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Are you a Catholic school parent? Do you care about Catholic schools? The Illinois Kids Campaign is for you! The Illinois Kids Campaign is an initiative that seeks to increase funding for both private and public schools, as outlined in this fact sheet. The Catholic Conference of Illinois is working with the education advocacy…


June 15, 2015 show CCI's own Zach Wichmann joins Bob to urge listeners to call or email their state lawmakers to support the Illinois Kids Campaign. This initiative would increase the education expenses tax credit to $1,000 from $500, and would create scholarships for kids to attend Catholic schools. Next, Anita Bedell of the…


This year's Fortnight for Freedom will carry the theme of "Freedom to Bear Witness," as Catholic institutions in the United States still struggle with the federal mandate requiring free insurance coverage of abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraceptives. Additionally, we keep in mind Christians around the world who are being persecuted for their faith in such…


The Catholic Conference of Illinois today issued the following press release on the Illinois bishops' updated "A Catholic Perspective on Gambling in Illinois." The document may be found here in English, here in Spanish, and here in Polish.     Illinois Catholic bishops urge lawmakers to reconsider proposed gambling expansion as revenue…


The Catholic Conference of Illinois released the following statement on the death of Cardinal George. Click here for a PDF version. April 17, 2015 Statement on Cardinal George’s death from the staff of the Catholic Conference of Illinois CHICAGO – The staff of the Catholic Conference of Illinois is greatly saddened by the news…




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.