Community Center

Rev. Corey Brooks discusses his cross-country walk to raise money for a community center in Woodlawn. (Credit: CBS)

Pastor Corey Brooks Raising Funds For Community Center

The South Side pastor who camped on a motel roof for three months and then walked across the country in an effort to raise funds to build a community center and give young people opportunities in the Woodlawn neighborhood says he’s found renewed interest in the project, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.


Flood waters poured into many homes in north suburban Northfield. (Courtesy: Brian Bell)

Red Cross Providing Shelter For 200 Affected By Floods

The American Red Cross has opened seven shelters to provide relief for nearly 200 people who were forced from their homes this week by flooding in Cook, DuPage, Lake, and DeKalb counties.

WBBM Newsradio–04/19/2013

Salvation Army bell-ringer

Even Affluent Suburbs Harbor People Who Need Salvation Army Assistance

The Salvation Community Center in Norridge provides after-school activities for young people, other resources for people struggling financially as well as worship services.


Rev. Corey Brooks has been camping out in a tent on a vacant lot at 66th Street and King Drive, to raise money for a $15 million community center he wants to build there. A year ago, Brooks began camping out on a vacant motel at that site, to raise the $450,000 he needed to buy the motel and tear it down. (Credit: CBS)

Pastor Camping Out Again To Raise Money For Community Center

He’s at it again. The pastor who received national attention for spending 94 long days on the roof of a shuttered South Side motel is spending some more time outside.

CBS 2–11/24/2012

Rev. Corey Brooks discusses his cross-country walk to raise money for a community center in Woodlawn. (Credit: CBS)

Pastor Finishes Cross-Country Walk To Raise Money For Community Center

A South Side pastor has completed his cross-country fundraising walk, and has returned to Chicago.

CBS Chicago–10/15/2012

Rev. Corey Brooks (Credit: CBS)

Mayor, Governor Join Part Of Chicago Pastor’s Cross-Country Walk

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn joined a South Side pastor on Sunday for part of his cross-country walk to raise money for a new community center, as well as awareness about the city’s violence problems.


Mt. Vernon Baptist Church's JLM Abundant Life Community Center on the West Side is serving as a cooling center for local residents without air conditioning. (Credit: CBS)

West Side Volunteers Helping Neighbors Beat The Heat

As the temperatures head into the dangerous heat zone, at least one West Side community group was heading outside. Volunteers at the community center for Mt. Vernon Baptist church were going door-to-door on Tuesday to help their neighbors.

CBS Chicago–07/03/2012

Rev. Corey Brooks (Credit: CBS)

Pastor Stepping Off On Cross-Country Trek To Raise Awareness On Gun Violence

The Rev. Corey Brooks is set to step off on his cross-country walk to raise gun violence awareness, and raise money to build a new community center on Chicago’s South Side.

CBS Chicago–06/05/2012

Rev. Corey Brooks (Credit: CBS)

Pastor Who Camped Out On Roof Plans Anti-Violence Trek

A Chicago pastor who camped on the roof of an abandoned motel says lacing up his sneakers is part of a new plan to address gun violence.


Gay Rights

Center On Halsted To Celebrate 5 Years Serving LGBT Community

The Center on Halsted LGBT community center will soon celebrate five years in operation with a gala expected to attract 1,500 people.

CBS Chicago–04/05/2012

File Photo Of Chicago Police Car (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Englewood Residents Searching For Way To Curb Violence

Residents in the Englewood neighborhood turned their attention to the city’s spate of gun violence this weekend.

CBS Chicago–04/01/2012

Rev. Corey Brooks (Credit: CBS)

Pastor Takes Title To Shuttered Motel Where He Camped On Roof

Two weeks after ending a 94-day stay atop an abandoned motel on King Drive, Woodlawn minister Rev. Corey Brooks has taken title to it.

CBS Chicago–03/08/2012

Rev. Corey Brooks (Credit: CBS)

Pastor Returns To Pulpit After 3-Month Stay On Motel Roof

A South Side pastor was back behind the pulpit Sunday, after living on top of a shuttered motel for nearly three months as part of his quest to build a new community center in the West Woodlawn neighborhood.

CBS 2–02/26/2012

Pastor Brooks On Rooftop

Pastor Camped Out On Roof Near Goal Of Buying Shuttered Motel

The pastor of a West Woodlawn neighborhood church thinks he might be able to get off the roof of the old motel where he’s been camping for three months. He’s raised nearly enough money buy the building, so he can replace it with a community center.

WBBM Newsradio–02/23/2012

Pastor Brooks On Rooftop

Pastor Camped Out On Rooftop Witnesses Crime In Progress

A South Side pastor has been camping out on the roof of a motel for the past three months to help stop violence in the community.

CBS Chicago–02/17/2012

The Rev. Corey Brooks (left) is joined by Gov. Pat Quinn in the ongoing campout on the roof of a shuttered motel on South King Drive. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Goes Up On Motel Roof To Meet With Pastor

Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday joined the Rev. Corey Brooks on the roof of a shuttered motel, where pastor has been camping out for two months in an effort to have it turned into a community center.

CBS Chicago–01/17/2012

WBBM Good Neighbor Radiothon

WBBM Radiothon: The Many Ways The Salvation Army Makes A Difference

WBBM Newsradio’s annual Good Neighbor Radiothon is underway, this year benefiting the Salvation Army. Here is a look at the numerous ways in which the Salvation Army makes a difference to those in need in Chicago.

WBBM Newsradio–12/16/2011

Pastor Corey Brooks

Pastor Camps Out On Roof Of Old Motel For Community Change

A South Side pastor is camping out on the roof of a motel he helped to close down over prostitution and drugs, in an effort to buy the building and use it to help the community change.

CBS Chicago–11/22/2011

Photo Of Decorative Element Atop A Minaret. (Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)

Setback In Plans For DuPage County Mosque

A group that is planning to build a mosque in DuPage County has suffered a setback.

CBS Chicago–01/14/2011

Thai Flag

Thai Community Center To Replace Old Police Station

The old Albany Park District police station is set to be transformed into a Thai community center next year.

CBS Chicago–10/11/2010