Archive for October, 2013

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Oct

School visits from the Illinois State Board of Education are needed in order to garner state recognition this year. The Catholic Conference of Illinois worked with the Board to focus on the backlog of state visits -- those schools that have not been visited since 2007 -- and reduce the amount of paperwork under relaxed deadlines. The result: Only 340 schools will be required to undergo a state visit this ...

23
Oct

 More than 2,500 Illinois residents descended upon the state Capitol on Wed., Oct. 23 for a "Defend Marriage Lobby Day." Efforts to change the state's legal definition of marriage from "between a man and a woman" to "between two persons" dominated the legislative session last year. Senate Bill 10 passed the Senate in February, but was not called for a vote in the House by the May 31 deadline because ...

21
Oct

Oct. 21, 2013 show Brian Burch of CatholicVote.org joins Bob to talk about the organization's new initiative, CatholicVote365. Next up, Daniel Blomberg of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty discusses the firm's various cases against the HHS mandate. To close out the show, Kathy Valenti of the Illinois Family Institute reminds listeners of this week's "Defend Marriage Lobby Day," which gives participants the opportunity to urge their state representative to vote "no" on Senate Bill 10.

01
Oct

 The school year is back in full swing, and so is the CCI Education Newsletter. Check out the October 2013 issue to catch up on education-related legislation passed last year requiring insurance for high school student athletes, tweaking school safety drills, and updating required immunizations for students. Learn about EdChoice Illinois, which is leading a new statewide coalition working to advance school choice. And check out the Catholic ...