Statement from Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich
CHICAGO – “Illinois has lost a true sports and business icon. The legacy of Bill Wirtz will live on through the numerous businesses he built, charities he funded and the thousands of Illinois residents he employed. Patti & I wish to extend our sympathies to the entire Wirtz family. They remain in our thoughts and prayers.”
Statement from Gov. Jim Edgar
“Brenda and I were saddened to learn of the passing of Bill Wirtz. Bill was a good businessman, a good friend and someone who cared deeply about Illinois and, especially, Chicago.
Bill and I worked together to bring the DNC national convention to Chicago in 1996 and I believe he will be remembered for his compassion and for his commitment to his family, his businesses, his employees and to numerous charitable causes.
Brenda and I extend our most sincere thoughts and prayers to Alice and the entire Wirtz family.”
Statement from Jerry Reinsdorf
“Bill Wirtz was a giant of a man whose passing leaves a tremendous void in Chicago. It was an honor to have been his partner for over 25 years. He was a person of great integrity, loyalty and generosity.“