Church Builds Wright $1M Home in Pricey Chicago 'Burb

Meanwhile, Northwestern yanks honorary degree offer
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2008 1:11 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Jeremiah Wright is set to retire to a $1 million mansion paid for by Trinity United Church of Christ. The 10,400-square-footer is in a tony Chicago suburb, and comes with butler’s pantry, elevator, and whirlpool, the New York Post reports. The church is listed as owner; an unexplained $10 million line of credit is attached to the property.

In another Chicago suburb, meanwhile, Northwestern University has withdrawn an offer of an honorary degree and disinvited Wright from its June commencement ceremonies, the Chicago Tribune notes. A university honcho cited the raging controversy around Barack Obama’s former pastor and said it meant to “ensure that the celebratory character” of graduation not be affected.