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CCI Radio Hour: May 15, 2017

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 President Donald Trump's recent executive order on religious freedom and what it means for Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious organizations. Then, Sam Tuttle of Heartland Alliance joins Bob to talk about House Bill 3142, which would "ban the box" asking about criminal history on state college admission applications. The question discourages many ex-offenders from completing an application. Studies have found that recidivism rates drop dramatically when ex-inmates further their education. Finally, Sue Barrett, executive director of Aid for Women, a pregnancy resource center in the Chicagoland area, talks about the organization's upcoming fundraisers, including a "A Day at the Races" on Sat., June 10 at Arlington International Racecourse and "Swing for Life" golf tournament on Mon., June 19 at Royal Melbourne Country Club in Long Grove.