August 6, 2018-Exclusive correspondence obtained by the Gazette through a Public Records Act request shows that Bill Hanna and Karen Freeman-Wilson believe they are on a mission from God. The correspondence came at the end of the 2016 legislative session and at a time when Hanna secured for the City of Gary a $10M loan from the RDA. The loan came after legislators inserted an intercept provision into the law because Gary had not paid the RDA the $3.5M annual payment due from casino taxes. In the correspondence, Freeman-Wilson initiates the discussion of divine providence by stating “Every session you secure your spot in heaven for practicing God’s tenets in a place that can be ungodly.” The ungodly place that Freeman-Wilson was referring to was apparently the Republican controlled Indiana General Assembly that had just passed the legislation she requested. Hanna, a Republican, did not defend his colleagues downstate,. Instead, Hanna doubled down replying “God has given us the same mission.”
This is not the first time the Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson has made reference to being on a mission from God. In her 2015 State of the Union, Freeman-Wilson stated that she was “anointed” rather than elected Mayor.
See the corresondence below:kfw_hannacorrespondence1 (1)