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Dr. Willie Wilson: Servant

Millionaire philanthropist, Dr. Willie Wilson, who has a backstory from sharecropper, to owning 5 McDonalds franchises to an international medical supply owner has a goal to help Chicagoans by becoming its next mayor.

By Professor Zaki Amir

2023 will be Dr. Wilson’s third attempt to win the mayoral contest and his reason is, “I want the people to know that I‘m running for them. I’m not a politician. In the beginning I was a sharecropper. I now have a worldwide international company and 100% of the money we make goes to help people.” Adding, “I don’t want anything from the city except to help,” emphasizing that he funds and has funded all of his political campaigns.

He went on to say,” The politicians they owe one another, they sign off from their parties. I don’t take any money from anyone, I’m strictly independent, concluding with the statement, “There is nothing the city could give me or that I would take for being a public servant.”

Dr. Willie Wilson pumping gas during free gas giveaway sponsored by him at Marathon Gas Station located 340 S Sacramento Blvd. Over 48 gas stations throughout the city and suburbs provided gas totaling over 1.2 million dollars.

February 2023 is the election for the mayor of Chicago and Dr. Willie Wilson has entered his hat into the race once again. His first attempt at the mayoral position was in 2015 against mayor Rahm Emanuel where he came in third out of five candidates. For those politicos, he declared his intention for President of the United States and was on the ballot in several states during the 2016 primaries.

He ended his campaign in April on 12, 2016 and two years later in 2018 entered his hat into the ring for mayor not garnering enough votes in to make it to the runoff. In addition, challenges to the candidature petitions of several black candidates caused the Wilson campaign to be criticized for challenging petitions.

August of 2019 he decided to challenge Senator Dick Durbin for his senatorial seat. Starting out as an independent, he

Dr. Willie Wilson provded free food coupons of $25 to shoppers at Cermak Fresh Markets throughout the city totaling $80,000. This Cermak Fresh Market located at 3311 W 26th St. had plenty of people in line grateful for the gift of help provided by Dr. Wilson.

formally created his own party, the “Willie Wilson Party.” He got 4% statewide finishing third with the most support coming from Afrodescendant wards getting 18.5% of the votes, outpacing Mark Curran his Republican opponent who got only 4% compared to Senator Durbin who got 75.9 % as the incumbent.

Dr. Wilson has been accused of trying to buy votes and spoke to that accusation by replying, “In the past two to three months, I’ve been giving gas, groceries and hope to the people who need it the most.”

He said that he has given away approximately 5.2 million dollars to lend a hand to the 77 communities in the city and suburbs that need assistance in this economic atmosphere where it’s getting harder and harder to put food on the table and remain current with bills. He has also given money and Covid-19 slupplies to other cities, and to Ukraine. His history of giving has made news since 1996 to a front page article in the Wallstreet journal..

Asked directly why a voter should vote for him, he replied, “So many things are going wrong in Chicago, crime is so high, people are afraid in their own homes, they are concerned with home break-ins, being carjacked when driving and other problems like very high taxes and even lack of respect for the mayor, the police and city officials in general.”

Based on his career as a successful businessman, he was a McDonald’s franchise owner with 5 stores that he sold to start Omar Medical Supplies importing and distributing latex gloves and other medical and safety supplies and equipment sorely needed in this time of an international Covid-19 pandemic that appears to be unstoppable.

He is also a recognizable personage due to the syndicated Gospel program known as Singsation, winner of a Chicago Midwestern Emmy Award in 2012. Deacon Wilson has some government experience as the Chairman of the Governor’s Task Force on Fair Practices in Contracting. And as an appointee to Governor-elect Bruce Rauner’s transition team, in 2014. He is not a political amateur.

Specifically pressed on how he would make the city better, he said, “We have the responsibility to hold everyone accountable for what they are doing, and I want to start with the teachers, from grade school through high school into college. Even community centers in the neighborhood, they have to do a much better job with the students so that they can take care of themselves after they graduate.”

He then advanced the thought of “trade schools” as he continued by saying, “In order to stop crime, you have to put things in place so that people can make a good honest living. By putting trades in place you get to the root of the problem. When a person can do something for themselves, they are much more able to avoid getting in trouble and going to jail.” He then began to speak about recidivism.

“Offering a skill or trade to those that are incarcerated helps them as they become apprentices and look forward to employment when they are released. With a trade or a skill, they won’t need to return to making money illegally, by selling drugs or robbing someone.”

Focusing on the need for change in Chicago, he said, “Grants should be set aside for young people and those that are unemployed and especially those newly released from jail or prison to work for the city. Programs in the construction area, painting government buildings, repairing public housing facilities or in plumbing for CHA is something that is not impossible, is it; he asked before continuing with this comment,

“The CTA belongs to the city and has lots of employees. It is a place that is able to offer many jobs, and there should be more aggressive business opportunities sponsored by the city for those that need help. Mentors from the business sector should be added and a quarterly review of the programs should be done to make sure they are doing the right thing because money can be a real temptation to some people”

Dr. Willie Wilson began to end the interview with these words, “As mayor of Chicago, I would authorize that there be four Police Superintendents rather than just the one to bring about improved services for the people of the city.”

In response to him being a politician, he declared, “No, I’m a servant and I like to look at myself and pattern myself after Christ. He worked with the poor and needy and the Bible says blessed is he that considereth the poor.



Chicago Summer dance is back

Have you applied for your prepaid gas cards of $150 or your transit cards of $50 to eligible residents across the city?

  • Chicago Moves will issue up to 50,000 prepaid gas cards of $150 and 100,000 prepaid transit cards of $50 to eligible residents across the city.
  • The transit cards may be used to purchase fare for public transportation purposes at Ventra vending machines located at CTA stations, Ventra retail locations located across the city or digitally via the Ventra website or mobile appUse of the gas card will be limited to the purchase of gas at pumps located at any filling station within the City of Chicago.
  • 75% of these cards will prioritize residents in community areas that face higher mobility hardship.
  • The remaining 25% of cards will be distributed citywide in equal amounts to each ward.
  • Applications for Chicago Moves will open on April 27, 2022, and cards will be distributed every month from May through September.
  • The Lottery will be conducted in the second week of May – September. To be considered for each month’s lottery, applications must be submitted by the first day of that month.

ONLINE:  at Chicago.Gov/ChicagoMoves

IN-PERSON:  at any Chicago Public Library Location

You CANNOT apply at City Hall.

BY MAIL:  Send a letter containing a completed application (pdf) to:
ATTN: Dept. of Finance: Chicago Moves
121 N. LaSalle St., 7th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

You CANNOT apply at City Hall. 



Chicago residents who meet all of the following eligibility requirements are eligible to participate:
• You reside in the City of Chicago AND
• You are 18 years of age or older AND
• You have experienced economic hardship related to COVID-19 AND
• Your household income level falls at or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Level
The Federal Poverty Level is an income measure used by the government to determine eligibility for programs. It is based on household size – larger households will have higher income cutoffs than smaller households. If you are unsure about whether or not your household qualifies, you can use the following table to estimate.

• For individuals: $33,975
• For a family of 2: $45,775
• For a family of 3: $57,575
• For a family of 4: $69,375
• For a family of 5: $81,175
• For a family of 6: $92,975
• For a family of 7: $104,775
• For a family of 8: $116,575
• For a family of 9+: Add $11,800 for each extra person
City employees, full or part-time and households including City employees, are not eligible to apply under this program.




Community Project Funding from Rep. Davis

Hello Stakeholders in the IL-7th Congressional District –

Congressman Danny Davis asked us to alert you that the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee will again accept requests for Community Project Funding in FY23.  Within a few days, you can find an overview of our Appropriations process, deadlines, and a link to an online form to make a Community Project Funding request under the “Services” tab on our website:

If your organization is a government entity or a non-profit organization located in the IL-7thDistrict and would like to request Community Project Funding from Rep. Davis, please complete the online form and send supporting materials to

Deadline:  Based on information from the Appropriations Committee, we have set a deadline for submitting Community Project Funding requests for April 12, 2022.

Online Form:  To request Community Project Funding from Rep. Davis, please complete thisProject Request Form:

Demonstrated Community Support:  The Appropriations Committee made clear thatcommunity engagement and support are crucial in determining which projects are worthy of Federal funding.  If your organization plans to apply for Community Project Funding, your application will need to include evidence of community support, such as:

  • Letters of support from elected officials or community partners (TIP! Have supporters address letters to your organization so that you can use the same letter for House and Senate requests);
  • Press articles highlighting the need for the project;
  • Support from editorial boards;
  • Projects listed on state intended use plans, community development plans, or other publicly available planning documents; or
  • Resolutions passed by city councils or boards.

Support Documents.  In addition to completing the online form, please email supporting documents and overviews of your Community Project Funding request to Jill

Senate Appropriations.  Importantly, the House and Senate project requests are independent. Rep. Davis encourages you to contact Senator Durbin and Senator Duckworth to understand their Appropriations processes and deadlines for congressionally-directed funding to give your organization the best chance of being selected for funding.

 Informational Webinar.  Join us for an informational meeting about Community Project Funding to learn about best practices for putting together a compelling application and to ask specific questions about the process. The meeting will be:
Wednesday, March 30, 2022, from 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. CST.  Register here.

 Questions?  If you have any questions, please contact Jill Hunter-Williams at or at (202)225-5006.

Click to access Community-Project-Funding-Press-Release.pdf