Looks like William Kelly’s fifteen minutes in the Chicago media are up. The conservative who buys airtime at WIND-AM radio pressed charges against famed Chicago’s CBS reporter Jay Levine for threatening to ‘deck’ him.
The incident happened at the Columbus Day parade on October 13, 2010 when Levine and Charles Thomas were interviewing Rahm Emanuel who is running for mayor of Chicago. Kelly allegedly pushed past the two reporters, thrust his microphone at Emanuel, and asked less needed questions for a Chicago mayoral candidate such as: Was the stimulus a failure?
After numerous interruptions by Kelly, it is reported that Levine told Kelly to stop interrupting Emanuel from interrupting their questions “or I’m going to deck you.”
In response, Kelly filed a complaint against Levine for the verbal threat. The two men appeared at the Belmont and Western Cook County court room where Judge Geary Kull presided.
The judge felt there was no threat to the accuser and also said that Kelly did not respond to the situation as one who sincerely felt threatened. All said, the judge dismissed the case. Kelly responded after the courtroom appearance by suggesting that the dismissal of the case was another case of Chicago’s elite getting preferential treatment.
Radio station WIND-AM distanced itself from Kelly and the situation by saying that Kelly doesn’t work for the radio station, but he only buys time to be on the their airwaves. Hopefully this incident will lead to WIND radio management re-thinking how it uses its licensed station and how it chooses to gain revenue.