By TONIA HILL
Hyde Park seniors of the Jane Addams Senior Caucus are preparing for a march from Chicago to Springfield. On Monday, May 15, the group will host a kick-off event at the Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., and will be joined with other organizations such as The People’s Lobby to tell state lawmakers to pass a budget that invests in the people and the planet.
Dr. Alfred David Klinger, Hyde Park resident and member of the Jane Addams Caucus, will be marching to Springfield.
“When I was young, rich people and corporations paid their fair share of taxes, and our government used that money to invest in people,”Klinger said in a written statement. “The G.I. Bill of Rights paid for me to attend medical school, and in return, I served my community for 45 years. My family was poor, and without the G.I. Bill there is no way I would have become a physician.”
Klinger believes that a People and Planet Budget First Budget will help young people to “live in hope and have the same opportunities that he had as young man”after he served during World War III.
“Springfield’s priorities are highly questionable,”Klinger said. “They would rather cut meals on wheels, taking food away from shut-in senior citizens, than make their big money donors pay their fair share.”
Klinger said he expects 20 people to join the cause and march to Springfield. The group has a target date, Monday, May 29, to reach Springfield. Participants will walk along Route 66. The following day, the group will hold a rally at the statehouse.
The kick-off event on Wednesday will begin with breakfast at 10 a.m. at Jane Addams, 1111 N. Wells St., followed by the rally at the Thompson Center, which will feature speeches, music, and chanting to encourage marchers on their upcoming journey.
Marchers will leave for Springfield after the rally.
There will be transportation available. A bus will be leaving from the Windermere House, 1642 E. 56th St., at 9 a.m., on Wednesday.
For more information call 312-787-2382.