Archive for June, 2014

30
Jun

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, issued the following statement on the ruling: We are elated the U.S. Supreme Court recognizes and affirms the importance of ...

16
Jun

June 16, 2014 show Are you ready for the third annual Fortnight for Freedom, set to begin this Saturday? Bishop Paprocki of the diocese of Springfield serves on the Religious Freedom Committee of the U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops, and outlines why the fight for religious freedom goes beyond the federal Department of Human Services' mandate for all employers to offer insurance coverage of abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives and sterilizations. Jim Geoly, a Chicago lawyer specializing in religious and not-for-profit ...

13
Jun

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. Legislators approved pension reform for Chicago laborers and municipal workers, but failed to take action on attention-grabbing statewide ...

12
Jun

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 attention to the unfair federal Department of Health and Human Services mandate requring all employers to offer ...

06
Jun

The spring 2014 legislative session ended on May 31, with education funding for the next fiscal year remaining flat. But how did other education initiatives fare? Read our May-June Education Newsletter to find out.