Archive for August, 2016

26
Aug

The Catholic Conference of Illinois today submitted a letter of support and encouragement to members of the Illinois Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentence Reforms. The commission was created in 2015 shortly after the inauguration of Gov. Bruce Rauner, with the goal of reducing the state's prison population by 25 percent by 2025. Members of the Catholic Conference of Illinois’ Prison & Jail Ministry Committee attended and ...

17
Aug

The general election on November 8 offers Illinois residents the opportunity to vote for candidates for U.S. president, Congress, and the state legislature. The Catholic Church is nonpartisan, and does not endorse candidates nor tell parishioners which candidates they should elect. The Church does offer guidance for discernment as parishioners make their decisions on how to vote with a properly formed conscience. The U.S. Conference of Catholic ...

15
Aug

Aug. 15, 2016 show CCI Executive Director Robert Gilligan is joined by Illinois Catholic Health Association's Patrick Cacchione to address the controversy over Senate Bill 1564, which the governor recently signed into law. The new law, which modifies Illinois’ Health Care Right of Conscience Act, takes effect Jan. 1. CCI and ICHA took a neutral stance on the legislation, after negotiating a less harmful version of the legislation. Next, Sister Ann Scholz, SSND, Associate Director for Social Mission of ...

08
Aug

The Catholic Conference of Illinois today submitted a memorandum to the Illinois State Board of Education on next year’s implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA replaces No Child Left Behind, the federal education law, and there are a number of significant improvements to the manner in which the law treats nonpublic schools. It is essential that ISBE and local school districts recognize and ...

05
Aug

Archbishop Cupich of Chicago today joined state lawmakers and health care advocates in a celebration of the reauthorization of a state program that allows parents of low- to middle-income families to purchase low-cost health insurance for their children. Archbishop Cupich noted the Catholic Church's commitment to health care as a basic human right comes from the teachings of Jesus, who made healing a central part of his ministry. "We care for ...

01
Aug

August's prayer video from Pope Francis focuses on the fraternity of sports and the key role it plays in breaking down walls among cultures. It's a fitting issue for this month, since the Summer Olympic Games are being held in Rio de Janiero.