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April 18, 2016 show Sr. Rosemary Connelly of Misericordia and Scott Mendel, an attorney and parent of a Misericordia resident, join Bob to talk about state legislation that would create a special state license to oversee the continuum of care for the developmentally disabled. The license would allow for a streamlining of operations at…


Illinois Catholic bishops today sent a letter to Illinois House members to reject House Bill 4013 and its call for public funding of abortions. House Bill 4013 passed the House Human Services Committee on a partisan 8-6 vote in March 2015, but was sent back to the Rules Committee after a short availability for a…


The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops today joined 24 other faith-based organizations in a frend-of-the-court brief to a case before the U.S. Supreme Court brought by states questioning President Barack Obama's 2014 executive action barring deportation of undocumented immigrants. Texas and 25 other states sued the federal government after Obama in November 2014 used what…


Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago serves 1 million people in Cook and Lake counties. Because of the state budget impasse, this social services arm of the Catholic Church is owed $25 million, and is facing potential program closures and staff layoffs. Catholic Charities gives help to senior citizens so they can stay in…


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…


The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that juveniles serving life sentences without parole are eligible for a re-sentencing hearing in light of a 2012 high court ruling that deemed such sentences unconstitutional. The 6-3 decision in Montgomery v. Louisiana extends the court’s thoughts put forth in Miller v. Alabama in 2012 that mandatory juvenile life…




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.