Mayoral Candidate Willie Wilson Defends His Cash Giveaways

Craig Dellimore
August 09, 2018 - 6:31 pm

Willie Wilson (WBBM Newsradio/Craig Dellimore)

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayoral candidate Willie Wilson is responding to critics who have suggested the Illinois Attorney General to look into his charitable donations during the political campaign.

State elections officials say they haven't found any irregularities in Wilson’s foundation giving out money to help the poor. The millionaire businessman says any complaints – that he’s “buying” votes – are coming from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s allies.

Wilson questioned why Emanuel isn't facing similar scrutiny, given that companies awarded big city contracts contribute to Mayor Emanuel's campaign.

Wilson said he is not asking for votes when his foundation gives money to people to buy food or pay their property taxes.

“I was raised in the South in Jim Crow days,” Wilson said Thursday. “I’m just tired of white people telling me what to do with my own money.”

Wilson promised to keep giving.