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Dr. Willie Wilson is on the Ballot; Mayor Withdraws Objections

Posted by Admin On December - 25 - 2014

Dr. Willie Wilson is on the ballot: Vows to be fair to everyone

Vows to reopen schools

By Chinta Strausberg

At a press conference at his downtown home, mayoral hopeful Dr. Willie Wilson Wednesday announced that Mayor Rahm Emanuel has dropped his challenge of petitions against him and that the estimated cost to defend his right to be on the ballot has cost him more than $150,000 but that he was ready to defend at least 20,000 more signatures if necessary.

Holding a piece of paper that showed the mayor had dropped his objections having before accused him of having 80 percent bad signatures, Dr. Wilson said it was the best Christmas present ever.

Vowing to reform city government, Wilson said he would fire the top cop and appoint four police superintendents rather than one so that they can become familiar with the different sides of the city and the residents who live there. He wants police to learn how to understand and get along with different ethnic groups. Wilson said police would wear body cameras. Wilson wants the officers to get out of their cars and patrol the neighborhoods. He thinks that coupled with creating jobs will stem crime in Chicago.

Wilson is against placing more black cops in African American communities. Rather, he is for integrating the police force so they can learn to understand other ethnic groups.

Saying he is two generations away from slavery, Wilson, a 66-year-old multi-millionaire who runs a $60 million-a-year business among other business ventures, said he would sell the vacant school buildings that Emanuel closed for $1 and let people open up businesses and create jobs for the community.

He would reach out to banks and get them to make loans and promised to spread the city’s massive contractual pie to all ethnic groups. If you want to do business under Mayor Wilson, he said you must have a mentorship program to ensure fairness reigns in the contract letting.

He also promised to reform the controversial Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds for the community and to improve blighted areas of the city.

Emanuel has been under fire from community groups and mayoral candidate Ald. Bob Fioretti (2d) who criticized the mayor for using $55 million of property taxes to build a hotel and a basketball arena on the near south side. TIF funds are to be used to improve blighted areas. After the City Council approves a TIF district, all new tax funds generated from that district goes into a special fund for 24-years. That fund is controlled by the mayor. Wilson said the people must control how that money is spent.

Wilson wants to appoint a community commission to approve the use of these funds as well as city contracts. He vowed to increase the single digit percentage Blacks are getting but emphasized he wants to be fair to all ethnic groups. Diversity, he said is important. “I work for the people….”

Wilson made his comments during a meeting with the Black press then later with several TV stations.

He has vowed to improve education especially providing them with computers. “We would not close up 50 schools. When they closed down 50 schools in Chicago, those students had to walk two-miles…walk through gang territory. The drop out rate got higher. The family was not even considered…,” he said referring to the teachers and janitors and others who lost their jobs.

“One man made the decision…. You just don’t do that. You have to have compassion. You got to care about people when you make decisions. One person doesn’t make a decision like that,” said Wilson. He vowed to reassess the school closures and to sell those buildings for $1 to the community to create jobs. Wilson also pledged to bring back the trades to the schools.

He also promised to create economic development and provide equal opportunity for every one including offering economic incentives to attract more businesses to the city.

Personally, Wilson, who was born in Gilbert, Louisiana, said he only has a seventh grade education. His parents were sharecroppers. Wilson spent only one day in eighth grade, but he has an astute business sense and a passion for fairness.

“This was not about me,”Wilson said. “If you are a citizen and you pay your taxes, you got a right to vote and to run for office. The issue (of the ballot) was bigger than me…..”

Wilson pledged to give away his mayoral salary. He already gives away his Social Security check and says he gives away about $40,000 a month.

He will also share his advertising dollars with all ethnic media. “ I am the one who is supposed to set the example, and I will set the example.

On the campaign, he has already paid out $150,000 and is prepared to put up to $2 million of his own money if necessary; however, he added, “If I got to buy you, then you don’t need me in office. To me there isn’t enough money for that…. I have to motivate the citizens to want me…. If you got to buy somebody, it won’t last.”

He is visiting all of the shelter homes and pledged to open up the vacant buildings for them to live in.“To have these people sleeping under Wacker Drive is crazy….”

“Everything we do will be open door,” Wilson said. He pledged to have an outside accountant to “check the books” and said anyone breaking the law will go to jail. “I don’t want nobody who thinks they can get away with something.”

“You have to have to have a mayor who is sensitive to all citizens. The West Side, South Side, East Side, should look like downtown Chicago, and we won’t rest until we make it that way,” Wilson told reporters.

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Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

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