No wonder the good doctor is handing out free cash…his plan to solve the issues facing the city sound like typical, progressive talking points. Some of his ideas to fix Chiraq:
- End carjackings
- End homelessness
- End political corruption
- Honest government
- No more property tax increases
- Support sanctuary cities
From Fox News: A millionaire businessman running for mayor in Chicago blessed a multitude of churchgoers – and potential voters – Sunday by handing out hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Willie Wilson, one of several Democrats who plan to take on incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel, handed out $300,000 to about 2,000 worshipers at a church on Chicago’s South Side Sunday morning, an aide told WGN-TV.
The giveaway at the New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church was orchestrated by the Dr. Willie Wilson Foundation, the nonprofit announced on social media. The foundation said it was “one of the biggest property tax relief assistance” events of the year, although “seniors and less fortunate will also receive a helping hand.”
Wilson allegedly said a portion of the donated money — $100,000 of it — came from Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, who also attended Sunday’s event, Politico reports. However, a source told the publication those funds went straight into Wilson’s charity and Rauner was unaware the 70-year-old would be handing out cash at the church outing.
Rauner’s campaign has not yet returned Fox News’ request for comment Monday morning.
Scott Winslow, Wilson’s campaign manager, claimed the donations were legal since it was “absolutely not” a campaign event. “While he happens to be a candidate, he’s been a philanthropist for 30 years,” Winslow told WGN, adding he’s donated about $500,000 since announcing his mayoral bid.
“We’ve been paying people’s property taxes for years,” Wilson told the Chicago Sun-Times, saying it is “a normal thing for me.”
He said some of the money was in the form of checks cut by the foundation, but he also handed out cash because some people do not have bank accounts. “I keep money on me just to give it out,” Wilson told the newspaper. “We don’t turn them down. We give what we can give.”
Sunday’s event was criticized by some Chicago lawmakers.
“Check this out if you wonder why Illinois politicians are often a national joke,” state Rep. David McSweeney, a Republican, said on social media. “How can Willie Wilson, a candidate for Mayor of Chicago, literally hand out CASH at a public event? This is so wrong!”
State Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch, a Democrat, accused Rauner of using Wilson “to buy votes.”
“Handing out cash in the Black Church,” he said. “How about creating jobs dude!”
Rauner, who faces investor and Hyatt hotel fortune heir J.B. Pritzker in the gubernatorial election this fall, reportedly discussed criminal justice reform and the state’s high property taxes while at the church.
“You pay the highest property taxes in America here in Chicago and the South Side and the south suburbs,” he said, according to WGN. “This is wrong. The system is broken and I’m trying to fix it.”