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The Illinois Supreme Court today ruled that Adolfo Davis, who was sentenced to mandatory life without parole for crimes he commited as a juvenile, should receive a new sentencing hearing. The decision comes on the heels of the 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Miller v. Alabama that such mandatory sentences "violate . . . the Eighth…


March 17, 2014 show Illinois primary election is tomorrow, so Bob talks about the GOP race for governor and the hotly contested legislative races in the Chicagoland area with Dr. Chris Mooney, director of the University of Illinois' Institute of Government and Public Affairs. The final two segments of the show are devoted to a…


Ever wonder how Pope Francis comes up with such great comments? He's got a great source — the Social Teaching of the Church. The Catholic Conference of Illinois is offering a 91-day program of daily, emailed readings of the Social Teaching of the Church. Now is your chance to learn about what the Church teaches…


Cardinal George of the Archdiocese of Chicago today joined with other faith leaders in the Chicagoland area to call on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. The U.S. Senate in late June passed sweeping legislation leading to eventual citizenship for undocumented immigrants, but the House has yet to consider the bill, and has indicated it…


The Catholic Conference of Illinois this week joined other faith-based organizations in an amicus brief in a case before the Illinois Supreme Court calling for retroactive review of mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles. The case comes on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Miller v. Alabama decision handed down in June 2012,…


The superintendents of Catholic schools in the six dioceses of the state today issued a statement regarding Common Core State Standards in an effort to clarify that the standards are a set of educational goals students should seek to attain – they are not a curriculum. Forty-five states, including Illinois, have adopted the voluntary Common…




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.