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Friday, Aug 10, 2018

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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.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

13 Comments
  1. - Precinct Captain - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 1:04 pm:

    Sounds like Hendon is getting overpaid to tell Wilson he’s overpaying. But underneath it all, they might be on to something: we need a tax credit for voting.


  2. - Father Ted - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 1:05 pm:

    In related news, Bruce Rauner just put a stop on the $1M payment to Erika Harold’s campaign and had it converted to cash in $5 and $10 bills.


  3. - PJ - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 1:16 pm:

    Gov. Rauner and Willy Wilson are fighting neck and neck for who can be more moronically transparent about the illegal motives for their cash dumps.


  4. - Huh? - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 1:26 pm:

    Wilson is running for mayor and handing out cash. It shouldn’t matter if the money came from the campaign, foundation or personal checkbook, it ought to be illegal.


  5. - Anonymous - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 1:27 pm:

    Vote buying illegal? So Gov Gaslight isn’t buying (legislative) votes? Or is that a political carve-out for the oligarchy?


  6. - Perrid - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 1:27 pm:

    I’m sure he was just speaking hypothetically about what he thought would buy a vote. I’m suuuuuuuure he never engaged in the practice. Not a doubt in my mind. /s


  7. - Anonymous - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 1:49 pm:

    Henson has a ‘wink-wink’ moment with the mass of un-hipsters. Thanks. You’re always so…..flamboyant.


  8. - DuPage Saint - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 2:34 pm:

    Always the little guy that gets short changed. Pin Striped patronage, tax breaks rich mans vote buying


  9. - Saluki - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 3:02 pm:

    Hendon represents everything that is and has been wrong with Illinois Politics. For some reason it’s funny because it’s “just Rickey being Rickey”.


  10. - Amalia - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 3:40 pm:

    the “I’m tired of white people telling me what to do” comment is ridiculous.


  11. - WhoKnew - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 3:44 pm:

    – … buying votes on the West Side, South Side, votes about $5, $10–

    I thought Ken Dunkin raised that to $50..
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-dunkin-voter-buying-allegations-20160307-story.html

    Or is he not from the West side?


  12. - Boone's is Back - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 4:07 pm:

    You know you’re in trouble when the only one defending you is Rickey Hendon.


  13. - RoscoeRatMatt - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 4:21 pm:

    - Amalia - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 3:40 pm:

    the “I’m tired of white people telling me what to do” comment is ridiculous

    True indeed; an astoundingly ignorant comment. Just what is the point of Willie Wilson’s never ending campaign for office anyway?


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