New state DCFS director is out

Feb 26, 2014

There’s a new acting director of Illinois’ child welfare agency. The previous director abruptly resigned Wednesday.

Arthur Bishop spent nearly 20 years working for Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services.He kept getting promoted until last month when Governor Pat Quinn appointed Bishop director of the entire department.

Yesterday, Bishop abruptly quit. 

In his letter of resignation, he writes, quote, “I am aware that we are in the midst of a contested election, and that my documented accomplishments, dedication, and almost 20 years of exemplary work are in this environment, simply irrelevant.” He says he’s been attacked by “political rivals.”

Bishop’s resignation comes after WBEZ and the Chicago Sun-Times partnered and found Bishop had once pleaded guilty to stealing from the clients of his former employer, a mental health center on Chicago’s West Side. It was also found that he was sued for not providing child support to his daughter, Erica.

Earlier this week, she agreed to tell her story to the Sun-Times and Illinois Public Radio's Tony Arnold. 

Gov. Quinn named another DCFS employee, Bobbie Gregg, acting director of the department.