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Local Clergy Rally For Moral Day Of Action

A national movement took to the steps of the capitol Monday to outline what clergy members of various faith groups want to see from candidates this upcoming election. (WICS)

A national movement took to the steps of the capitol Monday to outline what clergy members of various faith groups want to see from candidates this upcoming election.

A "higher ground moral day of action" took place at the capitol Monday, where clergy members and supporters outlined their moral public policy framework.

Issues highlighted on the steps of the capitol: voting rights, immigration, criminal justice, the environment and healthcare.

"Dealing with racism, racism is well and alive today, and we all know that. What are you willing to do to change it? Are you willing to stand together with your brothers and your sisters," said Teresa Haley, president, Illinois NAACP.

Education was another big issue on the list. The faith leaders posed questions to the candidates asking for their vote.

"Public money to pay for private schools, including voucher or tax credit programs drain much needed resources from public education. Do you support quality well-funded public education?" asked Rev. Sarah Richards, Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship.

The group taking their issues to the Governor's Office and then marching around the capitol, but their message was for all candidates.

"To sacrifice for the good of the people, it just has to be wrong. And we stand here today to tell those that are in power, in high places, that it is a moral importance," said Rev. Robert Jones, Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church.

Governor Rauner's spokesperson responding to Monday's rally with the following statement.

“By now the people of Illinois know the truth: we have a do-nothing super-majority in control of the legislature that says no to everything. They’ve said no to a balanced budget, no to term limits, no to fair maps, and no to job-creating reforms. We need more reformers in the legislature who want to fix a broken system to help grow the economy, which will free up resources to help our most vulnerable.”

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