ABC Chicago 7 News: Fr. Pfleger Leads Thompson Center Protest Over Rauner Budget


ABC-News Protest-at-Thompson-Center-Rauner-Cuts-Mar 22 2015


CHICAGO (WLS) -- Father Michael Pfleger was among a group of about 200 protesters Friday at the Thompson Center in the Loop staging a sit-in to protest Governor Bruce Rauner's proposed budget cuts.

There was a peaceful ending to the protest that brought dozens of people to the governor's door step after protesters ended up closing several doors on Randolph Street to the State of Illinois Building.


The Roman Catholic priest is upset with Governor Rauner's budget cuts.

"We will not allow Illinois to balance its budget on the backs of the poor and on the backs of our children," Fr. Pfleger said.

St. Sabina reports the state has cut more than $935,000 of its funding, funding for after-school programs and youth employment.

"We got noted just abruptly that our program was going to be cut overnight and we had to halt several programs," said Jocelyn Jones, Ark of St. Sabina Youth Center....

Father Pfleger said this is just the start of the conversation. He plans to go back to St. Sabina, write a formal letter to the chief of staff, as well as the governor, inviting them to see the very programs that are now on the chopping block...

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