News

King Would Say There’s Unfinished Business

King Would Say There’s Unfinished Business

The Poor People’s Campaign, founded by the Rev. Martin Luther King in 1967, was resurrected in Chicago in 2003.

The president is Jerry Robinson, who says he’s pulling any lever he can grasp to get politicians and business people to understand how people become poor and what it’ll take to get out of poverty. He says the minimum wage should be increased.

“They wanna raise it to what, $10.10 across the nation? That’s still not enough. It is a start, but it’s still not enough,” he said.

King was waging his Poor People’s Campaign on behalf of garbage collectors in Memphis when he was murdered in 1968. Had King and his original Poor People’s Campaign survived to this day? “If he was here now, he would look and say we still have more work to do. That’s what I believe,” Robinson said.

Robinson notes that while poverty disproportionately affects African-Americans, there are poor people of all races.

 

Recent Headlines

in Local

Early Voting to Begin in Special Schock Replacement Primary

I Voted Stickers

Early voting starts Thursday for the special election to pick the Democratic and Republican candidates to possibly replace Aaron Schock as 18th District Congressman.

in Local

Langfelder Talks About Appointments

5-26-15 Langfelder

Four of Mayor Jim Langfelder's department head appointments will be voted on by the Springfield City Council next week.

in Local

Rauner Revises Hiring Plan

Rauner Task Force

Gov. Bruce Rauner's office has revised its plan to change state hiring to allay concerns of Democrats and unions.

in Local

Bloomington Man Deemed “Sexually Dangerous” to be Released from Treatment

local_news_generic

A psychiatrist has testified that a 35-year-old Bloomington man who has been in a state treatment program for sexually dangerous people since he was 15 is eligible to be released.

in Local

Former Dixon Comptroller to Give Up Horse Trophies

jail

Rita Crundwell can't keep a collection of horse trophies and other personal items stored in Illinois and Wisconsin.