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.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: A Sunny Start Friday
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.READ MORE: Two Women Who Told CBS 2 About Agonizing Waits With IDES Now Have Unemployment Benefits, And Tips If You're Still Waiting
“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.
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.”MORE NEWS: Variety Magazine Reports Lollapalooza Has Green Light To Return This Year; City Says Nothing Is Confirmed Now
Organizers expect about 10 people to march the entire way to the state capitol.