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Search on for new director of Illinois DCFS agency

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Associated Press

An official in Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's administration says a national search is underway to find the next head of the Department of Children and Family Services.

Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson says the search was launched after Arthur Bishop submitted a resignation letter after a month on the job.

Bishop became embroiled in controversy after the Chicago Sun-Times and WBEZ radio revealed he faced a felony theft charge in 1995. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, which he says was to end the strain on his family.

In his resignation letter, Bishop said the controversy could serve as a distraction for Quinn, who is in the midst of a re-election fight.

Attorney and social worker Bobbie M. Gregg has been named acting director of DCFS.

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