Activists protest appointee reform bill

May 22, 2009 3:25:36 PM PDT
A coalition of faith-based activists is protesting a bill that passed in the Illinois house Thursday. The measure would require Governor Pat Quinn to decide whether people hired by former governors Ryan and Blagojevich should keep their jobs. A group of ministers, business leaders and others rallied outside the Thompson Center Friday to protest the legislation. They believe the law would eliminate minority jobs and give the legislative branch power over the executive branch.

"We should not allow politicians, because of their personal agendas or personal vendettas, to punish these workers," said Rev. Ira Acree, Greater St. John Baptist Church.

The Illinois Senate has yet to vote on the legislation.