- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

THORNTON TOWNSHIP, Ill. (AP) - A community in northeast Illinois has spent more than $106,000 on advertising to support a Nobel Peace Prize bid for a South Carolina church where a mass shooting took place in June 2015.

The Chicago Tribune (https://trib.in/1ScWZbZ ) reports that newly released records indicate that Thornton Township spent the money on radio and newspaper ads aimed predominantly at African-American audiences around the Chicago market. The advertising campaign followed a $46,000 taxpayer-funded trip to South Carolina in September taken by township Supervisor Frank Zuccarelli and 14 other officials.

The township’s ads argue that the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston deserves the award because of its peaceful response to the killing of nine black parishioners. The ads direct people to sign an online petition to support the effort.

Critics say the money could’ve been better spent in Thornton Township.

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Information from: Chicago Tribune, https://www.chicagotribune.com

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