Press Release

29
May

The Catholic Conference of Illinois today issued the following statement on an advisory referenedum on mandated birth control. The statement can also be viewed here as a PDF.   STATEMENT ON HOUSE BILL 5755: Advisory Referendum on Mandated Birth Control On May 28, three days before the end of the Illinois General Assembly’s scheduled adjournment, a new advisory referendum was proposed for the November 2014 ballot.  A Senate committee on the same day approved the referendum, the ...

20
Mar

The Illinois Supreme Court today ruled that Adolfo Davis, who was sentenced to mandatory life without parole for crimes he commited as a juvenile, should receive a new sentencing hearing. The decision comes on the heels of the 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Miller v. Alabama that such mandatory sentences "violate . . . the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment." The Catholic Conference of Illinois in August joined other faith-based organizations in an amicus brief to the ...

05
Nov

The Illinois House today passed Senate Bill 10 on a 61-54 vote, with two voting "present." The Senate approved the legislation on Feb. 14, 2013. Gov. Pat Quinn has said he will sign the legislation into law. (View the House roll call here.) SB 10 changes the state's definition of marriage from "between a man and a woman" to "between two persons" and offers scant religious freedom protections to churches, religious employers and organizations, businesses and individuals. Following is ...

11
Jul

The Catholic Conference of Illinois today issued the following press release regarding the Illinois Supreme Court ruling allowing the implementation of the 1995 Parental Notice of Abortion Act. This map by CCI shows how Illinois stood out before today's ruling. The blue states are those with parental notification/consent laws. The red states are those with no laws. Illinois is in green to show how it stood out as an abortion haven. When the law is implemented within the next ...

26
Jun

The Catholic Conference of Illinois today released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling invalidating the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The Act barred the federal government from recognizing same-sex unions as marriage. The statement can also be viewed here as a pdf. STATEMENT FROM THE CATHOLIC CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS ON U.S. SUPREME COURT RULING ON DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT CHICAGO -- The Catholic Conference of Illinois regrets the U.S. Supreme Court’s wrong decision to ...

01
Jun

The Catholic Conference of Illinois tonight issued a statement after the Illinois House adjourned its spring session without considering redefinition of marriage legislation. Senate Bill 10 calls for the state to change its legal definition of marriage from "between a man and a woman" to "between two persons." The legislation passed the Illinois Senate on Feb. 14, 2013, and was the subject of a contentious battle in the House. State Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, sponsor of SB 10, announced tonight ...

14
Feb

The Catholic Conference of Illinois today decried Illinois Senate approval of redefinition of marriage legislation, saying lawmakers are blatantly ignoring the institution’s key role in the foundation of society. The Senate passed Senate Bill 10 on a 34-21 vote, with two voting "present." (See the roll call vote here.) The measure changes the current definition of marriage set in state law from “between a man and a woman” to “between 2 persons.” Robert Gilligan, executive director of the Catholic Conference ...

08
Jan

The Illinois House today passed Senate Bill 957, paving the way for undocumented immigrants to apply for Temporary Visitor Driver's Licenses. House lawmakers approved the measure on a 65-46 vote. (Read the roll call here.) The Senate previously passed the legislation, which will now go to Gov. Pat Quinn for consideration. Quinn, however, has said he will sign the bill into law. The Catholic Conference of Illinois praised final passage of SB 957. CCI Executive Director Robert Gilligan ...

02
Jan

Pastoral leaders representing more than 1,700 faith communities in Illinois – parishes, congregations, churches and Friday prayer locations and Masjids – have signed a letter sent to Illinois lawmakers, urging them to safeguard both marriage and religious freedom by rejecting any legislative efforts to redefine marriage The faith leaders note that traditional marriage “is the natural order embracing the complementary physical, emotional and spiritual design of men and women.” They also warn that simply not being forced to preside over same-sex marriages ...

04
Dec

The Illinois Senate today approved expanding Temporary Visitor Driver's Licenses to undocumented immigrants. Catholic Conference of Illinois Executive Director Robert Gilligan applauded the Senate's actions, noting that many families are separated when unlicensed, immigrant drivers are stopped for a minor traffic violation, and then deported because of their status. “Too many of our immigrant families have been torn apart by the simple act of driving,” Gilligan said in a press release. “What hurts one family hurts our entire community, for ...