Chicago, Illinois, May 27, 2013 – Chicago businessman and political columnist William J. Kelly has released the following statement in reaction to Sen. Dick Durbin’s crime summit scheduled for in Rockford, Illinois Tuesday morning:
“I have long been considering moving my business to Rockford and have been looking at properties to invest in. But what I do next depends on what I hear at Sen. Durbin’s crime summit on Tuesday.”
“Chicago’s crime problem is out-of-control and it has been for a long time. Misguided laws have prevented law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves in the worst crime-ridden areas. We reward repeat offenders with slap-on-the-wrist sentences and early release. Now we see Chicago’s crime problem spreading to the suburbs – and here in Rockford, Illinois. It is the same Chicago thinking and the same Illinois politicians like Sen. Durbin that are to blame.”
Earlier this month, more than 250 concerned residents packed a crime forum on Rockford’s northeast side.
Kelly, who is considering whether to run for the U.S. Senate, says he is also very troubled by Sen. Durbin’s involvement the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups and the Senator’s statements this weekend questioning whether news bloggers are entitled to constitutional protection.
“For Sen. Durbin to question the First Amendment freedoms guaranteed to all Americans, raises troubling questions about whether he has any knowledge or respect for the U.S. Constitution at all.”
William J. Kelly is the founder and President of an Emmy award-winning TV production house with offices in Chicago. Previously, he was the Executive Director of the National Taxpayers United of Illinois, an affiliate of the National Taxpayers Union. He is a former statewide 2010 candidate for Illinois comptroller.