Paul McKinley (Illinois)

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Paul McKinley
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Illinois, District 2
Campaign website
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Paul McKinley was a 2013 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House in the special election for the 2nd Congressional District of Illinois. McKinley was defeated in the general election on April 8, 2013.[1]


McKinley is a grassroots activist in his community. He is also an ex-offender who works with VOTE, Voices of the Ex-Offenders, which helps put ex-offenders to work.[2]


Campaign themes


McKinely's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

  • The Machine
Excerpt: "You’ll hear me say, “I’m not running against a candidate, I’m running against the Machine.” That’s because the Chicago Machine has run roughshod over our community for not years but decades."
  • Jobs
Excerpt: "If we are to rebuild our community, break the Machine’s hold on our politicians and our people, we need to become independent. That means achieving a sense of self-worth by holding down employment, contributing to the economy, and becoming self-sufficient."
  • Family Values
Excerpt: "Family values are the cornerstone of society, and there is an assault on them by the Democrat party. Let me be clear: as your congressman, I will support the family institution in every way, at every level."
  • Housing
Excerpt: "The unlawful use of eminent domain to condemn private property and then redevelop it to line the pockets of the inside few is undemocratic and destroying our community."
  • The Third Airport
Excerpt: "There is no clearer manifestation of The Machine than the corrupt (non)development of the Third Airport in Peotone. The now-vacant testament to how the Machine leaves our community, it is the empty shell of the so-called Third Airport in Peotone."
  • National Debt and Social Security
Excerpt: "I believe our nation has made a commitment to its seniors and we should honor that commitment. There is no reason that our economy, if government gets out of the way, cannot thrive as it has in the past."
  • Education
Excerpt: "I support school choice and believe it is the only way to do our best for our children."
  • Gun Control, Violence, and Crime in Our Community
Excerpt: "I support the Second Amendment and the protection it affords citizens of our district against criminals who do not purchase weapons legally."
  • Foreign Policy
Excerpt: "As your congressman, I will vote to maintain our military’s strength and support our troops who risk their lives for their country."
  • Immigration
Excerpt: "Immigration reform cannot go forth until there is a serious debate about Narco-Terrorism. Narco-Terrorism sponsors, subsidizes, and funds illegal immigration."
  • 2nd District Community
Excerpt: "The solution is to deny the Machine its power, to rely on our community and family values for sustenance rather than the government, and allow the people of the Second District to become financially secure through a thriving economy at the federal and local levels."



See also: Illinois' 2nd Congressional District special election, 2013

McKinley ran in the 2013 special election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 2nd District. The election was held to replace Jesse Jackson, Jr.. The primary election was too close to call and initially no winner was declared. McKinley was later named winner.[4][5] He was defeated in the general election on April 9, 2013.[6][7]

Republican Primary

U.S. House, Illinois District 2 Special Republican Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPaul McKinley 29% 963
Eric Wallace 28.3% 939
Lenny McAllister 26.9% 894
Beverly Reid 15.8% 523
Total Votes 3,319
Source: Results via Illinois State Board of Elections


McKinley and his wife Rochelle, have two children and five grandchildren.[2]

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