Archive for February, 2013

28
Feb

U.S. bishops are urging parishioners nationwide to send an electronic postcard to their Congressional delegation, calling for passage of immigration reform. The Justice for Immigrants campaign is calling for just and comprehensive immigration reform that does the following: Provides a path to citizenship for undocumented persons in the country; Preserves family unity as a cornerstone of our national immigration system; Provides legal paths for low-skilled immigrant workers to come and ...

28
Feb

Four school choice bills have been introduced in the new legislative session -- two in the House and two in the Senate. Although CCI supports all of these measures, each has its own strengths and weaknesses. Learn more about these initiatives, as well as other state education news, in our February 2013 Education Newsletter.

27
Feb

The Chicago Tribune today published an op-ed by the Catholic Conference of Illinois opposing redefinition of marriage legislation currently before the Illinois legislature. Here's a PDF of how the piece played in the paper, and the content can be read below:   Don't alter the definition of marriage By Robert Gilligan February 27, 2013 Redefinition of marriage legislation making its way through the Illinois Legislature is not simply about fairness, as proponents claim. This legislation ...

25
Feb

 Feb. 25, 2013 show It's another Marriage Monday, as the Illinois House Executive Committee is expected to take up and approve redefinition of marriage legislation tomorrow. Bob talks first to the Rev. Eugene Rivers of Boston, who rose to national prominence several years ago because of his work against gang activity. Now he's working against redefinition of marriage efforts. Next, newly elected state Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, talks about the upcoming vote in the House on Senate Bill 10, ...

20
Feb

More than 3,500 Illinois residents today traveled to Springfield to lobby their House lawmakers to vote "no" on Senate Bill 10, which changes the state's legal definition of marriage from "between a man and a woman" to "between 2 persons." The legislation previously passed the Senate.

14
Feb

The Catholic Conference of Illinois today decried Illinois Senate approval of redefinition of marriage legislation, saying lawmakers are blatantly ignoring the institution’s key role in the foundation of society. The Senate passed Senate Bill 10 on a 34-21 vote, with two voting "present." (See the roll call vote here.) The measure changes the current definition of marriage set in state law from “between a man and a woman” to “between 2 persons.” Robert Gilligan, executive director of the Catholic Conference ...

08
Feb

A federal judge today dismissed a lawsuit filed against the HHS mandate brought by the dioceses of Springfield and Joliet and their respective Catholic Charities, as well as Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Judge John W. Darrah dismissed the suit on the plaintiff's lack of standing and the case's lack of ripeness. The dioceses on May 21 joined dozens of other plaintiffs across the nation in suing ...

07
Feb

U.S. bishops today responded to changes proposed last week to the federal Health and Human Services mandate, saying the "accommodation" falls short of solving religious freedom concerns but stressed they look forward to working with the federal government on a solution. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a press release containing a statement by President Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York that outlined three areas of concern to ...

01
Feb

The federal government today announced changes to the Health and Human Services mandate requiring religious organizations to offer insurance coverage of morally objectionable services that appear to recognize religious freedom concerns. However, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a statement in a press release, noting the nearly 80 pages of proposed regulations needed further study. “Today, the Administration issued proposed regulations regarding the HHS mandate," said Cardinal Timothy Dolan ...