On the 48th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Illinois religious leaders urged Gov. Bruce Rauner and the legislature on Monday to resolve state employee contract negotiations in a "peaceful manner."
Monday marks 48 years since King was killed in Memphis, where he was supporting striking sanitation workers represented by AFSCME.
The Rev. Robert Jones of Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church on Chicago's South Side joined other faith leaders and state workers, represented by AFSCME Council 31 and SEIU* Healthcare Illinois, during a Monday morning press conference organized by Arise Chicago.
"We come together today because Dr. King's message of what government should be continues to resonate. We want Illinois to be a place where no one is left behind," Jones said at the Chicago Temple building. "We want Illinois to be a place where service providers are not demonized but cherished for their sacrifices that they make and respected for the professional services that they provide. This is the kind of Illinois that we want."
Arthur D. Bishop, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services's new director, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor theft charge back in 1995 for allegedly pocketing money from clients at a West Side mental health center where he had previously worked.
A recent investigation by the Chicago Sun-Times shows that an administrator with the Illinois Department of Corrections has a criminal past that involves some two dozen arrests on charges such as arson and possession of illegal guns and drugs, among others.