryan had been collecting cash payments, gifts and vacations at Jamaican villas. 80 defendants were eventually convicted in the wide-ranging scheme.

There are political motives behind this new legislation in Illinois to allow illegal immigrants to receive driver’s licenses too.

Of course, Illinois politicians are licking their chops over all those votes in the growing Hispanic community.

The corporate headquarters of State Farm Insurance is in Bloomington, Illinois–Sen. Bill Brady’s state senate district. They would benefit from this deal. Is State Farm twisting Brady’s arm?

How many unqualified drivers will be issued licenses this time? Who will be on the receiving end of the kickbacks? How many more people will die?

We need to put an end to the madness and say “no” to rewarding bad behavior.

Join me on December 4th in Springfield, Illinois to let lawmakers like Sen. Bill Brady and Sen. Christine Radogno know how you feel about their support for driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants.

Instead of rewarding bad behavior, we need to punish it.

We need legislation that ensures we have safe streets for the people of Illinois of every race, color, and creed. This new legislation that is being supported by the GOP establishment does not protect the people of Illinois.

For information about the protest, contact Amy at (312) 768-8683 or


Judy Baar Topinka should become a Democrat, William Kelly says

Chicago, Illinois, November 28, 2012 – Conservative commentator William J. Kelly has issued the following statement regarding Illinois comptroller Judy Baar Topinka:

Due to Illinois comptroller Judy Baar Topinka’s stated support for legislation that will allow driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants, I am calling on her to make it official: switch parties and run as a Democrat in 2014.

The reason we have political parties and platforms is so that voters know what and who they are really voting for. Political candidates betray voter trust by running on one set of principles and then politically jumping ship. In this case, the Republican Party platform clearly opposes illegal immigration. Can you be a Republican and support or encourage illegal immigration? I do not believe you can.

I became a Republican because it was the party of law and order. That is what the GOP stands for. As Republicans and as Americans, we cannot support policies that sanction illegal activity or undermine our national sovereignty.

So why is Judy Baar Topinka supporting this legislation? As usual, she is pandering for votes. It’s not about principle; it’s about elections.

The Highway Safety Coalition, a pro-immigration rights interest group, says that more than 79,000 accidents a year are caused by uninsured undocumented workers in Illinois. And the only solution Springfield lawmakers can come up with is to issue repeat lawbreakers state-issued IDs?

The legislation being considered during the current Springfield veto session will only attract more illegal immigration to Illinois and perhaps that is what some lawmakers want but it is not what Illinois needs.

I am calling on all voters to join together in a non-partisan coalition to stand up for legal citizenship, the rule of law, and to oppose this legislation now.

To contact the Illinois comptroller’s office, call (217) 782-6000. You can call any member of the Illinois General Assembly at the Capitol in Springfield by calling the Capitol Switchboard at (217) 782-2000 and asking for you Illinois State Representative or Illinois State Senator by name.


William J. Kelly is the Chairman of, a non-profit organization.  He writes a weekly column for the DC-based Communities at the Washington Times and contributes to national publications like the American Spectator and He is a former statewide candidate for Illinois comptroller.

To schedule comment or for questions, please contact Laura at (312) 768-8683 or

More Election Fall Out, Conservative Group Calls on IL GOP Chair to Resign

Chicago, IL, November 19, 2012 – Citing a failure of leadership, the conservative Illinois Center Right Coalition (ICRC) has issued a resolution calling for Pat Brady to step down as Illinois GOP Party Chairman.

The call for Brady’s resignation comes just one week after a challenge to Senate Republican leader Christine Radogno’s leadership from within the GOP.

“Under Brady’s failed leadership, the Illinois Republican Party is weaker than it has been in decades,” says ICRC Chairman Frank Napolitano. “Republicans lost any say in the statewide remap as a result of the party’s poor performance in 2010; that sealed the fate of Republicans on November 6th and GOP leadership must now be held accountable.”

In total, the Illinois GOP lost four congressional seats, seven state house seats, and five state senate seats giving Illinois Democrats a veto-proof supermajority in the legislature.

The ICRC resolution faults Illinois GOP leadership across the board, citing job loss due to Republican crossovers to vote with Democrats on excessive laws, mandates and taxes; the sabotage of Republican candidates for office by party leadership; and the failure of GOP leadership to slate any candidates for 39 house seats and 18 senate seats, leaving Democrat candidates unopposed.

The text of the ICRC Resolution reads as follows:

WHEREAS the election laws of the State Of Illinois have been ‘engineered’ to greatly impair the opportunity for third party / independent candidates for office and

WHEREAS the Democratic Party of the State of Illinois has a party platform which the ICRC cannot support and

WHEREAS the platform for the Republican Party of the State of Illinois aligns closely with the ICRC platform; the Steering Committee of the ICRC promotes and supports primarily Republican candidates for office and

WHEREAS The lack of effective leadership within the Illinois GOP has had an economic impact resulting in the loss of thousands of Illinois jobs due to a Democratic majority (with the aid of Republican crossovers) implementing excessive laws, rules, regulations, mandates and taxes on Illinois Commerce and Illinois’ citizens and

WHEREAS the appointments of some additional Republican candidates for State Office were openly thwarted by Officers of the Illinois Republican Party and

WHEREAS thirty nine Democrats ran unopposed for the State Legislature and eighteen Democrats ran unopposed for the State Senate and

WHEREAS the lack of good Republican candidates resulted in complete Democratic veto proof majorities in the Illinois General Assembly and the Illinois Senate

WHEREAS the Chairman of the Illinois GOP used donated money to advertise a Vote By Mail campaign while other Republicans were educating voters on the subject of absentee voter election fraud and

WHEREAS the Chairman of the Illinois GOP could only offer the following reason for a liberal election tsunami in Illinois: “We’ve got to get over this caricature of us as being a bunch of angry people standing in the way of everything.”1

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the members of the Illinois Center Right Coalition call for the immediate resignation of the Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party.


 For more information, contact William Kelly at at (312) 768-8683 or



KELLY TO ROCKFORD TEA: Blame Brady, Cross, and…Radogno

Chicago, Illinois, November 15, 2012 – Some  Illinois conservative leaders are up-in-arms calling for Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno to go.

Family PAC’s Paul Caprio has cited Radogno’s failure to help support pro-family candidates for office and has made statements in support of Sen. Kyle McCarter and Sen. Dan Duffy to take on the GOP reigns.  Other conservatives also remember Radogno’s involvement in the passage of HB 5007 – which implements ObamaCare’s expansion of Medicaid two years early in Illinois. Last May, she urged five lame duck Republicans to cross-over and vote for the bill.

So, yes, I agree, Radogno should go. We just don’t need any more Republicans who act like Democrats.

But if Radogno is an example of failed Illinois GOP leadership, then there are other “Republican leaders” that are clearly just as culpable for the political meltdown that took place last Tuesday.

If the argument against Radogno is that she failed to support pro-family Republican candidates this election cycle or due to her role as architect in the passage of progressive tax bills and spending,  then Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady and House Republican Leader Tom Cross should also step down and step down now.

The combined “leadership” of Brady, Cross, and Radogno has delivered nothing but failure to Illinois Republican voters.

Even in 2010 – a national Republican landslide year – the Illinois GOP establishment fumbled the single biggest opportunity for continued Republican gains:  the gubernatorial race .  By losing that race, Illinois Republicans lost any say in the statewide legislative remap.

That was key to Republicans’ political future.

What kind of political future can we really expect now? The legislative redistricting process takes places once a decade.

That failure – again in a Republican landslide election year – is the reason for the political bloodbath we experienced in Illinois last week.  It is that failure that caused Illinois Republicans to lose four congressional seats, seven state house seats, and five state senate seats giving Illinois Democrats supermajorities – and strong one-party Democrat rule.

But Brady, Cross, and Radogno are not taking any responsibility for this epic failure.

Late yesterday, Cross endorsed Radogno for another term.  Brady has already stated he has no plans to resign.

Instead, these failed leaders say they will put forward a “plan” for the future of the Illinois Republican Party.  A plan that apparently involves even more moderate Republicans – instead of conservative ones.  A plan that – in the words of Rep. Aaron Schock involves candidates that “don’t offend moderate women and young people.”

What exactly is that supposed to mean?

Was liberal Judy Biggert a candidate that “offended women and young people?” How what about Bob Dold?  Dold was a pro-choice Republican who even introduced legislation to save Planned Parenthood from having its funding cut.

Aren’t these the text-book liberal Republicans that the Illinois establishment now says it needs to win elections moving forward?

So why didn’t these candidates win last Tuesday?

Conservative and Tea Party candidates were the force behind the 2010 election gains – Brady, Cross, and Radogno can take no credit for that.

Now, just two years after those dramatic victories, are Republican voters supposed to believe that the national and Illinois electorate no longer has an appetite for a message of pro-family values and personal and fiscal responsibility?

That is what our Illinois GOP leaders and members of the media would have us now believe.

The truth is – the Illinois GOP leadership of Brady,Cross, and Radogno blew it in 2010 and 2012 and now they deserve to go.


Chicago, Illinois, November 10, 2012 – William J. Kelly has announced the formation of an exploratory committee for Illinois comptroller for the 2014 elections. Kelly, who ran previously for the office, made his announcement today at the Illinois Center Right Coalition.

Kelly has issued the following statement:

Today, in wake of Tuesday’s election bloodbath – local, state, and national – Republicans need to start organizing for 2014. Some people will say it is too early – I say, hopefully, it is not already too late. Many have asked me: What do we do now? First, I’ve called for Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady to resign for his failures in 2010 and 2012. Earlier this year, we called for direct elections at the Illinois State GOP Convention and now are in the process of filing a lawsuit to return, to Republican voters, the right to vote for their party leadership. Leadership needs to be accountable to the people and that is what direct elections will accomplish. Finally, we will be developing a slate of candidates from top to bottom – from the U.S. Senate on down.

To that end, I am announcing the formation of my exploratory committee to run for Illinois Comptroller. I ran for comptroller in 2010 against Judy Baar Topinka to use the office as a check on the out-of-control spending in Springfield. Two years into Topinka’s rein as comptroller – we are still not better off. We do not have less spending. We do not have lower taxes. We do not have more accountability or transparency. We haven’t been upgraded. We’ve been downgraded – twice.

In this formative stage, I intend to go around the entire state of Illinois for the next two years and meet with and listen to any group that is sincere about reforming the state of Illinois. If my candidacy is in the voters’ best interests, I pledge to be the most accessible candidate and the most transparent comptroller in the history of Illinois.

The slate of candidates that I support in 2014 will be developed in conjunction with proven statewide leaders and organizations. Together, we will them give them candidate training, handle their media, fundraising, aid them in their petition initiatives, and travel with them through the state to ensure their voices are heard and are known to the GOP primary voters.

Like many others, I was deeply disappointed – but not surprised – at Tuesday’s election results. The Illinois GOP has been a fractured party of political insiders for too long. Together, real Republican leaders and organizers have the opportunity to change that in 2012 in beyond.


A longtime taxpayer watchdog, William J. Kelly is a conservative columnist with national and DC publications. He is the Chairman of, a non-profit organization dedicated to free market principles. A lifelong resident of Illinois, he is the founder and principal of an Emmy award-winning TV production house in Chicago.

‘FIRE PAT BRADY’ New Calls for IL GOP Chairman to Resign After Tuesday’s Election Disaster

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – November 7, 2012 – Republican activist William J. Kelly and conservative leaders will hold a press conference Friday at 55 W. Monroe Street, suite 940 in Chicago at 11:00 AM to call on Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady and members of the State Central Republican Committee to resign in wake of Tuesday’s election disaster for Republicans across Illinois.

Kelly has released the following statement:

“Pat Brady has failed Illinois Republican voters once again and it is time for him to go. Tuesday’s election results prove that Brady is unfit for the job. He has been outmatched and outwitted by House Speaker Michael Madigan. We are asking GOP leaders and activists to join us in this call for a new beginning.”

Kelly says Brady’s record is clear: “Brady was hastily appointed by party insiders to the GOP chairmanship in 2009 – without opposition. In 2010, he bungled the GOP’s chance to retake the governor’s office in a landslide Republican year. That failure meant Illinois Democrats retained exclusive re-map control of Illinois districts.”

“On Tuesday, Republicans experienced first-hand the results of that remap: Republicans lost four congressional seats and Madigan and Cullerton increased their Democrat holdings in the legislature, gaining veto-proof majorities.”

Earlier this year, Kelly called on Brady to resign after he interfered in state GOP primaries. Brady has also been widely criticized for the state GOP’s participation in a funding scheme involving top donors to Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

At the State Convention in June, Brady and members of the State Central Committee also blocked the resolution on direct elections from going to a floor vote, which would have allowed GOP voters to “directly elect” their party leaders.

“It is time to fire Pat Brady and give Republicans a party chairman who can actually win elections. The era of arrogant, inept party insiders needs to end,” says Kelly.

Kelly is a conservative columnist with the DC-based Communities at the Washington Times and is a contributor to American Spectator. He is a former statewide Republican candidate for Illinois comptroller.

To schedule comment or for questions, please contact Laura at (312) 768-8683