- Associated Press - Sunday, October 26, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - The pastor of a church on Chicago’s South Side that was burglarized over the weekend says he’s not planning on having any more politicians speak from the pulpit.

Corey Brooks is pastor of New Beginnings Church of Chicago and a supporter of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner (ROW’-nur) in his bid to unseat democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. Brooks says he believes an $8,000 theft from a church charity box and threats he’s received are tied to supporting Rauner.

Brooks told reporters Sunday that he doesn’t want to put his church “in jeopardy.” He says recent political appearances are causing a “distraction” for parishioners.

He says he will continue to support certain candidates, but “as far as them coming to our church to speak, that’s not going to happen.”

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