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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 ...

28
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.