On the first day Mayor Lori Lightfoot and her challengers could circulate nominating petitions, Wilson told the Sun-Times he is prepared to devote another $3 million to the race — for a grand total of $9 million.
Mayoral candidate Willie Wilson asked a judge on Monday to block Chicago from eliminating 121 neighborhood polling places.Read more
Willie Wilson files federal lawsuit to block Chicago Board of Elections from consolidating precincts
Mayoral candidate Willie Wilson argues it will confuse Chicago voters, depress turnout in the Nov. 8 general and Feb. 28 mayoral and aldermanic elections and “disparately impact racial and/or ethnic voting blocs.”
In a news release, he cited the pain of “soaring inflation” and noted that “lower income families spend approximately 77% of their income on necessities.”
“I see and hear the pain of my fellow citizens and I must help,” Wilson was quoted as saying.
These days, hardly a week goes by when he isn’t making a new handout to voters.
“Dr. Wilson has personally donated $1 million to help people who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” his news release claimed. “Also, he has donated $2 million to help 1,000 churches. He has committed $5.2 million for free gas and food.”
Wilson is determined to turn the tide of voter apathy before the February mayoral election, which will be his second attempt to win the office.
Millionaire businessman Willie Wilson on Thursday launched a massive voter registration drive with the ambitious goal of adding 1 million new voters to the Chicago rolls by the Feb. 28 mayoral and aldermanic election.
Voter turnout for the mayoral election in February 2019 was 35.4%, or 560,701 of Chicago’s 1.58 million registered voters.. Turnout dropped to 33% for the runoff, which Lori Lightfoot won over Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.
“We will take the handcuffs off the police and we will put the handcuffs on the people who are victimizing” residents, Wilson said. “If police officers continue to be like they are right now, I’m gonna move out of Chicago myself.”
By Fran Spielman Jul 13, 2022, 6:32pm CST
Published March 29, 2022
Millionaire businessman Willie Wilson said Tuesday he will announce on April 11 whether to reprise his 2019 mayoral campaign against Lori Lightfoot, but insisted his $1.2 million gas giveaway was not a vote-buying prelude to it.Read more
We are doing our part, but gas prices are still way too high. We call upon Mayor Lightfoot and Governor Pritzker to immediately lower our gas taxes. #Lowerthetax #drWilliewilsonRead more
Since March 2020, our world has been mired by hospitalizations, deaths, lockdowns, layoffs and economic hardships. The pandemic affected everyone, but Black and Brown communities suffered disproportionately. At the same time, the demand for social justice, equity and inclusion took hold.
Our list of 2021’s Top Chicago-area philanthropists aims to highlight those who put their philanthropy to work in those arenas. Meet these superstars in our communities and learn how their work is driving social change and helping those hurt by the pandemic.Read more