CCI Radio Hour

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Jan

Jan. 15, 2018 show Host Bob Gilligan looks ahead to the upcoming spring legislative session by tapping the insights of Illinois political writer John O'Connor of the Associated Press. Next, Lucas Swanepoel, vice president of social policy at Catholic Charities USA, gives an update on the funding status of CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) as the federal government faces a possible shutdown. Then, Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., president and founder of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith, talks ...

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Dec

Dec. 18, 2017 show Nate Kellum, chief counsel for the Memphis-based Center for Religious Expression, joins Bob to talk about the amicus brief filed on behalf of 479 creative professionals in support of the Colorado cake baker at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court case that was argued a couple of weeks ago,  Masterpiece Cake v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Next, Ramona Trevino, keynote speaker for the March for Life Chicago set for Jan. 14, talks about her ...

20
Nov

Nov. 20, 2017 show Mary Massingale, CCI's director of communications, fills in for the vacationing Bob Gilligan. Dan Lesser from the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law joins the show to talk about the Congressional tax reform bill passed by House Republicans last week. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has come out against the measure, called it "deeply flawed" since it will raise taxes on the working poor while giving large tax cuts to the wealthy. Next, ...

16
Oct

Oct. 16, 2017 show Jak Tichenor, interim director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, joins Bob to talk about the political fallout from Gov. Bruce Rauner's decision to sign into law legislation that authorizes taxpayer-funded abortions after pledging to veto it. Next, Tony Cube with the USCCB’s Justice for Immigrants talks about the latest developments on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Then, Joyce Duriga, editor of the Chicago Catholic, ...

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Aug

Aug. 28, 2017 show Mary Massingale, CCI's director of communications, fills in as host since Bob Gilligan was in Springfield lobbying for the Scholarship Tax Credit. Sarah Brune, executive director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, joins Mary to talk about the especially large number of state legislator retirements being announced ahead of the 2018 legislative campaign season. Next, Greg Dolan, associate director for public policy for Catholic education for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, discusses the ...

17
Jul

July 17, 2017 show After two years of gridlock, Illinois finally has a fully-funded budget -- and an income tax increase. Jack Tichenor, interim director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University and longtime statehouse journalist, joins Bob to recap the budget and income tax increase put into place earlier this month when the Illinois legislature overrode the governor's vetoes of both initiatives. Left in the lurch, however, is funding for K-12 education, since the ...

19
Jun

June 19, 2017 show Dr. Brian Callister, an internal medicine specialist located in Reno, Nevada, joins Bob to tell the story of how an insurance company told him it would pay for assisted suicide rather than an expensive medical treatment for two of his patients. He recounts this story in a short video produced by the Patients' Rights Action Fund. Then, Msgr. Pat Pollard, director of Catholic Cemeteries for the Archdiocese of Chicago, talks about this unique ...

15
May

May 15, 2017 show State Sen. Tim Bivins, R-Dixon, joins Bob to talk about last week's Senate passage of House Bill 40, which allows taxpayer money to pay for elective abortions for Medicaid participants and state employees. Gov. Bruce Rauner has promised to veto the legislation, but Senate leadership is using a procedural move to keep HB 40 in the chamber. Next, Hillary Byrnes, Assistant General Counsel of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, joins the program to talk about ...

17
Apr

April 17, 2017 show Greg Dolan, associate director for public policy for Catholic education for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, joins Bob to talk about what the Donald Trump administration means for Catholic education. The first school Trump visited as president last month was St. Andrew Catholic School located just outside of Orlando, Florida. Next, Fr. Tom Walsh, pastor of St. Martin de Porres parish located in Chicago's Austin neighborhood, talks about what Cardinal Cupich's new anti-violence initiative ...

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Mar

March 20, 2017 show Sr. Carol Keehan, president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association (CHA), joins Bob to talk about the American Health Care Act, which is the U.S. House GOP's answer to the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. CHA opposes the AHCA, pointing out the Congressional Budget Office notes the proposed legislation would increase the number of uninsured by 24 million by 2026, resulting in a total uninsured population of 52 million in 2026. Next, state Rep. ...