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Catholic Conference of Illinois Executive Director Robert Gilligan today joined with state officials and advocates in applauding a new policy that eliminates the need for advance appointments for undocumented immigrants to apply for Temporary Visitor Driver's Licenses. Starting July 1, all Illinois Secretary of State facilities except for Chicago North and Chicago West will process…


Jan. 25, 2016 show Dr. Robert Sawicki, Senior Vice President of Supportive Care for OSF Health Care headquartered in Peoria, joins Bob to talk about palliative care, a mystery to most people who are not dealing with a chronic or terminal illness but serves as a key issue in the physician-assisted suicide debate. Then,…


As we begin a new calendar year, the old one is still with us. State lawmakers and the governor have yet to craft a budget for the fiscal year that began on July 1, 2015 — six months ago. Court orders and federal consent decrees have kept most of state government functioning, while the safety…


U.S. bishops today expressed disappointment over Congress' lack of action on ensuring federal conscience protections for health care providers. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, who serves as the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a statement in which he lamented lawmakers' failure to include the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (ANDA) in…


President Barack Obama last week signed into law the "Every Student Succeeds Act," which essentially rewrites the No Child Left Behind Act and takes the focus off the overuse of standardized tests to measure student success. Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha, who serves as the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB)…


U.S. bishops are urging Americans to hold firm to the Christian principle of welcoming the stranger in the aftermath of terrorist attacks in Paris and California linked to the Islamic State (ISIS). Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), today urged calm in a growing environment of distrust…


The Catholic Conference of Illinois is a sponsor of the March for Life Chicago, an annual public event composed of people from diverse ethnic, social, and religious backgrounds dedicated to defending & protecting all human life. The March is a rockin’ block party that celebrates the value of human life against the backdrop of the…


The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to hear the Little Sisters of the Poor's challenge to the federal government's accommodation of a mandate requiring insurance coverage of morally-objectionable services. The nation's high court is expected to hear oral arguments in March 2016. As part of the Affordable Care Act, the federal Department of Health and…




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.