Officials of the Chicago Christian Industrial League say they can’t afford to operate the organization’s new $25 million shelter.
Officials of the Chicago Christian Industrial League say they can’t afford to operate the organization’s new $25 million shelter. Chicago’s oldest homeless shelter left its crumbling home near downtown Chicago for a new state-of-the-art building in the city’s Lawndale community. Officials say the deal left the homeless shelter on the verge of bankruptcy, and desperate to raise millions of dollars to continue its 100-year-old mission. The shelter in August hired Illinois first lady Patti Blagojevich to raise funds. She has raised little money since, and her task became more difficult when her husband, Gov. Rod Blagojevich, was charged with official corruption. Industrial League vice president Paul Camenisch said the organization is not planning on bankruptcy. But he added it would be irresponsible not to talk about it.
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