Tonight's City of Chicago edition of "Public Affairs," features 2019 Chicago Mayoral Candidate, Willie Wilson, 69, a very philantropic businessman who came to Chicago in 1965 with not much more than the shirt on his back-- and started his business career by mopping floors at McDonald's for $2/hour.
Mr. Wilson eventually owned and managed 5 McD franchises, which were quite successful, along with his medical supplies company, which currently has sales of about $60 million per year.
Tonight's show airs throughout the City of Chicago at 8:30 pm and midnight on Cable Ch. 21 [CAN TV].
Mr. Wilson also has appeared on his own TV show as a singer- starting in 1989 and continuing to the present.
The program, SINGSATION, was the first nationally syndicated gospel entertainment show and it still airs weekly on WGN, Ch. 9, in Chicago every Sunday at 6:30 am-- and airs around the world.
Wilson ran for Mayor in 2015, earning 10% of the vote and this time he predicts he will get the majority of the vote in the February, 2019 election-- thereby avoiding an April contest against the runner up.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel was first elected in 2011 on the platform of fixing the city's not so great schools (CPS), not so great public safety (Chicago seems still to be the murder capital of the country) and not so great city finances (Underfunded pensions, very high property taxes, low business growth and perhaps highest minority unemployment rates in the country).
Rahm Emanuel was re-elected in 2015, running essentially on the same platform as in 2011. As the French and Chicagoans say, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Among various topics discussed tonight are the closing of more than 50 schools during Rahm's second term in primarily African-American areas, the dramatic growth in homicides in Chicago in 2016 (especially on the south and west sides of the City)-- and the significant decline in the City's homicide rate in 2017, what Wilson calls (a) the unfair distribution of City contracts to minorities and (b) the unfair and uneven distribution of economic growth across the City.
Willie Wilson also argues that the high crime rates on the west and south sides of the city are very much related to the lack of job opportunities in those areas.
Tonight's show also includes a discussion of the seven candidates running against Mayor Emanuel, including five African-Americans.
Of course, tonight's focus is on Willie Wilson. Next week's show focuses on candidate Paul Vallas.
We plan to have all eight candidates for Chicago Mayor on our show, and then go to a second round.
So, if you are a Chicago Mayoral candidate, don't be shy. Please get in touch and we will schedule your appearance.
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