Archive for April, 2016

27
Apr

Catholic Conference of Illinois Executive Director Robert Gilligan today warned lawmakers the social services safety net is being destroyed by the state budget impasse. Gilligan was joined by Stephanie Johnson, director of government relations for Catholic Charities of Chicago, in testifying before members of the Illinois House Human Services Appropriations Committee on the absence of a state budget since the beginning of the fiscal year on July 1, 2015. "The safety ...

27
Apr

Catholic Conference of Illinois Executive Director Robert Gilligan testified today before the Illinois House Human Services Appropriations Committee on the impact the state budget impasse is having on Catholic Charities agencies and the people it serves throughout the state. The state has been without a budget since July 1, 2015. Stephanie Johnson, director of government relations for Catholic Charities of Chicago, also testified. On the date of the hearing, Catholic Charities of Chicago was owed $18 million by the state, ...

27
Apr

Auxiliary Bishop Alberto Rojas of the Archdiocese of Chicago today urged rally attendees at a Chicago church to push state lawmakers to extend the deadline of a children's health insurance program. The Covering All Kids Health Insurance Act — commonly known as All Kids — was approved by lawmakers in 2006, with a sunset date of July 1, 2016. The program provides health insurance to approximately 41,000 children of low- ...

18
Apr

April 18, 2016 show Sr. Rosemary Connelly of Misericordia and Scott Mendel, an attorney and parent of a Misericordia resident, join Bob to talk about state legislation that would create a special state license to oversee the continuum of care for the developmentally disabled. The license would allow for a streamlining of operations at Misericordia, which offers a variety of living situations for the developmentally disabled. Next, state Rep. Patti Bellock, R-Westmont, talks about the extension of the All ...

12
Apr

Illinois Catholic bishops today sent a letter to Illinois House members to reject House Bill 4013 and its call for public funding of abortions. House Bill 4013 passed the House Human Services Committee on a partisan 8-6 vote in March 2015, but was sent back to the Rules Committee after a short availability for a vote on the House floor. However, the legislation popped out of Rules ...

12
Apr

Catholic Conference of Illinois Executive Director Robert Gilligan today spoke at a statehouse press conference, urging support for legislation that extends the deadline of a state health insurance program for children set to expire July 1. The Covering All Kids Health Insurance Act -- commonly known as All Kids -- was approved by lawmakers in 2006, with a sunset date of July 1, 2016. The program provides health ...

01
Apr

April's prayer video recognizes the work of small farmers around the world, and asks for prayers that they be justly compensated for their labors.