Wilson, a millionaire businessman and Rauner who is up for reelection, made it rain at the Covenant Missionary Baptist Church through the Dr. Willie Wilson Foundation, a 501(c)(3). He says he organized the giveaway to assist homeowners who are struggling to pay their property tax bills.
And he acknowledged that, when he holds such an event, people tend to show up without having contacted his foundation first. Some don't even have ID. But he said he doesn't turn them away.
"I keep money on me just to give it out," Wilson said. "We don't turn them down. We give what we can give them." -Chicago Sun Times
"My wife and I have been blessed by God to be able to get a few of the material things out of life and so it's up to us to now continually to share back with all of you all and others," Wilson told church members during the event.
"We've been paying people's property taxes for years," Wilson said, adding that the money was also meant to help people pay for smaller expenses, like food or bus passes. -Chicago Sun Times