When humanitarian business icon Dr. Willie Wilson gave away $200,000 on Dr. King’s birthday, he included a $20,000 check to a group of former Cook County Jail detainees looking for a second chance on life.
Erstwhile mayoral candidate Willie Wilson — who also took a quixotic run at the Democratic presidential nomination earlier this year — says he's going to Cook County Jail on Thursday with $15,000 in his pocket to bail out as many misdemeanor inmates as he can.
For months Dr. Willie Wilson has bailed out dozens of people who have languished in the Cook County Jail for misdemeanor offenses because they could not afford the bond. Wilson recently learned support may be on the way in the form of a legislative solution not only in Chicago, but also throughout the state.
In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 89th birthday, humanitarian Dr. Willie Wilson is holding a press conference Monday, January 15, 2018, from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church, 754 E. 77th St. where he is giving more than $200,000 of his personal money to those in need.