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21
Nov

Illinois lawmakers in August approved and the governor signed into law a revolutionary education funding formula that also includes a new Tax Credit Scholarship program giving low-income and working-class students the opportunity to attend a Catholic or other private school. A statewide scholarship-granting organization called Empower Illinois has been formed, and will be ready to take scholarship applications from students by Jan. 1 for the 2018-2019 school ...

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, ...

01
Nov

Illinois bishops today called for Congress to quickly enact immigration reform in order to resolve the plight of young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. "As Pope Francis has said, it is time to stop treating our immigrants as 'pawns on the chessboard of humanity,'" the bishops wrote in a statement. "It is urgent that you put an end to 'deferred action' and provide a permanent solution."  U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in September announced on behalf of President Donald Trump that the Deferred Action ...

06
Oct

Today’s decision to expand the HHS mandate exemption is a “return to common sense, long-standing federal practice, and peaceful coexistence between church and state,” according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the USCCB, and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Chairman of the USCCB’s Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, are hailing the ...

28
Sep

Gov. Bruce Rauner today announced that he would sign House Bill 40, which authorizes the use of taxpayer monies to pay for elective abortions for Medicaid participants and state employees. He had earlier pledged to veto the bill. The Catholic Conference of Illinois today released the following statement. Click here for a PDF. We are deeply disturbed that Governor Rauner has broken his word and firm public promise to veto HB 40.  Governor Rauner, together with the legislators who voted for ...

25
Sep

Gov. Bruce Rauner is re-thinking his earlier pledge to veto House Bill 40, which authorizes the use of taxpayer money to pay for elective abortions for Medicaid participants and state employees. The legislation passed both the Illinois House and Senate this spring, but Rauner promised to veto the bill when it reached his desk. The Senate kept the legislation in that ...

05
Sep

Catholic bishops across the country and Illinois today sharply criticized the decision by President Donald Trump to end a program that allows young undocumented immigrants to stay in the country without fear of deportation. A statement from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) swiftly followed the announcement by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) would end in six ...

31
Aug

Illinois lawmakers this week approved and Gov. Bruce Rauner today signed into law Senate Bill 1947, which modernizes the state's education funding formula and introduces a five-year Scholarship Tax Credit. This new program offers access to a quality education for low-income and working-class students across the state at Catholic and other private schools. The Catholic Conference has put together a fact sheet on the new ...

29
Aug

The Illinois Senate today passed Senate Bill 1947, following up on the House's approval yesterday of the landmark legislation that overhauls the state's education funding formula and introduces a five-year Scholarship Tax Credit program. The governor is expected to sign the legislation. Here is the House roll call, and the Senate roll call. A fact sheet on the basics of the Scholarship Tax Credit can be found here. A detailed analysis ...

01
Jul

Pope Francis in July calls for prayers for those who have lost their way from their faith that they may rediscover the beauty of the Christian life.