Church destroyed by fire wants promised $1M

August 19, 2010 (CHICAGO) Lawyers for Pilgrim Baptist Church filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court Wednesday asking a judge to order the Illinois Department of Commerce and economic development to pay the church the grant money.

The former governor first promised church officials the money to rebuild just days after a January 2006 fire nearly destroyed the historic church. For four years, the church has been in a holding pattern with the state, awaiting the money.

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