Hundreds March To Springfield In Demand For A State Budget

CHICAGO (CBS) — A couple hundred people began marching Friday afternoon to Springfield to demand that the legislature pass a budget – one that has more money for social services.

Before the march, they demonstrated at the Thompson Center. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.

One of the speakers, Martese Chism is a longtime nurse at Stroger Hospital.

She told the crowd her great-grandmother marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Junior, received death threats and testified at a justice department hearing.

“On her way back home, she was murdered by Klan terrorists who ran her car off the road. She and her 78-year-old mentor were decapitated,” Chism said.

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Martese Chism, one of the speakers at the demonstration ahead of the March to Springfield. (WBBM/Steve Miller)

Chism said she is marching for seven days of the 15-day march.

“My great-grandmother felt compelled to march,” she said. “Now it is 50 years later and I feel compelled to march.”

Organizers expect about 10 people to march the entire way to the state capitol.

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