PHOTO: Former state Sen. Rickey Hendon poses with Dean Nichols and Reggi Hopkins, both of whom were criminally charged last week. The three are holding a mock state grant check to Hopkins' not-for-profit group, the MIW Foundation, for the West Side Music Boot Camp
The Illinois state senator known as “Hollywood” could barely contain himself.
It was 2007, and Rickey Hendon had just secured $190,000 in state funding for the West Side Music Boot Camp, which touted itself as a program “to empower local performers, producers, promoters and other members of the community with the critical knowledge and skills needed in order to succeed in today’s competitive music and entertainment industry.”
“Hendon . . . says he is really excited about this program — both as a senator and as a singer-songwriter who grew up on the streets of Chicago,” says a 2007 news release that’s still posted online, along with a picture of Hendon presenting the organizers — including his former campaign treasurer — with a poster-sized check from the state of Illinois.
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