Dr. Willie Wilson discusses his second Chicago mayoral run

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CHICAGO -- Dr. Willie Wilson joined WGN Morning News Wednesday following his announcement to run for mayor of Chicago for a second time.

Speaking on his first run for mayor and what he is changing this time around, Wilson stated that this is "Emanuel's last year."

"Jobs, violence, property taxes -- you are running people out of the city of Chicago. So he has to leave," Dr. Wilson told WGN Morning News.

He finished third in 2015 in a five-candidate field, getting about 10.5 percent of the vote.

In the interim, he made a short-lived run for the White House as a Republican.

Wilson also spoke on Chicago's issues with taxes and critiqued the way Mayor Rahm Emanuel handles Chicago's economic woes.

"All these different taxes, so people lose their homes. People moving out of Chicago. People going to Indiana, moving to a different state. The mayor is taking care of his friends. The problem is, is that: when you're running a big city like Chicago, you got to take care of more than just your friends," he said.

In addition, Wilson spoke on Chicago's debt and what he'll do differently when compared to Emanuel.

"Look, every time a situation in Chicago happens, in terms of budget wise, this mayor goes to the citizen and raise their taxes. In my business, I manage my way out of the situation," Wilson said. " You got to manage your way out situations without raising these taxes on citizens who cannot afford to pay for it.

Wilson also addressed Mayor Emanuel's controversial decision to shutdown 50 Chicago Public Schools -- promising to reopen each school.

"Well first off, anybody that closes down 50 some odd schools, something has to be wrong with them, period. If I closed down 50 schools in any neighborhood, you should probably just put me in a mental ill house," he said.

Wilson joins a mayoral field that includes former Chicago police superintendent Garry McCarthy and former CPS principal Troy LaRaviere.

Former CPS CEO Paul Valas is also considering a run.

The field could lead to a runoff next April, if none of the candidates gets 50 percent of the vote on February 26, 2019.


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