A well-known pastor on Chicago’s South Side is defending his decision to give thousands of dollars in church donations to a former politician who served time in prison, and is facing racketeering charges.
Pastor Corey Brooks, of New Beginnings Church in Woodlawn, gave a $2,000 holiday donation to the former mayor of Detroit, Kwame Kilpatrick.
Kilpatrick resigned from the mayor’s office in 2008. He served a prison sentence for perjury and obstruction of justice. He still owes the City of Detroit hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution.
Brooks says he received a touching letter from Kilpatrick for help. He also claims he often helps people who are shunned.
“Our church is made up of a lot of guys who are ex-felons. So, if I stop helping ex-felons, I stop helping most of my church. So, it’s okay. I’m not upset about it. I’m not mad about it. It’s okay,” said Brooks.
Brooks gained fame for holding a vigil on top of a dilapidated motel for three months. His efforts raised enough money to have the motel demolished.
This story was published by WGN News Writer C. Hayes.