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Pilgrim Baptist Church Gets Promised State Money

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An official at Chicago’s Pilgrim Baptist Church says a $1 million check promised by Governor Rod Blagojevich is in the mail. The money is to renovate a building that was damaged when the neighboring South Side Church was gutted in a 2006 fire. The Chairman of the church’s board of trustees Robert Vaughn says future use of the building hasn’t yet been decided, but one stipulation is clear.

VAUGHN: The building will be used for things that are not religious related directly with the beliefs of the church. For instance, clothing drives and things like that, programs that will benefit the community.

The million dollars were originally given to a school that was renting space in the Church when the fire occurred. The Blagojevich administration has said this was “a bureaucratic mistake.”

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