Illinois Gov. Pritzker gave $300K in federal COVID relief funds to BLM chapter now facing eviction

The leader of the Lake County BLM chapter is also facing a slate of criminal charges in court.

Updated: February 2, 2022 - 10:35am

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Illinois Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker channeled $300,000 in federal COVID-19 relief funds to the Black Lives Matter branch of Lake County.

The branch of the organization is run by Clyde McLemore who opened an office across the street from the Lake County Courthouse, telling the Chicago Tribune at the time, "we had to have brick and mortar."

The state funds were awarded to BLM through grants created to stop "the increased potential for violence in underserved and disproportionately impacted communities," according to the White House description of the funds.

But now, according to county records, McLemore and BLM have been served with an eviction notice.

And in early 2021, McLemore, 63, was arrested in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and charge with felony battery of a police officer and disorderly conduct after he allegedly kicked a door at the city's courthouse and threatening violence toward a Kenosha police officer.

Lake County records reportedly indicate McLemore has been charged before with criminal felony battery and pleaded guilty.