Former Ald. Tillman: 'It's bigger than me'

October 4, 2008 4:17:15 PM PDT
Former Chicago Ald. Dorothy Tillman was back in Chicago Saturday, and she said her criminal trespassing conviction should be seen as a reflection of a broken system.Tillman appeared as a guest speaker at the Global Mix Hip-Hop Summit Saturday afternoon.

The 61-year-old civil rights activist was arrested in March while trying to obtain her aunt's medical file at an Alabama hospital. A judge has suspended her 10-day sentence, pending appeal.

The former alderman says she hopes her ordeal can shed light on issues of fair treatment for the elderly.

"It's bigger than me. Of course, they offered to drop all charges to make it go away, but it's bigger than that. It's about what happens to seniors?[people] treat them any kind of way," she said.

Tillman plans a circuit court appeal and says she expects to win.