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July 21, 2014 show CCI Executive Director Bob Gilligan talks to Pastor Cory Brooks of New Beginnings Church in Chicago, who is seeking to end the gun violence in Chicago through his Project H.O.O.D. program (Helping Others Obtain Destiny) by calling for 5,000 men and women to volunteer to patrol 500 corners in Chicago. Bob…


CHICAGO  –  The U.S. Supreme Court today issued a 5-4 ruling in favor of the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties lawsuits against the mandate handed down by the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requiring all employers to offer insurance coverage of abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives, and sterilizations. Robert Gilligan, executive director of


The Catholic Conference of Illinois scored legislative victories regarding education, social services, social justice, and family issues during a spring session overshadowed by the specter of the upcoming Nov. 4 election. State lawmakers limped to their scheduled May 31 adjournment, steering clear of any significant legislation in the face of impending statewide and legislative elections.…


The third annual Fortnight for Freedom will focus on the Church's "freedom to serve" by highlighting the link between religious liberty and service to the poor and vulnerable during the two-week event from June 21-July 4. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops created the original Fortnight for Freedom during the summer of 2012 to draw…


The Catholic Conference of Illinois today issued the following statement on an advisory referenedum on mandated birth control. The statement can also be viewed here as a PDF.   STATEMENT ON HOUSE BILL 5755: Advisory Referendum on Mandated Birth Control On May 28, three days before the end of the Illinois General Assembly’s scheduled…


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…




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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.