Former mayoral candidate Willie Wilson bails out 12 Cook County Jail detainees amid COVID-19 outbreak

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago businessman and former mayoral candidate Dr. Willie Wilson bailed out 12 Cook County jail detainees Thursday morning before giving them each $400 along with face masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The detainees are all charged with non-violent misdemeanors.

Wilson also donated 10,000 face masks for other detainees and staff at the jail.

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