William J. Kelly Running as Republican Alternative to Rauner
With eight men, the field of Democratic candidates running for governor is especially crowded. But there is only one Republican aiming to challenge Bruce Rauner in the gubernatorial primary on March 20.
This gubernatorial race is on pace to shatter all records, with party officials estimating the spending could reach $300 million before it’s over. Democratic candidate and billionaire venture capitalist J.B. Pritzker has contributed more than $14 million to his own campaign so far.
Kelly ran for office unsuccessfully against Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka in the 2010 primary. He also ran for mayor against the incumbent, Rahm Emanuel, in 2015.
He hosts “The Citizen Kelly Show” on WCGO-AM. He is also the founder of an Emmy award-winning TV production company, RevDigital, and is a contributor to the American Spectator and The Washington Times among others.
Kelly joins host Phil Ponce in discussion.
July 18: Although the primary race isn't until March 2018, fundraising puts the governor’s race on pace to be one of the most expensive governor’s races in the country’s history; it may even break that record.
July 5: The head of the nonprofit group Violence Interrupters says his platform includes job creation, reducing gun violence, boosting public school funding and bridging gaps between Democrats and Republicans.
June 22: In the crowded race for governor, businessman Chris Kennedy’s making a name for himself by bucking Democratic Party leaders.