Gov. Pat Quinn’s new director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services pleaded guilty to stealing from clients of a West Side social service agency and later became embroiled in a child-support battle over a daughter he said he never knew he’d fathered, records show.
Arthur D. Bishop, 61, had a felony theft charge pending against him when he was hired as a DCFS caseworker in 1995. He’d been accused of bilking patients of the Bobby E. Wright Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center out of more than $9,000, fighting the case for more than two years before pleading guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor theft.
Court records also show Yolanda O'Connor filed a paternity case against Bishop in 2003, when he was a DCFS deputy director. DNA tests showed he was the father of Erica Bishop, then 17. O’Connor secured a $4,175 judgment and health insurance coverage for Erica until she turned 18, records show.
Quinn administration aides say the governor stands by his decision to make Bishop the state’s top child-welfare official.