Willie Wilson donates another $1M to his mayoral campaign

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.

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Willie Wilson files lawsuit to stop closure of Chicago voting precincts

Mayoral candidate Willie Wilson asked a judge on Monday to block Chicago from eliminating 121 neighborhood polling places.

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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.”

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Beware of Willie Wilson Politics

 

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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.”

 

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Willie Wilson launches voter registration drive with ambitious goal: 1M new Chicago voters

https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2022/7/28/23282802/willie-wilson-voter-registration-drive-chicago-mayoral-election?fbclid=IwAR3mh-JNKEuV5kzTj7gtg2nEPF9ZoIihrRBvOYiGqnFgk-MW-VhR0mLWC3E

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.

 

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Mayoral challenger Willie Wilson takes aim at violent crime

“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

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Chicago Businessman Willie Wilson Announcement - WGN

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Willie Wilson to Announce April 11 If He's Running for Mayor Against Lightfoot

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.

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Chicago millionaire gives away a second round of free gas for $1M

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 #drWilliewilson

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Top Philanthropists in Chicago

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.

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