Hello?!? It's STOLEN Money
- A fire-ravaged Bronzeville church that has been waiting two years for a $1 million state payout -- promised by Gov. Blagojevich in the heat of his re-election bid -- may have to wait even longer.
That's because atheist activist Rob Sherman filed suit in a Downstate court, saying the grant deal with Pilgrim Baptist Church violates the constitutional separation between church and state.
- ...the money he had promised the church went to a politically connected private school displaced by the fire from space it had rented from Pilgrim Baptist -- a snafu Blagojevich attributed to a "bureaucratic mix-up" by his administration.
The school used the money to buy space in a Loop office building but has yet to hold classes, triggering reviews of that deal by the state Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and Attorney General Lisa Madigan. The House also voted unanimously to have Auditor General William Holland study the whole transaction.
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