WBEZ | Pastors United for Change http://www.wbez.org/tags/pastors-united-change Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Pastors protest Illinois cut to burials for poor http://www.wbez.org/story/pastors-protest-illinois-cut-burials-poor-88749 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-05/AP11021718140.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A group of Chicago pastors is protesting cuts to a $15 million state program that pays for funerals and burials for the poor.&nbsp;</p><p>Pastors United for Change says the program pays funeral homes and cemeteries when families on public aid can't afford the cost.&nbsp;</p><p>The Rev. Roosevelt Watkins of Bethlehem Star Church says Gov. Pat Quinn should use discretionary money to help fund the program.&nbsp;</p><p>The Rev. Ira Acree of Greater St. John Bible Church predicts "a national embarrassment" if bodies pile up "in President Barack Obama's home state."</p><p>Cook County pays for the mass burial of unclaimed bodies. But the pastors say the county doesn't pay for funerals and can't afford to pay for any more burials.</p></p> Tue, 05 Jul 2011 18:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/pastors-protest-illinois-cut-burials-poor-88749