Mayor: William Dock Walls, III
BY STEPHANIE ZIMMERMANN Staff Reporter Jan 11, 2011
Updated: January 20, 2011 4:30PM
Birth date: 05-27-1957
Political affiliation: Independent
Occupation/Firm name: Americanshirtshak.com
Marital status: Married
Campaign HQ address: 47 West Polk Street
Campaign website: http://www.wallsformayor.com
What is your campaign budget?
What are your top priorities for the City of Chicago?
My highest priority is to change the focus of city government from beautification and infrastructure improvement to Economic Development. Our goal is to provide Chicago businesses the wherewithal to compete in the National and Global Economy and bring new revenue, jobs, and Industry back to Chicago, Illinois. I will use $2 Billion of the city council approved $8.5 Billion Capital Improvement Program to Create 100,000 Self-perpetuating Private Sector Jobs. Additionally, we will establish irreproachable Public Safety Services; Through public initiatives, private initiatives and comprehensive tax reform we will stimulate the City's economy to foster Full Employment; We'll develop and efficiently maintain our Public Infrastructure; Enrich the Department on Aging to ensure the health and well being of our Senior Citizens; Provide a superior Public School Education for each and every individual child; Program the Mayor's office of Employment and Training to train and re-train adults, and end corruption in Chicago.
The city is in serious financial trouble and can't afford the level of service it currently provides. For 2011, Mayor Daley balanced the budget without raising taxes or fees, relying instead on some cost-saving measures and one-time fixes, including using proceeds from leasing the city's parking meters. What would you do differently as mayor?
Please be specific about your plans to reshape government: what services and departments would you scale back or cut? Can you identify new revenue sources? How would you reduce personnel costs? What kind of concessions might you seek from city unions?
As Mayor, I will implement several cost saving initiatives and measures designed to increase cost effectiveness and energy efficiency without negatively impacting safety or service. I will cut the profit margins of government contractors, vendors and suppliers who receive contracts totaling an average of two million dollars ($2 million dollars ) or more per year. This is likely to result in a yearly savings of four hundred million dollars ($400,000,000). I will cut the Procurement Department Red tape, unbundle government contracts, allow bidders to lease equipment subject to transparency requirements, provide wrap up bonding and insurance, to enable more contractors, vendors and suppliers to respond to Requests For Proposals and offer competitive bids. This is likely to reduce costs by as much as ten percent (10%). I will cut City of Chicago's government utility costs by using modern efficiencies and technology to heat, cool, light and regulate lobbies, offices, and conference rooms throughout all City of Chicago facilities. This may reduce costs by as much as four million dollars ($4 million). I will cut the flow of administrative paperwork by fifty percent (50%). This will reduce purchasing, handling and storage costs by twenty percent (20%). Finally, I will cut the City of Chicago debt service by transitioning from the current "Debt to Fund Services" revenue and expenditure system into a "Pay As You Go" revenue and expenditure system. When this six-year (6 year) transition is complete, the city of Chicago will save more than Six hundred million dollars ($600,000,00) annually. Additionally, this will result in the city of Chicago having a constant reserve fund and ultimately encourage the bond rating agencies to increase the City's Bond Rating.
As Mayor, I will replace the existing Ward based garbage collection system with a Grid based system. My consideration is based upon the premise that a garbage collection crew can accomplish more if they can proceed along a straight path and negotiate fewer turns.
Additionally, as Mayor, I will offer city employees the option of a ten hour a day, four day a week, forty hour work week. This would reduce daily start-up costs as well as reduce personal and public energy consumption. This would allow the city to restore city employee furlough days.
As Mayor, I will work to increase the presence and competitiveness of Chicago based businesses in the Global and National economies. Through Public-Private initiatives we will empower these local businesses and enable them to place their products, goods and services into the National and International stream of commerce and, consequently, create jobs and opportunity, and bring new revenue back to Chicago. Obviously, this expansion of our revenue base will result in businesses sharing more in the costs of city services. Thus, the burden on homeowners and general taxpayers will decrease, significantly.
Currently, the city of Chicago relies upon seven primary sources of revenue. Those revenue sources include Real Estate tax, Income tax, Sales tax, Federal aid, State aid, Motor Fuel tax, Public Utility tax and Fines, fees and assessments. Over the past four years I have advocated the use of "Naming Rights" as a harmless form of revenue that would not further burden any taxpayer. As Mayor, I will provide maximum opportunity for companies and individual to rename public buildings (excluding City Hall), facilities, and other city assets according to their wishes. Unlike Privatization, the city to would retain complete control over these assets.
I do not foresee a need to seek further concessions from the unions which have already been asked to give more than their fair share.
The city's four employee pension funds have been called a "ticking time bomb," with Mayor Daley's pension commission predicting that the four funds will run out of money in 20 years. "There is no low- or no-cost solution to this problem," the commission wrote in a report earlier this year. "Deferring action is not a viable option." What is your plan for bringing the pension funds to solvency?
On a related note, Mayor Daley railed against a bill that passed in Springfield that created a two-tier pension system for police and fire, saying a provision that requires a steep ramp up in what Chicago contributes to the pension funds will force a massive property tax increase. What do you think of this legislation? Should it be amended?
Chicago's four pensions (Police, Fire, Municipal Employees and Laborers) were poorly structured . There were no safeguards to protect them from powerful pension raiders, unfulfilled promises of deferred payments and other bad practices. At present, the City of Chicago Employer contribution is underfunded by $14.75 Billion
We currently have a defined benefits plan which is wholly unsustainable. Our Accrual multiplier per year of service is currently 2.1. Ideally, we should have an Accrual multiplier per year of service equal to 1.0. This disparity makes our current pension situation tenuous. We must ultimately transition to a defined contribution plan which will allow the future benefits to fluctuate according to investment successes.
We must to adopt a common sense approach that is fair to current and future pensioners as well as taxpayers.
I support the state initiative to raise the retirement age, which previously allowed public employees to retire as young as 50 in some government pension systems and 55 in others.
We should weigh and assess the benefits of offering certain government employees the option of a one time lump sum payment.
We can replace the automatic 3 percent annual increases for government retirees with a capped, inflation-based cost-of-living factor and tax the pensions of non-residents who retire from work in the private sector, with an exemption for the first $75,000 in retirement income and enact a minimum age for the exemption.
Finally, we must implement a Full accrual system which would mandate that we pay our obligations as we go within the year in which they accrue.
What is your plan for bringing more jobs to the City of Chicago? The unemployment rate is particularly high among people with limited education. What can be done to stimulate job creation for that group?
Since the demise of the stockyards, Chicago has not had an industry to call its own. As Mayor, I will fight to make Chicago the World's Center for Nanotechnology Development and Nanofabrication. Nano simply means small. The basis of nanotechnology is rooted in the rearrangement of atoms using a quickly emerging process, which will ultimately allow us to produce products which are cleaner, lighter, stronger and more precise.
Rather than offer Humongous tax breaks to lure a few major corporations to Chicago, we should commit a modest amount of resources to help grow existing Chicago businesses. Among other things, my administration will create a business friendly climate which is conducive to the proliferation of Cleaner, Greener, more energy efficient and technologically advanced manufacturing plants.
We will establish a series of Public-Private Partnerships funded by $2 Billion dollars of the City of Chicago's existing $8.5 Billion Dollar Capital Improvement Program. Specifically, we will identify 2,000 small to medium sized Chicago based businesses which are industry and geographically diverse, and provide each of them a $1 million dollar jobs creation grant to enable each to create 50 sustainable, private sector jobs. Our aim is to help these Chicago businesses grow; introduce their products, good and services into the national and global stream of commerce; and increase production. This initiative will result in a total of 100,000 permanent jobs.
To ensure a ready and capable workforce, we will concentrate more spending on education, rehabilitation and skill development and Less spending on incarceration. We will target for inclusion, those persons who have been chronically unemployed.
Finally, our administration will engineer Comprehensive Tax Reforms to stimulate the city's economy and foster full employment.
The next mayor will choose a new CEO for the Chicago Public Schools. Do you think the CEO needs to have education experience? What areas do you want the new CEO to focus on? Would you expect the CEO to execute your vision or should the CEO define his or her own vision in consultation with the Schools' chief education officer?
Would you continue the Renaissance 2010 program of shutting down failing schools and creating new ones? Would you continue Ron Huberman's "culture of calm" effort, which aims to improve the culture of the toughest schools and provides mentors and extra support for kids at greatest risk of being shot? How would you improve neighborhood schools that are struggling to educate the large numbers of students left behind, the students that don't make it into test-based, charters or other specialized schools?
Immediately upon being elected, I will empanel a Blue Ribbon Committee of educational community activists, parents and members of the Chicago Teacher's Union to conduct an unlimited search to identify the most desirable candidates for Chicago Public Schools Superintendent. Many of us, who are committed to the improvement of CPS, have often criticized Mayor Daley for consistently supporting the appointment of business-first Chicago Public Schools model headed by a CEO. We maintain that the next head of CPS should have an Illinois Type 75 administrative certificate and, therefore, be eligible for appointment as a education-first Superintendent. That Superintendent can then hire a CEO to assist with the management processes.
Someone recently said to me "The Chicago Public School system is in a financial mess. I would not trust anyone who tells me they would not make cuts. Tell me, where you would cut the budget?"
In fact, the Chicago Public School system has a $370 million dollar deficit. I do not support Teacher cuts, Academic program cuts, or cuts affecting traditional Athletic programs.
I would cut the profit margins of big CPS contractors, vendors and suppliers. I'd cut the Red tape and make it possible for more contractors, vendors and suppliers to bid and respond to RFPs. I would cut utility costs by using modern efficiencies and technology to heat, cool, light and regulate school classrooms and other CPS facilities. I would also cut the flow of paperwork by 50% and thereby reduce purchasing, handling and storage costs; Cut the CPS debt service by establishing a "Pay As You Go" revenue and expenditure system; and finally, I would cut classroom sizes to make them manageable and productive.
We must provide a superior public school education for each and every individual child. That transcends the development of modern buildings with state of the art equipment and facilities, which are conducive to safe and potentially productive educational environments.
We must do more than safely warehouse students; teach them reading, writing, math and science and train them to pass tests. We must do more than that. We must thoroughly expose them to all of life's intangibles; including the arts, history, the humanities, civics, sports and technology. We must have one curriculum common to children at the same grade level, across each of the schools, throughout the city.
Irrespective of the level of parental support or involvement, or lack thereof, we must completely educate all of our children, and empower them to perform critical and analytical functions; and thereby enable them to appreciate their limitless potential.
We must encourage our children to dream big dreams, and equip them to follow their hearts and minds and to fully utilize their talents. The goal is to enable them to pursue the American Dream.
The State of Illinois required CPS to have 176 School Days. In 2009, CPS only had 170 actual School Days. As mayor, I will make certain that CPS is n compliance with all State requirements.
The state of Illinois must reform education Funding, and supply 51% of the amount needed to provide eachï¿¯ï¾¿ï¾½ child a high quality education.ï¿¯ï¾¿ï¾½
We must avoid further burdening taxpayers with the burgeoning cost of education. I suggest we institutionalize Corporate support for our educational system through naming rights, not charter schools. For example, we could rename Lane Technical High School, the "Sprint-Lane Tech Campus." In exchange for long-term naming rights, Sprint Communications would be required to invest an initial $1.6 million dollars for Capital improvements and thereafter provide $600,000 per year to fund educational programs at Lane Tech High School. Other companies and private individuals might pay a licensing fee to have the auditorium or gymnasium, or certain classrooms according to their wishes.
We would end Huberman's "culture of calm" which failed to address the real issues resulting in a high level of violence in Chicago Public Schools. It is inherently dangerous to force children to go to school across gang lines. Thus, we will focus on the redevelopment of our neighborhood schools. Safety and security are just two of the many benefits to be derived from the concept which enables children to attend schools close to home.
I would work to end "No Child Left Behind", which is a skewed, unfunded mandate. We'll end the implementation of the tenets of Ren 2010. Our aim will be to make each and every school a productive and desirable educational emporium.
We cannot have a civilized society if a vast majority of our citizens are uneducated. Therefore, we will offer financial incentives to encourage those students who were left behind by charter and specialty schools to complete their basic education through grade 12..
The Chicago Police Department is understaffed, with no lasting budget solution in sight. Given the current staffing levels, what changes would you recommend to use resources more efficiently? Do you support realigning beats in a way that moves police from lower crime areas to higher crime neighborhoods? What should happen to the diminished CAPS program?
As Mayor I would take immediate action to make certain people feel safe at home, at work, at school and on the streets of Chicago, anytime of day or night. I would declare a meaningful State of Emergency, Pursuant to that declaration, I would institute a series of specific actions to immediately alleviate the root causes of increased crime and thereby reduce the danger.
Suspend all Police Officer vacations and furlough days: Conduct high visibility Outdoor Roll Calls in and around high crime areas: Conduct Outdoor Police Academy Recruit Training sessions in and around high crime areas: Stop all Police Parking Ticket writing activities: Limit Police Traffic Court appearances to those involving personal injury, auto damage, DUI, drugs or weapons: Replace the vast majority of sworn officers presently assigned to office and desk duty with civilians and assign more officers to street beat patrol.
Furthermore, I would direct the Police Board to adjust Chicago Police Department policies in an effort to reduce the number of disorderly and domestic disturbance arrests by thirty-three (33% ). In regards to the handling of Domestic Disturbances, Chicago Police officers should be further trained to immediately separate adversarial parties, deescalate the situation and take the necessary steps to ensure each of the parties go their separate way. These steps would require no more time that that which is required to transport and process a person arrested for these relatively minor infractions.
I favor the implementation of flex police districts. Police officers assigned to patrol low crime beats will be authorized to patrol and offer assistance in neighboring beats when other patrol officers are required to support officers in nearby high crime districts.
The role of the CAPS Department will be further diminished under my administration. We will completely eliminate the CAPS program by the end of 2012.
The city's tax-increment financing program has been criticized on several fronts, including the proliferation of districts, how money is diverted from schools and other basic city services, how TIF funding decisions are made and for an overall lack of transparency. How would you improve the TIF program? Does the TIF law need to be changed in any way?
TIF Funds should only be used to facilitate the building of low-income housing, Grocery stores and community approved economic development projects in blighted areas. I support the Sweet Home Chicago initiative which would require that 20% of unused TIF Funds be used to develop low-income housing. We must have greater transparency in the reporting of the amount of TIF Funds diverted from the secondary taxing bodies.
TIF's should sunset as originally scheduled and ancillary taxing bodies should receive the funding needed to fulfill their core responsibilities. We must include the amount of funds directed to TIFs on Property tax bills and through regular publication and notification as requested by renters and various city residents.
We must stop the practice of Porting TIF funds into neighboring TIF districts as a means of diverting funds from blighted communities into those which are not blighted.
Mayor Daley has focused on privatizing city assets. Are there any other assets you could consider privatizing? If so, would you make any changes to the way privatization deals are negotiated and passed through the city council?
I do not favor any Privatization of city assets. However, if there were a necessary privatization deal it would have to be presented to the the City Council 30 days in advance and approved only after public
Do you support one or more casinos for Chicago? If so, where do you want the casinos located?
I do not support a casino in Chicago. However, if we were to allow a casino in Chicago, I would suggest that it be located at O'hare Airport, behind the security gate and, thereby, accessible only to ticketed travelers.
The Chicago Housing Authority's massive plan to transform public housing has stalled. How would you jumpstart that effort?
The Chicago Housing Authority Plan for Transformation has failed miserably. The CHA tenants were cast, willy-nilly, into neighborhoods that were blighted and devoid of the service centers needed to support their inadequacies and deficiencies. Many have become part of the underground culture that breeds crime in the streets. Thus, to ensure safety and civility, we now need a Plan for Reclamation.
Pursuant to my direction, the CHA would develop a database of former CHA residents. After evaluating each client and performing a critical needs assessment, each potential tenant will be assigned a case worker. That case worker will prioritize them according to their at-risk status. Thereafter, a team of professional housing experts will design a critical path program, unique to each individual former resident.
The short-term goal is to improve the housing situation of each former tenant and assist them in improving their social economical status. Eventually, we will return two-thirds of the 210,000 former residents to the land once occupied managed and controlled by CHA.
Other U.S. cities have managed to create successful curbside recycling programs. How would you make it work here?
We would use city employees to collect and document participation. Residents and homeowners would be offered financial incentives to make the program work.
Chicago was designed as a weak mayor, strong council form of government. Is there a power imbalance between Mayor Daley and the City Council? On which issues should the mayor lead? On which should the council lead?
The overall Chicago City Council voting record, which is available through the office of the City Clerk, clearly evidences the fact that Chicago Aldermen vote in favor of major legislation, proposed by the Mayor, ninety-two percent of the time.
According to a 2008 University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Political Science and Developing Government Accountability to the People (DGAP) report, "There have been only thirteen divided roll call votes in the first eleven months, averaging 1.2 divided votes per month similar to approximately 1.8 per month during the last eleven months before the new council was elected in 2007." The numbers are relatively the same in 2010.
It has often been expressed that the City Council is nothing but a Rubber Stamp for Mayor Daley. Many of the Daley proposed and City Council approved ordinances have fleeced the public. For example, the nonsensical 75 year Parking Meter lease deal which, on its face, was fatally flawed. Daley hastily provided it to the Aldermen and all but five of them voted to pass it two days later.
With the advent of technology, the city of Chicago has developed a sophisticated, computerized, 311 system which effectively interacts with the public and addresses their concerns. Thus, residents rarely phone their alderman with requests for information or to request routine city services. Aldermen no longer handle the bulk of resident complaints. Walls said "Many city services like street sweeping garbage pickup and some non emergency police services could be more effectively and efficiently performed on a grid system basis.
Chicago is in need of serious reform. More and more concerned citizens are asking, "Why are we paying fifty Aldermen $110 Thousand Dollars a Year to simply vote Aye?"
In light of the foregoing, I propose we use our home rule powers and cut the City Council by fifty percent (50%) over a period of five years. That action would streamline our city government, which is growing out of control, and save taxpayers billions of dollars. This strategic reduction can be accomplished through a combination of attrition scheduled mergers and remapping
Apparently, the majority of our Aldermen are not independent thinkers who vote to protect the interest of residents of their Ward. Therefore, As Mayor, I will encourage the City Council to be more deliberative without being obstructionist.
The Mayor should lead on issues pertaining to the overall development of policy effecting the entire city. The Aldermen should take the lead on matters that can be implemented on a ward by ward basis.
Would you accept campaign contributions from companies that contract with the City of Chicago? Would you accept campaign contributions or gifts from city employees?
No I would not accept contributions from entities that do business with the city of Chicago. Neither would I accept contributions or gifts from city employees.
Does the city need to change the way it hands out contracts? How will you ensure that contracting decisions are based solely on merit and free of patronage? Should Chicago aldermen reclaim oversight of city contracts? If so, contracts above what dollar amount?
Bids should be received and bid results should be displayed online. With the exception of Sole Source Contracts, No-bid contracts should be limited to $25,000.
The city should scrutinize and limit the number of change orders allowed.
We must unbundle the contracts and make them smaller so that more contractors and suppliers can bid upon them.
The Shakman decree was supposed to end political hiring and firing at City Hall. As mayor, what would you do to bring the city into Shakman compliance? Be specific.
Human Resource Employees responsible for hiring within city government should be bonded and insured. Each should be held personally liable for violations of the Shakman Decree. Under strict penalty of law, supervisors should be warned and cautioned against interfering in the hiring process.
Should there be new limits on who can lobby City Hall officials, including aldermen? Should former City Hall employees be prohibited from doing business with the city after their departure? If so, for how long?
Current Aldermen, City officials and employees should be prohibited from Lobbying within City Government. With the exception of those city employees enrolled in, and participating in, special programs designed to encourage entrepreneurship, no city employee should do business with the city of Chicago for a period of 2 years from the date of their departure.
Do you support an inspector general just for the city council? Would you support giving the city's existing inspector general the power to investigate aldermen and their staffs, including subpoena power? What should be done with the weak Chicago Board of Ethics?
As Mayor, among my highest priorities will be to end Chicago corruption, once and for all. My plan for Reform goes beyond the establishment of simple practices designed to provide discretionary oversight. I am recommending revolutionary structural changes to Chicago city government. These unprecedented reforms will guarantee public discourse, make government transparent, and ensure elected Chicago Municipal Officials and their appointees are held accountable for their decisions, actions, omissions, and transgressions.
1. Mayoral Term Limits
We will use Chicago's Home Rule power, if possible, and appeal to the State Legislature, if necessary, to enact Chicago Mayoral Term Limits. As a consequence, no Chicago Mayor will be allowed to serve more than two consecutive four-year terms. The term limits I am suggesting will be similar to those in Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans, New Jersey, Philadelphia, San Francisco and other major cities.
My recommendation of term limits is based upon the proven belief that when a mayor knows that, by statute and mandate, someone else will succeed them in office, within a time prior to the running of any statute of limitation, a mayor is more likely to comport himself with excellence and ensure that all under his direction are honest and hardworking. A mayor who expects to be audited by a successor acts differently than one who expects to be mayor for life.
2. Subpoena Power
The people of the city of Chicago have a right to know what city officials knew and when they knew it. Therefore, the City Council Ethics Committee will be granted Subpoena Power to issue subpoenas commanding the Mayor, Clerk, Treasurer, Aldermen, Shakman Exempt Employees, or any city Contractor to appear at Public Hearings to answer questions, under oath, relative to suspected or alleged corruption.
My goal is only to ensure that the Mayor and other individuals cooperate with corruption investigations. Therefore, this subpoena power would be limited to avoid nuisance proceedings. Yet, it must be sufficient to ensure access to the information wanted from those who may be reluctant to provide it. Subpoenas would be issued only upon the recommendation of a majority of the members of the Chicago City Council.
3. Censure of Elected Officials
Upon the recommendation of three-fifths of the members of the full Chicago City Council, based upon a refusal to comply or upon a finding of negligence or wrongdoing the Mayor, Clerk, Treasurer or individual Aldermen may be publicly Censured.
4. Dismissal or Censure of City Employees
Upon the recommendation of three-fifths of the members of the full Chicago City Council, based upon a refusal to comply or upon a finding of willful negligence or wrongdoing City employees and City Contractors may be Censured by the City Council or recommended for dismissal by the Mayor.
5. Faithful Performance Bond
The city conducts a check into the background of many employees. To augment background checks, certain city personnell who serve in sensitive positions, specified by category of employment, may be required to have a Faithful Performance Bond, which would cover any loss the city or a member of the public suffers because the employee failed to faithfully perform his duty. This differs from a fidelity bond, which covers the risk of employee dishonesty.
6. Increased Sting Operations
Each year, the city's Office of Inspector General will be required to conduct sting operations that guarantee the testing of one-percent of all city employees. This includes one-percent of the employees within the various city departments, and the offices of other elected officials. The city Inspector General will avoid entrapping employees, but will make offers that provide opportunity to breach the public trust. It is my belief that widespread knowledge of this practice will discourage wrongdoing.
7. Whistle Blower Rewards
The City of Chicago will offer monetary rewards to anyone who provides information that leads to a finding of improper conduct by city employees or contractors. The nature of the activities that the city seeks information concerning will be specified and published.
My goal is to restore Integrity to Chicago city government. Integrity is an absolute commitment to truth, veracity and fair play. I will grant the city council the ability to scrutinize, review and examine the actions of city officials, employees and contractors to ascertain whether they adhere to, and are compliant with, applicable laws, rules, regulations, resolutions and ordinances; be they federal, state or local.
The Chicago Board of Ethics
What's the best book ever written about Chicago? Why?
Boss by Mike Royko. It chronicled the making of a great post depression modern city.
Please list your educational background
Horace Mann Elementary, 1971; Chicago Vocational H.S. 1975; Tuskegee University, 1980; IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law 1986.
Please list civic, professional, fraternal or other organizations to which you belong
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Have you held elective or appointive political office or been employed by any branch of government?
Yes. Administrative Assistsnt to Mayor Harold Washington 1983 to 1986
Please list jobs or contracts you, members of your immediate family or business partners have had with government
Name your five biggest campaign contributors and the amount they contributed
Rachel Goodstein $500; Sheila Hubbard $400; Bruce Crosby $300; Myriam dePelichy $360; Thomas Morrow $300.
Please paste a brief biography here
William "Dock" Walls III is a community and political activist, former aide to Chicago's first African-American mayor, the late Harold Washington and is currently the director of the Committee For A Better Chicago.
Walls attended Horace Mann Elementary and Chicago Vocational High School. As a student at Chicago Vocational, he was a member of the Public League Championship Football team. After high school, he went on to Tuskegee University where he graduated with honors in 1980. In 1986, he graduated from IIT-Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is not an active member of the Illinois bar.
During the late Harold Washington's successful campaign for the office of Mayor of Chicago, Bill Walls helped to organize the Lawyer's Committee for Harold and served as president of Law Students for Washington and Assistant Scheduler. From 1983 to 1986, Bill served as Confidential Assistant to the Mayor.
Bill Walls co-managed Joyce Washington's campaign for Illinois Lieutenant Governor which netted over 360,000 votes, served as National Political Director to Rev. Jesse L. Jackson's Rainbow PUSH, served as the main Illinois surrogate for John Kerry in his 2004 bid for U.S. President, was a Candidate for Mayor of Chicago in 2007, and a candidate for U.S. Representative (Illinois 1st District), in 2008.
Bill Walls is married to Pamela. He has three children and six granddaughters