By Chinta Strausberg, Chicago Crusader
As an extension of his humanitarian acts, the iconic Dr. Willie Wilson has plans in place to help young entrepreneurs go into business and grow including well beyond the boundaries of the United States.
“We are going to China on January 4th. We got these young entrepreneurs” who are ready and anxious to start up their own business. “I am trying to figure out a way to get their products in the market. We have to work on empowerment with different companies around the world,” Dr. Wilson said.
“We want to help young people. There is a lot of training to be done,” he said vowing to do all he can to help them start and expand their own businesses.
Over the Christmas holiday, Dr. Wilson and his wife, Janette, fed more 200 homeless people at the Pacific Garden Mission, 1458 S. Canal St., and gave each from $50 to $100.
And, on his campaign to free 1,000 Cook County Jail detainees in 2017, Dr. Wilson said, “We are going to present our bill to Springfield in January which will allow a person to be ticketed rather than being arrested for non-violent crimes.
“We are going to Springfield to talk to the lobbyists and make our case to get support for the bill because it would eliminate the inability to meet bond and having to go to jail,” said Wilson.
“We have already set up a task force to get Chicago involved with a citywide fundraiser sometimes in April. We will try to do a live telethon so we can get even more people out of jail,” he said.
Dr. Wilson has personally hired three young ladies he recently got out of jail. They will be his liaisons to the 110 he bailed out of jail. They will keep track of the former detainees to monitor their needs and progress.
Dr. Wilson said he will continue to meet with Gov. Rauner once a month to come up with different ideas in helping fund the non-profits that are so key in serving as a safety net for the recently released men and woman.