Willie Wilson

Mayoral candidate Willie Wilson (D) publicly contributed  $1 million of his money to his own his campaign fund Jan. 5 at BMO Harris Bank headquarters in Chicago. The candidate is well-known for his successful businesses and philanthropy.

“The West Side, the South Side of Chicago, the North Side, East Side of Chicago; all of them should look like downtown Chicago. We are one city, and one citizen, and we must make sure that we work hard to do that,” Wilson said Monday.

Such a sizable contribution is a boost to Wilson’s campaign operations.

“The people of Chicago are to be valued as more than just political stepping stones to higher office. As one who was born into poverty I understand at a deep, painful and personal level how important it is to respect all our citizens no matter the size of their bank accounts,” Wilson said in a statement released by his campaign manager Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston.

Read more about Wilson’s announcement at BMO Harris Bank headquarters Monday.