On Thursday, [former Sen. Rickey Hendon] also defended [Willie Wilson] by saying that he isn’t buying votes, then added that he’d be overpaying if he was. Vote-buying is illegal.
“They’ve accused this man of buying votes, and I just have to say it … buying votes on the West Side, South Side, votes about $5, $10,” Hendon said. “So if Willie Wilson is giving somebody $3,000, as an adviser, I’d be like, you’re overpaying by 1,500 percent. Because if we wanted to buy votes, it’s 5, 10 bucks on the West Side and South Side, so let’s just be real about that.”
Hendon, a flamboyant former West Side politician who goes by the nickname “Hollywood,” has been paid at least $22,000 by Wilson’s campaign as an adviser, state campaign finance records show.