Locations for 3rd Willie Wilson gas giveaway Saturday

The $1 million giveaway is planned for Saturday at 16 locations in Chicago and 14 others in the suburbs. Where to go.

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Dozens of drivers wait in line for free gas, donated by businessman and former Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson, at a BP gas station at 5201 W. Cermak Rd. in Cicero, Thursday morning, March 24, 2022. Starting at 7 a.m., each vehicle got up to $50 of free gasoline at dozens of gas stations across the Chicago area, until $1 million was spent.

Dozens of drivers wait in line for free gas, donated by businessman and former Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson, at a BP gas station at 5201 W. Cermak Rd. in Cicero, Thursday morning, March 24, 2022.

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Mayoral candidate and businessman Willie Wilson on Wednesday announced the locations for his third gas giveaway this weekend.

The $1 million giveaway is planned for Saturday starting at 7 a.m. at 16 locations in Chicago and 14 others in the suburbs, according to a post on Wilson’s Facebook page.

When he announced the giveaway Tuesday, Wilson urged Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Gov. J.B. Pritzker — “if they have a heart for the people” — to “waive” the taxes on the donated gas. He also urged Pritzker and Lightfoot to come out and pump gas with him.

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Willie Wilson Facebook page

It is the third giveaway the millionaire has held this year. Wilson held two giveaways in March, including $1 million worth through about 50 stations in and around the city.

Last week, Wilson threw his hat into the ring in the 2023 mayoral race, riding a wave of goodwill generated by the free gas events. He also contributed $5 million to the Willie Wilson for Mayor campaign fund he created in 2018.

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Three years ago, Wilson won 13 of 18 Black wards, finishing fourth overall with 10.6% of the vote. In the runoff, Lightfoot won all of those wards — and all 50 wards citywide — after Wilson endorsed her over Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

The reveal of the pumping locations comes the same day Lightfoot’s plan to dole out 50,000 gas cards worth $150 each and 100,000 Ventra cards worth $50 narrowly passed a Budget Committee vote.

Contributing: Fran Spielman, Stefano Esposito

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