Willie Wilson

Dr. Willie Wilson to Give Away $1M in Food and Gas Discounts to Chicagoans

Chicago businessman Dr. Willie Wilson has announced a $1 million cash and grocery giveaway specifically for Chicago seniors.

According to a news release, seniors living in Chicago Housing Authority buildings can receive a $25 grocery coupon at participating Pete's Markets or Cermak Markets on Wednesday. In addition, gas discounts will be provided for seniors at 15 gas stations Thursday. Here's when each giveaway will take place, and where.

Wilson previously said the giveaways would take place Monday, but later announced a shift in plans.

"Today, the cost of gasoline and food is at a 40-year high," Wilson said in a news release earlier this week. "Lower income families spend approximately 77 percent of their income on necessities. The costs of milk and eggs are up 11 percent, meat is up 13 percent and fruits and vegetables 8 percent."

Earlier this month, AAA said the average price for a gallon of gas in the Chicago area is now over $5.

Last month, Wilson announced he was entering the 2023 Mayoral race for the city of Chicago. Wilson has vowed to repeal Lightfoot’s vaccine mandate, hire four or five different police superintendents to combat the unrelenting surge of violent crime and eliminate red-light and speed cameras squeezing motorists who can least afford to pay the fines.

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