Friday, April 25, 2008

Tinley Park, IL and Rev. Jeremiah Wright - Why Tinley?

Above - Crazy Uncle Jere's Retirement Mansion in Tinley Park, IL

Below - The Old Tinley Park Mental Health Facility that welcomed Katrina Victims

Now that is a two tales of one city!

Marathon Pundit ran an interesting piece last week concerning Pastor Wright (ret.) whose building a stately mansion in Tinley Park, Illinois. Jeremiah Wright gave it to GW Bush good and hard for the callous treatment of Katrina Victims and Senator Obama is on record as saying that Wright 'helped' Katrina Victims.

Ok. How? Metaphorically? Rhetorically? Spiritually? Magically? It does not appear that he did so Financially - according to the Katrina Relief National Report.

Sometimes things fall through the cracks.


Here's something to do on a rainy day.

1. Click my post title to Atlas Shrugs ( HT to Marathon Pundit)
2. Read the page

3. Click on the links provided and read what is there - more importantly read what is not there.

4. Ask yourself some questions

I did last night after catching a snatch of Rev. Wright on the egg-toss put on by the agenda driven Bill Moyers. I asked myself, 'Self, Why do the good folks in Tinley Park get Bat Guano Crazy Uncle Jere?'

Well for years, 'close knit, ethnic Irish Catholic Beverly was home to Calypso Louie Farrakhan. He had no problem borrowing a bag of Weed N'Feed from some Paddy Chump from Christ the King Parish. Imagine the block Party - Louie topped off with turkey taco salad, marshmallow jello mandarin orange salad and Sweet Tea - yanking out the old fiddle. Louie Moved! Off to Berrian County Michigan! Away from the racist Micks.

Tinley Park, Il was ground zero for the State of Illinois efforts to provide shelter and comfort to the suffering people of Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. The refugees stayed at the old Mental Health Facility on Harlem in Tinley Park. The State of Illinois went flat out to help Katrina victims. I wonder just how Tinley Park was selected as the best site to help the victims of America's greatest natural disaster. Who were the elected officials and appointed board members who pushed the Tinley site? They did a great service to those suffering people.

1. Did Pastor Wright and his church help out the victims of Katrina?

2. How did the Church select Tinley Park, of all places, to settle its Shepherd?

3. Who is footing the bill?

4. Who's Weed 'N Feed is getting borrowed?

Here's start - Rod Blagojevich's State of Illinois Website:

September 14, 2005

Gov. Blagojevich expands Hurricane Katrina Victim Assistance Hotline to serve thousands of self-evacuated victims, and the people, organizations and local governments caring for them in Illinois
Hotline hours extended, additional staff answering calls, ensures self-evacuees will have access to full range of resources

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that the state’s Hurricane Katrina Victim Assistance Hotline (800-843-6154) is offering a broader range of services and will be more available each day to the thousands of Hurricane Katrina victims who made their own way to Illinois, as well as the individuals, community organizations and local governments that have taken them in. The hotline connects displaced victims to state services available to them, ranging from housing assistance to medical care to employment. The American Red Cross estimates that there are more than 6,000 victims displaced by Hurricane Katrina living in Illinois with friends, family or in other temporary housing. Approximately 430 people traveled to Illinois on flights arranged by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, thousands of Gulf Coast residents left their homes and found their own way to Illinois. While they are here, we will make every effort to connect them to resources and services - whether they need temporary housing, health care for their families, jobs, food or clothing” said Gov. Blagojevich. “Our hotline will also help the many generous individuals and organizations who are trying to make sure evacuees in Illinois are getting the assistance and tools they need to rebuild their lives.”

The Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) is coordinating the hotline. Hotline hours of operation are being extending so victims can call any time between 9am and midnight daily to find out what services are available to them. Callers will have one-stop access to all of the State of Illinois’ resources for Katrina victims – from emergency food and shelter to more long-term assistance like unemployment benefits and food stamps. Operators from the Department of Human Services will be able to connect callers to information on:
Financial assistance available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Red Cross
Help to evacuees who are looking for loved ones
Enrolling children in preschool, K-12th grade, community colleges and public universities
Energy Assistance that may be available through Illinois’ LIHEAP program to hurricane evacuees placed in temporary or permanent housing
Various healthcare programs offered by the state and federal governments that may be available to evacuees
Temporary and permanent housing available through the states, FEMA and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Employment available in Illinois and through the U.S. Department of Labor
Change of address forms from the United States Postal Service
Other state and federal services and programs including crisis counseling, unemployment, rehabilitation services, developmental disabilities, veterans benefits, seniors benefits, child care, and substance abuse
Caring for pets affected by Hurricane Katrina

The Governor set up the toll-free number as a part of the state’s centralized effort to assist refugees from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama who come to Illinois. The number, 1-800-843-6154, went live Friday, September 2nd, and will stay in service for as long as needed. Displaced victims with access to the internet can find more information on available services at Users can also find a link on the state website to the federal government’s services and assistance available to those affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Since Hurricane Katrina made landfall on August 29th, Gov. Blagojevich ordered all state agencies to respond in a coordinated manner to help recovery and cleanup efforts in the Gulf Coast, and victims coming into Illinois:

Arriving on four flights arranged by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Illinois has received more than 430 displaced victims from the Gulf Coast states. Individuals and families, upon arrival received immediate medical care and were provided housing from the state in Tinley Park, Elgin, Alton and Rockford. The American Red Cross estimates an additional 6,000 displaced victims arrived in Illinois by their own means. Governor Blagojevich announced on September 4th, Illinois is ready to receive as many as 10,000 displaced victims, and has called elected officials, community leaders, not-for-profit organizations, religious institutions and social service providers to match the State of Illinois’ coordinated relief effort to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Gov. Blagojevich deployed more than 1,600 Illinoisans to help Louisiana respond to the devastation resulting from Hurricane Katrina. The deployments include nearly 600 firefighters and 800 National Guard troops.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security is helping displaced victims process unemployment claims and facilitating job searches and job training. IDES and Central Management Services employees have set up remote computer stations in the state facilities in Tinley Park and Alton where the first displaced victims arrived, and are in the process of setting up the same services in Elgin and Rockford, where more evacuees arrived this week.

A group of 100 state employees traveled to Louisiana to help the Louisiana Department of Social Services reach out to victims in remote areas of the state. The volunteers include clerical employees, security personnel, information technology specialists, drivers and mechanics.

The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has reached out to state-chartered banks and thrifts and asked them to provide free check cashing, eliminate ATM service fees and help establish checking and saving accounts for displaced victims now residing in Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Revenue has extended filing deadlines to taxpayers from counties damaged by Hurricane Katrina and who owe Illinois taxes, until October 31, 2005.

A total of 134 highly trained law enforcement officers from state and local agencies were deployed to Louisiana. These include Weapons of Mass Destruction teams, Tactical Response teams, Underwater Dive teams, a mobile command post, various all terrain vehicles, boats and trucks.

The Illinois Department of Transportation contributed 500 yards of fencing and 500 stakes on two lowboys pulled by two semis that will be in the law enforcement convoy.

The Governor dispatched a total of 52 members of the Illinois Medical Emergency Response Teams (IMERT) to Louisiana to assist with care of the massive number of sick and injured victims from Hurricane Katrina, and dispatched an 11-member Incident Management Team to George County, Mississippi to assist local emergency managers during the crisis.

The Governor ordered the state’s public schools to waive residency requirements and enroll any child displaced by Hurricane Katrina who relocates to live with family, friends or in a shelter in Illinois. To date, more than 400 children displaced by Hurricane Katrina are enrolled in 46 different Illinois school districts.

The state’s 39 community colleges will accommodate any Illinois resident displaced from higher education studies because of the hurricane, while Illinois’ 12 public universities will also take in students affected by the destruction along the Gulf Coast. Students are encouraged to contact admissions offices at each university to being an expedited process to enroll in the institution and to access university services like financial aid.

The Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency have offered free camping and removed length of stay requirements for Hurricane victims at all state parks and historic sites that offer camping.

The Illinois Department of Transportation waived certain transportation rules to allow standard-sized semis carrying supplies and materials to Louisiana to be overweight by up to 15,000 pounds when they travel on Illinois roads. Currently, a standard-sized semi is only allowed to weigh 80,000 pounds when traveling through Illinois. IDOT will also grant emergency permits to companies that need to move oversized equipment to the impacted area.

The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) made available various items through IEMA’s emergency procurement system including 256,000 half pints of water, 8,500 blankets, 18,300 clothing items, and 2,900 dozen packages of cleaning supplies. IDOC has also delivered 3,000 bedrolls to the Red Cross in Hillside.

The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs sent toiletries and food to facilities where displaced victims have been housed, and in collaboration with several other federal and private agencies will send food to the Gulf Coast states.

The Department of Central Management Services made available its Bureau of Communication and Computer Services (BCCS) to help provide communications assistance to devastated areas. Using broadband services, including high speed data transmission to remote areas underserved by local carriers, BCCS can provide relief command centers with uplinks for phone and internet access, and also links to shelters so displaced individuals can call loved ones.

The Department of Human Services sent staff skilled in processing Food Stamps, to help the United States Department of Agriculture implement a Disaster Food Stamp program in 25 Louisiana counties.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture made available to the Illinois State Police the Expo Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds as a staging area to consolidate personnel, equipment and supplies in preparation for deployment.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the Illinois Department of Public Health dispatched twelve specialists to Louisiana. The specialists are members of four environmental health strike teams being sent by the state at the request of the Louisiana Emergency Management Agency. Their expertise includes drinking water, sewage, food safety and food salvage. In addition, two IEPA trucks stocked with emergency response equipment and two IPDH vehicles were deployed.

The People of Illinois did pretty proud work. Catholic Charities to which the young men of Leo High School contributed gave $ 500,000. Chicago Police Officers and Chicago Firefighters went to New Orleans.

What exactly did Pastor Wright do , besides raise money for Katrina?

Did that money make its way to New Orleans?

It does not appear on the Philanthropy News Digest. Huge questions. Millions of them.


dapperzapper said...

You are pathetic. What did Trinity do? We raised and sent money to Katrina victims through our denomination, which we are proud members of (United Church of Christ). We also sent our own trucks with food and clothing to New Orleans during the immediate aftermath, because we (like you maybe) had little confidence in some of the traditional relief agencies. What's more, we have continued our efforts (

What do you care about where Rev. Wright is building his home, or who is paying. He has led his congregation for 36 years . . . from 87 families to over 6,000 members. You know nothing about him but a few press/you tube clippings, and nothing of our church. Why are you wasting your life dithering with subjects rather than working to make your community and world better? Perhaps you're satisfied with things the way they are.

Anyway, I'm praying for you, because believe it or not, one of the things that Rev. Wright preaches is that we are "all" made in the image of God, and thus worthy of redemption.

God bless you

pathickey said...

That is great to hear.
Thank you and God Bless you.

Arjun said...

Due to the overwhelming response to the needs resulting from Hurricane Katrina, Trinity United Church of Christ is not accepting any clothing or non-perishable items. The church is accepting all monetary donations, however. Please make all checks or money orders payable to Trinity United Church of Christ. Write Trinity United Church of Christ on the "Pay to" line. On the line located next to the word “Memo” in the bottom left corner of the check, please write Katrina Relief. Mark your donation on Line 99 of your giving envelope. Thank you for your understanding and most importantly for your gifts and acts of kindness!


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