“I’m up here in Chicago and I’m wrestling against the machine,” Paul McKinley told Yahoo! Tuesday.
McKinley, a Republican, won February’s special primary election race to replace disgraced former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.
In a You Tube video uploaded Tuesday, McKinley is seen walking through the blight that has strangled the state of Illinois and, in particular, the city of Chicago.
“From the fertile farmlands of Illinois to the South Side of Chicago,” the video script begins, “communities across the 2nd Congressional District have been devastated by the corruption of the machine.”
“I’m running against the machine that has been in power in this district for 60 years,” McKinley’s voice-over states during his walkthrough of abandoned homes, boarded-up store fronts and farms claimed by eminent domain for a non-existent development.
McKinley told Yahoo! that Chicago’s mayor, whom he referred to as, “Rahm ‘Caligula’ Emanuel,” is “running a land-confiscation scheme called ‘the third airport.'”
“He’s taking people’s property, right here in Chicago,” McKinley charged. “In Cook County, they’ve put a system together where they have confiscated houses and put them in the land bank. In Will County and Pembroke Township, where there’s the most fertile land in America, they’ve got a scheme called ‘the third airport.”
In a March 10 You Tube video, McKinley states that a decision was handed down by the 12th District Court that gave the Illinois Department of Transportation “the power to condemn farmers’ property in Peotone.”
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation website, “the vision for the South Suburban Airport involves designing and constructing a supplemental, commercial service airfield that will serve the greater Chicagoland area.”
But McKinley told Yahoo! “they’re not going to build any airport.”
“It’s all about the land,” McKinley asserted adamantly. “It’s all about us fighting against the land barons, right here in the city of Chicago.”
“If a third regional airport is truly needed, one is already available,” wrote Gary Pikus for The Chicago Tribune in 2001, “Gary Municipal Airport in Indiana.”
It’s a point McKinley reiterates in his video.
“Of course, Illinois politicians and their profiteering pals won’t increase their political power or make a nickel if the Gary airport is expanded and developed,” Pikus added, which was why he believed then-Gov. George Ryan and disgraced former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. “and their cronies” never mentioned it.
“The primary obstacle to the airport is that citizens of Peotone and surrounding Will County don’t want it,” the financial firm Palisades Hudson reported in January 2012. “Farmers worry about water supply contamination. Others are more concerned with the urban sprawl they fear would creep over their fairly rural area. So, although the Illinois Department of Transportation has bought up about 2,400 acres of land for the airport since 2002, there is still no start to construction in sight.”
According to McKinley, “they want 6,000” acres.
“Chicago,” McKinley said, “is the capital of the Democratic Machine.”
“The machine doesn’t like me and it doesn’t like you,” McKinley told Yahoo! Tuesday. “And now that the machine has gotten into the White House, it has gone national and it’s trying to creep into every city.”
“And I want everyone to hear what I’m saying,” McKinley said with conviction. “The liberal agenda is a perverted sword. It’s the same perverted sword that Rome fell on, and when Rome fell on the sword of perversion, it never got up again. They’re trying to get America to fall on that sword and once America falls on the sword of liberal perversion, it will never get up again.”
“This is their scheme,” he said. “They will sacrifice their own country, everything everybody’s got, for their own personal degenerate concept.”
“And if there’s anything that they say I’m lying about, that I have misconstrued,” McKinley added in a challenge to his liberal opponents, “then take me on!”
“But they won’t take me on,” he said. “because they don’t want to stand next to the truth.”
“On April 9,” McKinley said, “a decision’s got to be made.”
“If you believe in freedom, if you believe in the Constitution, the Second Amendment, the Bill of Rights and the entirety of it, then vote for me,” McKinley declared, “because I guarantee you one thing. If I walk up there in Washington, I’m going to raise just as much Cain as I am right here in Chicago.”