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Our First Amendment rights guaranteeing freedom of religion are under assault. Find out what we’re doing to protect this right, and how you can help.

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An initiative that would give low- and middle-income students expanded opportunities in the school they attend is in the mix as Illinois lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner battle over the governor's amendatory veto of  an evidence-based school funding formula as embodied in Senate Bill 1. The Scholarship Tax Credit is a proposal that seeks…


July 17, 2017 show After two years of gridlock, Illinois finally has a fully-funded budget — and an income tax increase. Jack Tichenor, interim director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University and longtime statehouse journalist, joins Bob to recap the budget and income tax increase put into place earlier…


Illinois lawmakers today ended a record-setting, two-year budget impasse by overriding Gov. Bruce Rauner’s vetoes of a spending plan and an income tax increase. Today’s action eases some of the tension spawned by a highly acrimonious stalemate between the Republican governor and the Democratic legislature that climaxed in national headlines and the threat of junk…


The head of the U.S. bishops' committee on religious liberty today hailed the U.S. Supreme Court's 7-2 decision in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer as a "landmark victory for religious freedom."  The case stems from a simple incident. Trinity Lutheran Child Learning Center in Columbia, Missouri, wanted to replace its pea gravel…


Bishop Paprocki of Springfield tonight celebrated a Red Mass for those working in public service, drawing Gov. Bruce Rauner, House Speaker Michael Madigan, several Illinois Supreme Court justices and state lawmakers. The bishop annually celebrates the Mass honoring legal professionals and public officials at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The tradition is traced back…


The Illinois Senate today approved House Bill 40 on a vote of 33-22. You can view the vote count here. This legislation allows public money to be used to pay for elective abortions for Medicaid participants and state employees. CCI issued the following statement after final passage of HB 40.   Statement on Illinois


The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops today appeared cautiously encouraged by President Donald Trump's executive order on religious freedom, issuing a statement saying the order "begins the process of alleviating the serious burden of the HHS mandate." Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said he and his brother bishops across the country "will…


The head of the public policy arm of the state’s Catholic bishops today lamented Illinois House passage of legislation authorizing the use of taxpayer money to pay for elective abortions for Medicaid recipients and state employees. Robert Gilligan, executive director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois, criticized lawmakers for turning a moral argument into campaign…


Cardinal Cupich of Chicago today issued a public thanks to Gov. Bruce Rauner for his promise to veto House Bill 40 if it reaches his desk. The controversial legislation would allow taxpayer money to be used to pay for elective abortions for Medicaid recipients and state employees — a provision that is currently prohibited by…




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.