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DCFS chief resigns after Sun-Times stories on his past

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

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, the Sun-Times is reporting.

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.

"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," Bishop said.

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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