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Quinn honors sailors; Rev. Jackson, Cardinal George visit county jail on Christmas

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

People spent the holiday in many different ways around Chicago. Some chose to give back by honoring sailors from the Great Lakes Naval Station who couldn't be home for Christmas.

A bunch of sailors had an early Christmas dinner in Arlington Heights and were able to call home for the first time in a long time.

"For myself, my greatest Christmas present was watching every one of their smiles on their faces today," one person told FOX 32.

In Berwyn, Governor Pat Quinn honored more sailors who couldn't go home for the holidays.

"It really is a special way for all of us to say thank you to our volunteers, our service members who answer the call of duty," Quinn said. "Here they are at Christmas and we want to say thank you for everything to them."

Elsewhere, Reverend Jesse Jackson and Congressman Danny Davis spoke to inmates at the Cook County Jail.

On this Christmas day, the two announced they will be filing a lawsuit against the county for more regulations in how long an inmate sits in jail before seeing a judge.

"It costs about $50,000 a year to stay here," Jackson Sr. explained. "The 53 who have been here for 5 years waiting for trial and for $50,000 a year, that's a quarter of a million dollars per person."

Also at the Cook County Jail, Cardinal Francis George lead Christmas mass for inmates. He then traveled to Lurie Children's Hospital to visit with patients who can't be home for Christmas.

"There you see how being together even in great difficulties is itself healing and that's what Christmas is about. God is with us," Cardinal George said.

From inmates to those preparing to serve the country, people gave thanks to the volunteers who made many of the Christmas festivities possible.

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