Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » Wilson lashes out after AG requests more info about his charity
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Wilson lashes out after AG requests more info about his charity

Wednesday, Aug 8, 2018

* I told you a couple of weeks ago that mayoral candidate Willie Wilson’s charity hadn’t filed its required annual state report. A Wilson spokesperson said at the time that the form would be filed within the week. That didn’t happen.

Willie Wilson campaign press release…


ATTORNEY GENERAL SEEKS TO INVESTIGATE
DR. WILLIE WILSON FOUNDATION BY DEMANDING DETAILED AUDIT
At the request of Rahm Emanuel, Four Alderman
looking for Class 4 Felony Charges against Wilson for helping the needy

WHO: Humanitarian Dr. Willie Wilson and The Willie Wilson Foundation

WHAT: Responding to the recent audit handed down by Attorney General Lisa Madigan that calls for the examination of foundation files and records for donation disbursements and for giving away his own money for property tax relief last week. This coming as the result of four aldermen generating a politically motivated City Council Resolution R2018-834 (attached). On Rahm’s behalf, the four aldermen are pursuing the Class 4 Felony charges.

* Tribune

“What we’re doing is asking for more information,” said Maura Possley, the attorney general’s office spokeswoman. “We’re not investigating anything at this point.”

Possley said Wilson’s controversial cash giveaways prompted questions, which led to the discovery that Wilson’s foundation had not filed a necessary financial form, required by the state for charitable organizations operating in Illinois, for 2017. It was not immediately clear how long the documents had been outstanding.

At a South Side church event in late July, Wilson handed out more than $200,000 in cash and checks. Gov. Bruce Rauner was at the event and later criticized the giveaway, but the state election boards said Wilson apparently did not violate any election laws. Last week, Wilson handed out more than $100,000 to Cook County residents to help pay their property taxes.

* And the man running Wilson’s campaign wants him to hold off for a while

“I don’t think of it as an audit. But they need to be fully compliant with our process. We have some questions. If he is giving money from his foundation, that is a perfectly legal thing to do. We just have to make sure everything is accounted for,” Possley said. […]

“I’m going to support Dr. Wilson all the way, but we need to hold up on the giving because of the audit,” said Ricky Hendon, a former Illinois legislator turned political consultant. […]

Wilson met with the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform (ICPR) on Monday and defended his philanthropy.

The watchdog group had filed a complaint against Wilson with the state elections board, arguing that Wilson should have reported the $200,000 giveaway as an “in-kind” contribution.

After the meeting, Hendon suggested the ICPR didn’t have a problem with what Wilson did as long as the money came from the foundation and Wilson’s “personal pockets”—and not his campaign funds.

A State Board of Elections hearing next week instigated by ICPR will be held as planned, however.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

8 Comments »
  1. - Ron Burgundy - Wednesday, Aug 8, 18 @ 10:00 am:

    Assuming calendar year accounting, the annual report form 990 to the AG’s office would have been due at the end of June like most charitable organizations.

    I’ll leave it to the authorities to determine the legality given the various issues re the sources of the funds and the complicating factor of his current candidacy, but it seems to me a cleaner way to distribute funds for property tax relief, which is what he claims they were for, would be to collect people’s information and provide a lump sum to the Cook County Treasurer to be applied to those people’s home tax bills. Would certainly help with the allegation that this is cash for votes.


  2. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Aug 8, 18 @ 10:02 am:

    Is Ricky behind that wild press release from the Wilson campaign?

    Those are some pretty serious charges — no doubt intended to distract from the fact that the foundation is not in compliance with state law.

    –WHAT: Responding to the recent audit handed down by Attorney General Lisa Madigan….–

    That doesn’t make any sense.


  3. - Northsider - Wednesday, Aug 8, 18 @ 10:51 am:

    Seems like a rather hyperbolic response to an inquiry. And if he can’t stand this degree or two of warmth, then he ain’t ready for the heat that comes with occupying the Fifth Floor.


  4. - Lane Tech Guy - Wednesday, Aug 8, 18 @ 11:12 am:

    I like me some Willie Wilson but he is on the wrong side of this one.

    He did with almost every charity does—forgot/neglected to file the requisite forms with the Illinois Attorney General’s office. I’ve come across dozens of clients who are charities and don’t register with the AG primarily out of ignorance.

    Charities “think” they are in compliance because they file taxes and renew their corporation with the Secretary of State.

    But the law is the law, and it is pretty clear that every charity has to file with the AG.

    I don’t see how Wilson can be mad at the AG. This is like not buying your license plate sticker, then calling out Jesse White when you get a ticket. Wilson needs to file the form and let this story go away.

    I hope Wilson doesn’t use the term “Witch Hunt”.


  5. - Precinct Captain - Wednesday, Aug 8, 18 @ 11:45 am:

    Willie, hire an accountant.


  6. - Ron Burgundy - Wednesday, Aug 8, 18 @ 11:59 am:

    The other potential wrinkle is that, when filing that form, you have to attach a federal return and if your year-end balance is over like $300K you have to attach audited financials. I bet there is some scrambling going on with those two issues.


  7. - Shytown - Wednesday, Aug 8, 18 @ 3:33 pm:

    At the request of Rahm Emanuel and four aldermen? When did Rahm and aldermen take over ICPR or the AG’s office? Did I miss the press release?


  8. - Greater Rockwell - Wednesday, Aug 8, 18 @ 4:37 pm:

    Rich not sure if you heard it but Willie, Rauner, and the SBE all got a call out on Johnny Knoxville’s Sirius show on Outlaw Country this past week. They are mentioned towards the end of the hour. The show is always entertaining and followed by Steve Earle’s equally entertaining show.


TrackBack URI

Post your comment... And please take a half second to come up with a nickname. It makes following the posts easier for everyone... Thanks

In other words, do your best to be civilized and smart.


* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* Illinois rated second most likely governor's office to flip parties
* It's just a bill
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - A couple of new mailers and a fundraising list
* Question of the day
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - ICPR responds again
* Rauner says "left-leaning" Chicago press is "plenty biased"
* Keep your trackers out of taverns
* "If any region should feel alienated from state government, it's the suburbanites"
* Democratic legislator files resolution condemning "scofflaw counties"
* Rauner ad gets it wrong, but Pritzker needs to end his silence
* Just a small critique
* Are the Democrats unified?
* Buttigieg delivered the best zinger of the day
* White vows to finish out sixth term
* Rauner to return to Quincy Veterans Home this weekend
* *** LIVE COVERAGE ***
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............
<


Loading


* Rauner signs bill to educate students about loans..
* Gov. Rauner Signs Series of Public Safety Bills.....
* Governor signs Sen. Chuck Weaver's bill on .....
* Gov. Rauner names August 17 as Traffic Fatality.....
* Gov. Rauner proclaims Traffic Fatality Awarenes.....
* Madigan court foe Gonzales backs Pritzker, says.....
* Rauner signs new FOID bill..
* Williamson Co. IL passes gun control resolution..
* Doris Kearns Goodwin coming to Springfield for .....
* Gov. Rauner signs public safety legislation..


* Officers recount arrest of suspects in student’s slaying
* Evangelicals confront sex abuse problems in #MeToo era
* US Steel to invest $750M in Gary Works plant in Indiana
* Chicago Tribune: Low-income south side housing neglected
* Late lawmaker’s husband charged in attorney’s slaying
* Railcar manufacturing plant to close in Illinois
* Railcar plant to close in Illinois
* Chicago couple makes scrapbooks to preserve history, memory
* Chicago suburb settling lawsuit over officer pinning teen
* Teens stabbed and burned 18-year-old to death, then ran over his body, Illinois police say

* Rauner signs bill to educate students about loans
* Doris Kearns Goodwin coming to Springfield for fundraiser
* Davis staffer arrested after altercation at Londrigan fundraiser
* Illinois Democrats say downstate counties can go their way
* Rauner appoints GOP official Shaw to retirement board
* Illinois Democrats talk of importance of fall elections
* AP fact check: No Pritzker plan to increase taxes 26 percent
* Rauner: 2018 election is 'one of most important' in Illinois history
* Rauner, Republicans go after Madigan, taxes
* Joe Biden ill, cancels trip to Springfield

* DuPage pushes fight for O'Hare western terminal
* United sheds punching-bag status with biggest U.S. airline rally
* Northern Trust looks to get into crypto custody
* Redbox gears up for its first major ad campaign
* Whither the Kraft Heinz ketchup packet?


* Mueller recommends no more than six months in prison for Papadopoulos
* Cuomo on his ‘inartful’ remark: ‘Of course America is great’
* Justice lawyers try to halt Trump financial records release
* Trump warns he’ll revoke clearance of Justice Dept. official
* 3-year-old boy among several wounded in Englewood shooting
* Flowers, candles; sidewalk shrine for woman fatally shot in West Englewood home
* Teenager shot himself in the head as officers chased him in Lawndale: police
* Mel Reynolds’ prison gripe: Treated like ‘animal’ — blames ‘Trump people’
* Man shot in Little Village
* Anderson holding head high for White Sox


* White House drafts more clearance cancellations demanded by Trump
* Trump administration is stopping funding for Syria reconstruction efforts
* Mueller prosecutors say prison is optional for George Papadopoulos in Russia probe
* Police: Boy, 3, among 7 shot in West Englewood during single attack; teen shoots self in head after police pursuit
* The 2018 Chicago Air and Water Show
* 14-year-old in 'extremely critical' condition after trying to swim Lake Michigan channel: Waukegan fire official
* Kyle Schwarber's HR springs Cubs to 1-0 lead after 1 hour, 47 minute rain delay
* Cupich responds to Pennsylvania sexual abuse report: Catholic Church ‘grievously failed’ victims
* Jurors hear of gang rivalry to explain motive behind Hadiya's slaying
* With Cubs clinging to NL Central lead, their rotation remains in a state of flux


» New Law To Address Police Officers' Mental Health
» Chicago Musicians Remember Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin
» Deep Fried Politics
» State Week: Both Democrats and Republicans Assert Party Unity At State Fair
» Web Extra, The Week in Review: Editorial Boards Push Back
» The Week in Review: Campaign Season ‘Officially’ Kicks Off at State Fair
» #664 Remembering Aretha Franklin
» Dems Vow Down-Ballot Effort, Red-State Reach
» Aug. 16, 2018 - Full Show
» Live From The State Fair: Ag, Food, Entertainment, And President Lincoln


* Rauner signs bill to educate students about loans
* Doris Kearns Goodwin coming to Springfield for fundraiser
* Counterpoint: It's another Trump idea that belongs on a Hollywood launch pad
* Point: Space Force, done right, will move US ahead
* Eugene Robinson: All hail the queen
* Our View: An unfortunate political encounter
* Davis staffer arrested after altercation at Londrigan fundraiser
* Illinois Democrats say downstate counties can go their way
* Rauner appoints GOP official Shaw to retirement board
* Illinois Democrats talk of importance of fall elections


* MidState Soccer celebrates past, present and future during 'milestone celebration'
* Taste of C-U 2018
* Illinois football 2018
* Sessions, in Iowa, laments federal judges’ rulings against administration
* Decatur Korean War veteran receives Combat Medic badge during surprise ceremony
* Former Congressman Leonard Boswell has died
* Carbondale to force vacation rental websites to provide address of all rentals in city
* Carbondale man faces federal charges of conspiracy to deal more than 50 grams of meth
* UI Football Camp 2018: Day 13
* Marion man gets 3 years in federal prison for possessing gun after felony conviction


* ECC's backpack fair benefits about 2,000 students this year
* Gurnee man charged with car burglary
* Scouting Libertyville: High expectations, low-key approach for Wildcats
* Davis Webb bounces back and helps Giants beat Lions 30-17
* Scouting Mundelein: Mustangs are making numerical strides

* Democrats Are Only Backing 3 Black Women o...
* Hultgren said election security starts wit...
* Rep. Hultgren says America's 'immi...
* Pelosi Talks of 'Bridge' to New Le...
* Pelosi, Under Threat in Her Own Party, Say...
* Don't Invite Me to a Party if It's...
* 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' Director on...
* Ant-Man and the Wasp: How Those Post-Credi...
* What if Nancy Pelosi Doesn't Have the ...
* Knox County GOP neutral on Fawell

* Norris Perne & French Llp Has Lowered ......
* Pritzker calls for infrastructure bill in ......
* Rauner is running away from his record – a......
* Pritzker promises to help improve Decatur,......
* Pritzker Determined To Bring Blue Wave To ......

* Sen. Tammy Duckworth On How Her Dau......
* Durbin, Duckworth support Trump's Cent......
* John Milhiser nominated to be US attorney...

* Univesity transfer students are now sought out...
* What if A.I. is coming for jobs faster than we thought?
* LMS market after Blackboard-Moodle breakup
* Building Tomorrow’s Talent: Collaboration Can Close Emerging Skills Gap
* Colleges and Universities Woo Once-Overlooked Transfer Students
* 10 Ways That Edtech Has Transformed Libraries
* Panicked universities in search of students are adding thousands of new majors
* The Week In Chicago Rock
* Our Aretha
* Classic Rock Concert Saturday Night At Buena Park Circle


* Bicentennial announces plans for Aug. 26th Constitution Day
* Gov. Rauner proclaims Traffic Fatality Awareness Day, urges public's help in making Illinois roads safer
* Illinois Department of Human Rights Honors "Dream Builders"
* Gov. Rauner signs public safety legislation
* Illinois Payrolls Up for Sixth Straight Month

  
* Tesla eyes cost savings so it can make $25,000 cars in three years, Elon Musk tells MKBHD
* Huawei nova 3 goes on open sale on August 23, nova 3i Iris Purple on August 21
* ZTE is officially back, may announce Axon 9 at IFA 2018
* Valve unveils its Twitch competitor Steam TV
* iPhone X + Huawei P20 = Motorola P30 | #PNWeekly 318
* The company’s all cold, but the HTC U12+ is flamin’ hot
* Samsung Brazil caught passing stock photos as Galaxy A8 camera samples

* Williams has full confidence in Renteria, staff
* White Sox MiLB Report: Michael Kopech Continues Dominating T...
* White Sox reinstate Leury Garcia from DL
* Eloy Jimenez has White Sox fans eager for MLB debut
* Suspended catcher Welington Castillo working his way back to Whi...
* White Sox catcher Welington Castillo to begin rehab assignme...
* Hawk: I Did It My Way


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress




Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller