Rahm and Quinn to Join Rooftop Pastor on Midwest Leg of Cross-Country Trek

Mayor Rahm will walk with Pastor Corey Brooks along Lake Shore Drive Sunday afternoon.

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    Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn joined with Reverend Corey Brooks on Sunday to help raise money for a Woodlawn Community Center. Brooks is walking across the country in hopes of raising $15 million to begin building the center. NBC 5 Christian Farr reports. (Published Sunday, Jul 15, 2012)

    The Chicago rooftop pastor walking across America to raise funds for a Woodlawn Community Center had company during the Midwest leg of his travels.

    Reverend Corey Brooks was joined by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn Sunday afternoon during his walk to raise funds for his Project H.O.O.D. initiative to build a community center on Chicago’s south side and to quell gun violence nationwide.

    Pastor's Walk Across America Reaches Gary

    [CHI] Pastor's Walk Across America Reaches Gary
    Pastor Corey Brooks sat on a roof for weeks. Now he's on a cross-country mission to raise millions of dollars to build a community center. Charlie Wojciechowski was there as the pastor reached Gary, Ind. (Published Friday, Jul 13, 2012)

    "I'm hoping that with the mayor's influence and the governor's influence that it will take us to another level in reaching people that we would not normally be able to reach," the New Beginnings Church pastor said on Friday at a stop in Gary, Ind.

    To date, Brooks has raised $50,000 of his $15 million goal to build a community center across from his New Beginnings Church in Woodlawn. He hopes to achieve the goal in three months when he plans to arrive in Los Angeles around Oct. 15.

    Pastor's Trek Across Country Has Difficult Start

    [CHI] Start of Pastor's Trek Across Country Proves Challenging
    Pastor Corey Brooks began walking across America on June 5 to raise money for a community center near his south side Chicago church. He's covered five states so far and has dealt with storms, a heat wave and food sickness. Dick Johnson reports. (Published Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012)

    Saturday night Brooks took a break from his walk to host a dinner at Logan Center at the University of Chicago.

    His journey began at Time Square in New York on June 5. He has gone through three pairs of shoes and traveled about a third of the way to his final destination on the West Coast.

    Pastor Brooks Talks About Hitting The Road

    [CHI] Pastor Brooks Talks About Hitting The Road
    Pastor Corey Brooks, also known as the rooftop Pastor, wants to walk across America to raise money for his community center. Sharon Wright Reports. (Published Sunday, Apr 22, 2012)

    The idea to walk across the country came to Brooks after he spent 94 days camping on the roof of an abandoned motel to raise money to purchase he land to erect a community center in Woodlawn.

    After receiving several donations, the largest from actor-director Tyler Perry, Brooks reached his initial goal. But that was just phase one, he said. Building the center will cost upwards of $15 million.

    Pastor on Roof Comes Down, Thanks to Tyler Perry

    [CHI] Pastor on Roof Comes Down, Thanks to Tyler Perry
    After camping atop a south side motel roof for more than three months, Pastor Corey Brooks on Friday evening boarded a scissor lift and was lowered to the street and greeted by a celebratory crowd. (Published Friday, Mar 30, 2012)

    Brooks is raising the money to build the center debt free.