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05
Feb

The spring session of the Illinois legislature is only a few days old, and an effort to undo the new Tax Credit Scholarship program is already under way. Senate Bill 2236 attacks the new program that allows low-income and working-class children to receive scholarships to attend a school of their choice by tying the program to the unpredictable budget process every year. Sponsored by state ...

15
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 ...

20
Dec

Both parents and donors can take part in the new state tax credit approved by lawmakers this summer and set to begin on Jan. 2. Senate Bill 1947 streamlined the state's education funding formula and created a new tax credit that allows individuals and corporations to donate to scholarship-granting organizations (SGO) and receive a 75 percent credit on their state income taxes in return. These ...

01
Dec

Pope Francis in December encourages prayers for the elderly, for they have wisdom that is valuable to all.

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 ...

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 ...