CHICAGO (CBS) – Those who survived the crime in Chicago and families who lost loved ones are in Springfield and are demanding that the state legislature approve more money for injury recovery centers for those affected by the crime.
One of the people pushing is Bertha Purnell. Her son Morris was killed in 2017 less than a mile from her home in the Austin area.
“If you get shot, you can get treatment. But if you get these injuries, we don’t have places like that,” Pernell said. “That’s why we’re in favor of more recovery centers here in Illinois. If that happens, we need time to heal. We can’t go back to work and work in 72 hours.”
The group is asking the Illinois General Assembly to take action before the end of the April 8 legislative session. They want government funding to be moved to therapeutic centers after tragedy and trauma.