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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 ...

03
Aug

UPDATE: Read our statement on final passage of education funding legislation, which includes the Scholarship Tax Credit. An initiative that would give low- and middle-income students expanded opportunities in the school they attend is in the mix as Illinois lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner battle over the governor's amendatory veto of  an evidence-based school funding formula as embodied in Senate Bill 1. The Scholarship ...

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 ...

06
Jul

Illinois lawmakers today ended a record-setting, two-year budget impasse by overriding Gov. Bruce Rauner’s vetoes of a spending plan and an income tax increase. Today’s action eases some of the tension spawned by a highly acrimonious stalemate between the Republican governor and the Democratic legislature that climaxed in national headlines and the threat of junk bond status for Illinois, as well as the potential loss of accreditation ...

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.

26
Jun

The head of the U.S. bishops' committee on religious liberty today hailed the U.S. Supreme Court's 7-2 decision in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer as a "landmark victory for religious freedom."  The case stems from a simple incident. Trinity Lutheran Child Learning Center in Columbia, Missouri, wanted to replace its pea gravel playground with a rubber surface made from recycled tires. It applied for funding from 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 ...

01
Jun

Pope Francis in June urges us all to pray that our national leaders will commit to ending the arms trade.

16
May

Bishop Paprocki of Springfield tonight celebrated a Red Mass for those working in public service, drawing Gov. Bruce Rauner, House Speaker Michael Madigan, several Illinois Supreme Court justices and state lawmakers. The bishop annually celebrates the Mass honoring legal professionals and public officials at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The tradition is traced back to the 13th century, when the Mass would officially open the term ...

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 ...