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A new Illinois law will increase accountability and transparency in the use of public funds while also reducing any administrative burden on state agencies and grant recipients.  The Grant Accountability and Transparency Act, or GATA for short, sets up a free process that hopefully will not be too complicated. The Catholic Conference of Illinois is…


July 18, 2016 show Members of St. Martin de Porres parish in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago regularly go out into the streets after Mass, holding signs of "Honk for Jesus," and "Prayer Changes Things." Pastor Tom Walsh tells Bob about the programs offered by the parish to residents as an alternative to the sometimes…


The U.S. Supreme Court today struck down a Texas abortion law in a 5-3 ruling, leading a U.S. bishops’ spokeswoman to mourn the loss of a “common-sense law protecting women from abortion facilities that put profits above patient safety.” The high court ruled in Whole Women’s Health Clinic v. Hellerstedt that two provisions of a…


A tied U.S. Supreme Court today blocked President Barack Obama’s 2014 attempt to bar deportation of about 4 million undocumented immigrants residing in the United States. The nine-word decision in United States v. Texas upholds the injunction placed on the program in February 2015 by a federal judge in Brownsville, Texas. That state and 25…


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. UPDATE: The Senate did concur with the minor House amendment. The…


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…


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…




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.