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• 25-year Sheriff's Department Veteran
• Sergeant – Criminal Investigations Division
• Elected Lockport Township Trustee
• Served on Lockport City Council
• Proud, Longtime Union Member – MAP, FOP, AFSCME

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Fundraiser dates and times will be posted on the Fundraisers page.


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The General Election is November 4, 2014.

Early Voting is available to any registered voter in Will County. State law requires
that a registered voter show valid photo identification before voting early. Voters
casting an early ballot must display a current driver’s license, a state-issued ID
card or another government-issued ID with a photograph.

Early Voting is conducted from the 15th day to the 3rd day prior to an election:

Will County Clerk's Office
302 N. Chicago Street, Joliet Illinois
Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m.-Noon
(except holiday weekends)

Or at any of the following offices conducting absentee/early voting in Will
County. Please locate your local city, village, or township below for specific
dates and times. Voting Locations/Times

Or, to vote by mail, click here: Vote by Mail.




Fundraiser: Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Elvis Impersonator Performing 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM Lockport VFW Hall Post 5788 1026 E. 9th Street Lockport, IL 60441 $50.00 Donation (Food Provided • Cash Bar)

Fundraiser Checks can be made out to:

Citizens to elect Mike Kelley P.O. Box 158 Lockport, IL 60441




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Mike Kelley for Will County Sheriff

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We know people are busy and voting on Election Day Tuesday November 4th  may not be convenient. Absentee voting gives voters yet another option to cast their ballots or drop off their vote-by-mail ballots.


Click this link to vote as an absentee https://www.thewillcountyclerk.com/connect/site/publicpages/GenericForm.jsp?gid=30 or call the Will County Clerk at (815) 740-4632 and request an absentee ballot. A packet which includes Application for Absentee Ballot, the ballot, Instructions for Voting by Absentee Ballot, certificate envelope and a return mailing envelope will be mailed to you.


Upon receipt of the absentee ballot packet, follow all instructions on how to vote and return the ballot to the County Clerk's Office. Returned absentee ballots by mail must be postmarked by midnight on the day before the election and received within 14 days after the election. Voted ballots personally delivered to the County Clerk's Office by the voter must be received no later than Election Day before 7:00 p.m. There is a limited exception permitting ballot return by a spouse, parent, child, sibling, or a licensed delivery service where the authorization form is completed.


Detective Sgt. Mike Kelley, a 25-year veteran of the Will County Sheriff's Department, is running for Will County Sheriff.

Kelley, who has worked in virtually every division within the Will County Sheriff's Department, is running as a Democrat. He announced his candidacy in his hometown of Lockport recently with a coalition of state and countywide elected officials standing by his side, among them Will County Executive Larry Walsh, State's Attorney James Glasgow, Coroner Patrick O'Neil and Circuit Clerk Pam McGuire. He was also joined by dozens of his brothers and sisters in local law enforcement with whom he has served over the past 2-1/2 decades.

Kelley, who joined the Sheriff's Department in 1988, currently serves as a sergeant in the Criminal Investigations Division. He also has served as a patrol sergeant, as a Will County State's Attorney's Office investigator, in the Fugitive Warrants Division, as a deputy providing security in the Will County Courthouse and as a deputy in the Will County Adult Detention Facility.

“My goal is to raise morale and breathe new life into the Sheriff's Department by streamlining and modernizing the way we provide services to our citizens,” Kelley said. “We have many of the finest police officers in the nation working in our department, and they deserve an effective leader who has their back and will provide them with the tools they need to protect everyone in our community.”

Kelley said he will consolidate evidence storage facilities and review departmental procedures to ensure that best practices are being followed. He also vowed to put more deputies and detectives on our streets to combat the heroin epidemic that is affecting many suburban communities.

“If we're going to combat this public safety crisis, we need to work even harder to put the dealers behind bars and cut the flow of heroin into our neighborhoods” Kelley said.

Kelley acknowledged that many local governments have experienced fiscal hardships in recent years. But he noted that his background as a local elected official – he currently serves as a Lockport Township Trustee and he also served as a Lockport City Alderman as well as the Lockport Township Collector – has provided him with the experience and knowledge necessary to lead the Sheriff's Department responsibly in tight financial times.

He is a member of the Metropolitan Alliance of Police, the Illinois Homicide Investigators Association, a Moose Member, a former AFSCME #2961 Executive Board Member (Deputies Union), a former FOP Labor Council Executive Board Member (Deputies Union), and a former Metropolitan Alliance of Police #123 Executive Board Member (Supervisors Union).

Kelley also has received Departmental Awards for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service.

He has been married to his wife, Leigh, for 21 years, and they have three sons.


Watch this interview with Mike Kelley:


Press Releases

September 15, 2014


Kelley vows to end family deal on sheriff's foreclosures

Opponent's brother-in-law collects millions Kelley would use to reduce department deficits


Democratic Will County Sheriff candidate Mike Kelley announced today he will end a lucrative deal that has steered millions of dollars to his opponent's brother-in-law, a lawyer who has been auctioning off foreclosed properties on behalf of the Sheriff's Department for years.


Kelley is working with county officials to place the administration of foreclosure sales under the complete direction of the Sheriff's Department and Will County attorneys. The move will enable the Sheriff's Department to use those revenues to reduce the millions of dollars in budget shortfalls incurred by the current sheriff.


Randal Miller, an attorney with Dunn, Martin, Miller and Heathcock, has been auctioning off foreclosed homes on behalf of the Will County Sheriff's Department for decades, and he has brought in millions of dollars to his private law firm under this deal.


Miller is the brother-in-law of Kelley's opponent, Ken Kaupas. Miller collected nearly $1.4 million in revenue from foreclosure sales between 2008 and 2012 alone, according to a recent Sheriff's Department report. Ken Kaupas currently works as an administrator in the Sheriff's Department, where he was hired by his cousin, current Will County Sheriff Paul Kaupas. Miller also has donated thousands of dollars to Ken Kaupas' campaign for sheriff.


“It's a staggering breach of integrity for the current sheriff to continue steering such large sums of money to a family member of one of his administrators,” Kelley said. “I'll restore public trust immediately by ending a sweetheart deal that has made one private lawyer rich at the expense of thousands upon thousands of people who were struggling just to keep a roof over their heads.”


Miller currently receives a fee of $125 per foreclosure and $100 for each canceled sale. There were 3,012 foreclosure sales in 2012 alone. The Sheriff's Department report estimated the department could begin handling as many as 200 foreclosure sales per week.


Kelley already has entered into discussions with Will County officials, including Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow, to bring the complete supervision of foreclosure sales under the direction of the sheriff's department and county attorneys.  Kelley said his primary goal is to make certain these sales are supervised closely and conducted with the utmost integrity.


Revenues from sales that currently fill the pockets of Miller and his partners instead could be utilized by the county to reduce Sheriff's Department budget shortfalls that have ballooned under the Kaupas Administration. Kelley also would like to see some of that funding directed toward programs that will assist local homeowners who are struggling while the economy recovers. 


“It's important that we take steps to protect hardworking local homeowners who pursued the American dream but got behind in their mortgages during this difficult economy,” Kelley said.


Kelley, a detective sergeant in the Sheriff's Department's Investigations Division, is the only candidate with the government experience to make certain tax revenues are spent properly and with integrity.  He has served in elected office as a Lockport City Alderman and as the Lockport Township Collector. He currently serves as an elected Lockport Township Trustee.  Because of this experience, Kelley knows how to work with elected officials to shepherd responsible initiatives through the government process.




Chicago Tribune March 22, 2014

Will County

Sheriff: In 2010, this page urged voters to defeat Sheriff Paul Kaupas after a series of disastrous investigative foul-ups. Kaupas is retiring now. Three Democrats and two Republicans seek to replace him.

Our endorsement in the Democratic primary goes to Mike Kelley of Lockport, a detective sergeant in the criminal investigations unit of the sheriff's office and a Lockport Township trustee. He has 25 years of experience in the sheriff's office and good ideas to restructure it. He says he'll focus on an "epidemic" of heroin use among young people He is preferred over sheriff's Lt. Steve Egan of Joliet and Ed Bradley, who recently became University Park's chief of police.

On the Republican side, Ken Kaupas, the deputy chief of special operations in the sheriff's office (and a second cousin of the sheriff) faces Nick Ficarello, who retired as a deputy chief in the office in 2009. Both give us pause. Kaupas acknowledges that in 2002, when he was an Illinois State Police captain, he was suspended for 10 days on misconduct charges. Ficarello was a top supervisor during the poorly handled investigation of the 2004 murder of 3-year-old Riley Fox. Ficarello notes that he came to the job two weeks after that investigation started. Neither one offers much hope yet of a top-to-bottom shake-up. We make no endorsement in the primary but will revisit in the general election.

Click HERE to read about Mike Kelley's plans to clean up the evidence storage issues for Will County.

Click HERE to read about Mike Kelley programs that will hit hard on gang crime, child predators.


Upcoming Events:

There are many upcoming events, parades, fundraisers, etc. that the campaign would love for you to be involved with. Please click on the Fundraisers page to see what is happening and how you would like to join us to help Mike Kelley become the next Will County Sheriff!


Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Elvis Impersonator Performing 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM Lockport VFW Hall Post 5788 1026 E. 9th Street Lockport, IL 60441 $50.00 Donation (Food Provided • Cash Bar)






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