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DCFS chief resigns after Sun-Times stories on his past

Arthur Bishop (right) then-director Illinois Department Juvenile Justice other Illinois executive branch officials hearing Joliet 2012. | Sun-Times files

Arthur Bishop (right) then-director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, and other Illinois executive branch officials at a hearing in Joliet in 2012. | Sun-Times files

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Updated: February 26, 2014 6:40PM

MICHAEL SNEED: The acting chief of the state’s child welfare agency has resigned after a series of Sun-Times and WBEZ stories about his theft conviction and paternity case.

Arthur Bishop submitted his resignation to Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday. It is effective Friday.

Bishop cast the stories about his misdemeanor theft conviction and paternity case as political distractions.

Bishop wrote: “While your political rivals may be willing to attack me in an effort to obtain some modicum of political advantage, I cannot agree to be used as a distraction to the real issues that face the state and the children that remain in state custody.”

The resignation comes after the Sun-Times and WBEZ disclosed earlier this month that Bishop, who is an ordained minister, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor theft charge in 1995 for stealing from clients of a social service agency and was sued by the mother of his daughter for back child support in a 2003 paternity case.

To replace Bishop, Quinn appointed a new acting director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services: Bobbie M. Gregg, according to documents filed with the Illinois Secretary of State.

Gregg is currently an administrator at DCFS.

A DCFS spokeswoman declined to comment.

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