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Willie Wilson says he voted for Trump and Rauner

Friday, Jul 27, 2018

* From a Third Coast Review reporter about a Chicago mayoral candidates’ forum this week

Donald Trump got 12 percent of the vote in Chicago. Bruce Rauner got 21 percent (which might be more than he’ll get this time).

I’m not seeing an easy path here.

* Other stuff…

* Horner Park Mayoral Candidate Forum Kicks Off 2019 Mayoral Race: LaRaviere was far from the only candidate who leveled populist criticism at Emanuel, particularly at his penchant for siphoning money and resources from neighborhoods and social programs and handing them over to corporations looking to move to the Loop or another rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. “There doesn’t seem to be a sense of urgency in this administration that we need to be better stewards of our tax dollars,” said former Police Board President Lori Lightfoot. Businessman and former 2015 mayoral candidate Willie Wilson said that tax dollars should “represent neighborhoods” and be a reflection of those communities, not just downtown. Public policy consultant Amara Enyia, who was also a brief contender in the 2015 mayoral race before being pushed out thanks to a petition challenge by Wilson also hit the mayor with a tale of two Chicago’s comparison.

* Should Lightfoot’s GOP work be an issue in mayor’s race?: Lightfoot made her own charge in the interview, saying that if Emanuel supporters are so worried about cozying up with Republicans, the mayor ought to return a $50,000 campaign contribution he got from Trump in 2010 and not take large contributions from another prominent Republican, Citadel’s Ken Griffin. Still, “he has the audacity to challenge my beliefs.”

* ‘Why should I stop helping people on the street?’: Mayoral candidate Willie Wilson responds to cash giveaway

* Rauner proximity to giveaway bad form

* Bill Cameron: ‘I don’t think Willie Wilson is a crook’

* A Chicago mayoral candidate hands out cash. So what’s wrong here?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

8 Comments
  1. - Grand Avenue - Friday, Jul 27, 18 @ 11:28 am:

    Rahm would love for Willie Wilson to drop out because the majority of his voters will go to Dorothy Brown, which would actually give her a good chance of getting to second place in a crowded field, setting up runoff between Rahm & Dorothy.


  2. - Boone's is Back - Friday, Jul 27, 18 @ 11:29 am:

    LOL, it’s gonna take a lot more cash handouts to get people in the city to forget that he voted for those two.


  3. - wordslinger - Friday, Jul 27, 18 @ 11:43 am:

    Despite what you read in Kass’ usual shallow tantrum, Wilson didn’t give away “his” money.

    The money came from his charitable foundation, which solicits and accepts donations, including at least $200K that Rauner has said he made in the last year.

    Who else has donated to the foundation is unknown, since it has not filed reports as required by law.

    No big deal to a willfully ignorant partisan hack like Kass, but you’d think a newspaper with editors would strive to accurately report basic facts.

    https://www.drwilliewilsonfoundation.org/

    https://capitolfax.com/2018/07/24/willie-wilsons-foundation-hasnt-filed-paperwork-with-il-ag-since-2016/


  4. - low level - Friday, Jul 27, 18 @ 11:45 am:

    Ah… so the Northwest Side and Beverly communities which have very conservative voters FINALLY have someone to vote for!

    (many of them being ex cops and firefighters among other now retired public servants collecting pensions as well, but that’s besides the point)

    Oh the irony… no wonder I cant leave politics completely despite my best efforts and intentions.


  5. - Anonymous - Friday, Jul 27, 18 @ 12:04 pm:

    The Trib ran yet another opinion piece yesterday in which the lie was repeated that JB just removed toilets from the home he was renovating. it’s own columnist Zorn explained it was a gut rehab, but because the facts are not in keeping with the Rauner narrative they are ignored.


  6. - Fax Machine - Friday, Jul 27, 18 @ 12:54 pm:

    A gut rehab that took 4 years apparently.


  7. - Nick Name - Friday, Jul 27, 18 @ 1:12 pm:

    Dep thots from Kass.


  8. - low level - Friday, Jul 27, 18 @ 1:12 pm:

    Re Tribune and Kass-

    Im not in an office full of political types anymore… anyway theres an intern into politics i talk to, and when I mentioned Kass he had no idea who that was. And this guy is pretty well informed.

    That made my day…


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