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May

The Catholic Conference of Illinois today released a statement on Senate Bill 1564, which just passed the Illinois House after previously passing the Senate. It now returns to the Senate for concurrence on a minor House amendment. The Senate is expected to concur. The statement follows, or can be viewed as a PDF.…

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May

May 16, 2016 show Cynthia Canary, executive director of the Independent Map Coalition, talks to Bob about the organization's effort to put on the November ballot an amendment calling for an independent commission to draw the state's legislative districts. Currently, lawmakers draw the lines, and whatever party is in power gets the honor. The…

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May

The U.S. Supreme Court today unanimously sent the Little Sisters of the Poor's challenge to the federal mandate requiring insurance coverage of morally-objectionable services back to the federal appeals court, telling the nuns and the government to work out a compromise. The case hinged on the nun's contention that the mandate violated the federal Religious…

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Apr

Catholic Conference of Illinois Executive Director Robert Gilligan today warned lawmakers the social services safety net is being destroyed by the state budget impasse. Gilligan was joined by Stephanie Johnson, director of government relations for Catholic Charities of Chicago, in testifying before members of the Illinois House Human Services Appropriations Committee on the absence of…

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Apr

Auxiliary Bishop Alberto Rojas of the Archdiocese of Chicago today urged rally attendees at a Chicago church to push state lawmakers to extend the deadline of a children's health insurance program. The Covering All Kids Health Insurance Act — commonly known as All Kids — was approved by lawmakers in 2006, with a sunset date…

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Apr

Illinois Catholic bishops today sent a letter to Illinois House members to reject House Bill 4013 and its call for public funding of abortions. House Bill 4013 passed the House Human Services Committee on a partisan 8-6 vote in March 2015, but was sent back to the Rules Committee after a short availability for a…

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Apr

Catholic Conference of Illinois Executive Director Robert Gilligan today spoke at a statehouse press conference, urging support for legislation that extends the deadline of a state health insurance program for children set to expire July 1. The Covering All Kids Health Insurance Act — commonly known as All Kids — was approved by lawmakers in…

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Mar

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops today joined 24 other faith-based organizations in a frend-of-the-court brief to a case before the U.S. Supreme Court brought by states questioning President Barack Obama's 2014 executive action barring deportation of undocumented immigrants. Texas and 25 other states sued the federal government after Obama in November 2014 used what…

 

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CCI coordinates a statewide effort of prison and jail ministry offered through the dioceses. Lay Catholics receive training to offer hope to inmates through the salvation of the Gospel.