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Feb

Illinois bishops have written letters to parishioners, asking them to contact their state representatives to urge a "no" vote on House Bill 40. HB 40 allows taxpayer money to be used to pay for elective abortions for Medicaid recipients and state employees. It also allows tax money to go to grants to organizations that refer,…

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Jan

Jan. 23, 2017 show Joe Scheidler, founder of the Pro-Life Action League, joins Bob to talk about his recently-released memoir, "Racketeer for Life," which tells how he evolved from a public relations account executive to one of the leaders of the pro-life movement. Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Perry of Chicago then talks about the…

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Jan

Nothing ever really dies in the Illinois legislature. We repeatedly alerted you to House Bill 4013 during the 99th General Assembly, which ran from January 2015 through Jan. 10, 2017. HB 4013 would have allowed taxpayer money to pay for elective abortions in state workers' heatlh insurance plans and the Medicaid program. The 100th General…

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Dec

The rapid pace of advances in medical care allows us to live longer and more productive lives than those of our ancestors. But these same innovations can leave us struggling for guidance when we are confronted with end-of-life decisions. Just as important, however, is the conversation we all need to have with our families: Who…

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Nov

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, today issued a statement on the results of yesterday's presidential election, which saw Republican nominee Donald Trump winning the electoral college vote. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton won the popular vote.   Coming Together as Faithful Citizens for the Common Good Archbishop…

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Oct

The Catholic Conference of Illinois today congratulates Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago, who serves as the chairman of our board, on his elevation to cardinal by Pope Francis. We are grateful for and look forward to his continued leadership. #### The Catholic Conference of Illinois was created in 1969 to serve as the public policy

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Sep

The Catholic Conference of Illinois on May 25 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. UPDATE: The Senate did concur with the minor House amendment.…

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Aug

The Catholic Conference of Illinois today submitted a memorandum to the Illinois State Board of Education on next year’s implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA replaces No Child Left Behind, the federal education law, and there are a number of significant improvements to the manner in which the law treats nonpublic schools.…

 

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Prison and Jail Ministry

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.