See Illinois Policy Institute’s Threatening Email Attacking William Kelly

It is important to see what organizations like the Illinois Policy Institute do behind-the-scenes.   This is a copy of a threatening email the organization sent to try to get one of my columns taken down.  It is not the first time the organization has done this. Since Illinois Policy Institute officials did not have the facts to support their position, they sadly rely on personal attacks.  Their email didn’t work and the original column stands as is.


Per your request, I have attached a Word document with 10 examples of the author violating Terms of Service. Specifically, the author is in violation of the following terms:  Do not provide User Content that: is defamatory, threatening, disparaging, grossly inflammatory, false, misleading, fraudulent, inaccurate, unfair, contains gross exaggeration or unsubstantiated claims, violates the privacy rights of any third party, is unreasonably harmful or offensive to any individual or community.

As I said on the phone, we have had previous interactions with the author and he has refused to stop publishing inaccurate information about our organization. In the past, he has even used our requests to further publicize his work.

We hope you will please remove this post immediately.  The blogs give credibility to a blogger who otherwise would not be viewed as a credible source.  Because of your site’s strong brand and credibility, the information on the blog is considered true. To illustrate this point, the blog is being tweeted and promoted among school superintendents — among many others. We hope that you can please address this issue with urgency, as the legislation it refers to is being voted on in Springfield today. As the Tribune reported this morning, many superintendents are traveling to Springfield to voice their opinion on this bill. This blog  — and all its inaccuracies — are in tow.

 Thank you,
Diana Rickert — 

Diana Rickert
Director of Media Relations
Illinois Policy Institute


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