‘Rooftop Pastor’ defends donation to indicted ex-mayor

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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.

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  • truegrit

    This was poor judgment on Rev. Brooks part. Perhaps he should have helped Kilpatrick out of his own personal funds, as friends should do, not the church donations. While the church is there to help the community and its members, I do not think member donations should go toward assisting someone who has a questionable background and went to jail for embezzlement of city funds.

    • TNM

      All donations to the goal of a community center for kids to have a safe place to go must go directly to where the money was intended. Sad to say, this needs to be thoroughly investigated as to where other portions of the donated money have gone or have been messed with. Tell ya one thing, I am genuinely shocked by this.

  • Rick

    To the church members: You should be demanding that your pastor take his salary and return 2,000 dollars of his income back to the church to cover the "gift" to KK. A "touching" letter from KK to your pastor. Hell what's with that. Your pastor fell for a scam. KK still owes the city of Detroit 900,000 dollars (started at 1 million) in restitution for passed crimes against the city. He and his family live in a mini mansion in Dallas (had to give up the big one) and no income. He seemed to be able to move his "funds" to his wifes name before the sky feel in. His Federal trail in Detroit is in the 50 day range already(and this after how much he's been charged with and done prison time for already?). He wrote a book about himself and the proceeds were ordered to go to paying off Detroit taxpayers. Interesting his sister owns the publishing company that put his book out. Some poor soles actually bought it but the money hasn't made it's way to the taxpayers yet. He makes your politicans look almost noble. This "gift" is really taking the heat in the court room. KK isn't allowed to take anything. Your pastor can spin it any way he wants. KK is but it doesn't cut it. Seriuosly your church really needs to do some homework on what is going on in Detroit and the leech known as KK. You will want your money back from your pastor.

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