Archive for March, 2015

16
Mar

March 16, 2015 show Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville talks about the pastoral letter he issued in January, "The Racial Divide in the United States." Fr. William Grogan, the Archdiocese's vicar for health care, and Patrick Cacchione of the Illinois Catholic Health Association, discuss Illinois Senate Bill 1564, which essentially guts the Illinois Healthcare Right of Conscience Act. Illinois State Rep. Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) joins Bob to talk about the House Violence Prevention Task Force and also House ...

06
Mar

The Illinois Healthcare Right of Conscience Act allows medical personnel and health care facilites to avoid participating in medical procedures -- such as abortion, sterilization, and certain end-of-life care -- that violate their beliefs and values. Senate Bill 1564 essentially obliterates this important conscience protection. The complex legislation states that when conscience rights are invoked, patients must receive written information that includes ...

05
Mar

State lawmakers have introduced more than 6,200 bills for this session, and these two are on our pro-life radar screen. The Good: CCI is again supporting the Ultrasound Opportunity Act in the form of House Bill 2701, which simply calls for women who are more than eight weeks pregnant and are seeking an abortion to be offered the opportunity to receive and view an ...

02
Mar

Recent news has focused on the $300 million shortfall in the Child Care Assistance Program, a state-federal program that allows for subsidies to be paid to daycare providers so that low-income parents can work or attend school. Did you know that some of our Catholic schools receive money from this program? Read more in our March 2015 Education Newsletter.  

02
Mar

This school choice initiative allows corporations and individuals to receive a dollar-for-dollar state income tax credit for donations to organizations that offer scholarships to low- and middle-income children to attend private schools. The Qaulity Schools Tax Act also would increase the state's Education Expense Tax Credit from $500 to $750. (Parents and guardians of public and private K-12 school children are currently allowed a credit of 25 ...