CCI Radio Hour

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 ...

17
Apr

April 17, 2017 show Greg Dolan, associate director for public policy for Catholic education for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, joins Bob to talk about what the Donald Trump administration means for Catholic education. The first school Trump visited as president last month was St. Andrew Catholic School located just outside of Orlando, Florida. Next, Fr. Tom Walsh, pastor of St. Martin de Porres parish located in Chicago's Austin neighborhood, talks about what Cardinal Cupich's new anti-violence initiative ...

20
Mar

March 20, 2017 show Sr. Carol Keehan, president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association (CHA), joins Bob to talk about the American Health Care Act, which is the U.S. House GOP's answer to the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. CHA opposes the AHCA, pointing out the Congressional Budget Office notes the proposed legislation would increase the number of uninsured by 24 million by 2026, resulting in a total uninsured population of 52 million in 2026. Next, state Rep. ...

27
Feb

Feb. 27, 2017 show Cardinal Blase Cupich joins Bob for the first half-hour of the show to talk about the need to defeat Illinois House Bill 40, which allows your taxpayer money to pay for elective abortions for women in the Medicaid program and the state's employee health insurance plans. Cardinal Cupich also discusses the important role immigrants play in our society, in light of President Donald Trump's recent executive orders on immigration enforcement. Then, state Rep. ...

23
Jan

Jan. 23, 2017 show Joe Scheidler, founder of the Pro-Life Action League, joins Bob to talk about his recently-released memoir, "Racketeer for Life," which tells how he evolved from a public relations account executive to one of the leaders of the pro-life movement. Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Perry of Chicago then talks about the latest step in the canonization process of Father Augustus Tolton, the first African-American priest in the United States. Bishop Perry in December traveled to Quincy as ...

19
Dec

Dec. 19, 2016 show Bill O'Keefe, vice president of government relations & advocacy for Catholic Relief Services, joins Bob to talk about the organization's efforts to help the residents of Aleppo, the war-ravaged city in Syria. State Rep. Tom Morrison, R-Palatine, shares the next segment with Illinois Citizens for Life lobbyist Ralph Rivera about the potential for culture wars returning to the Illinois legislature as a pushback response to any success at the federal level of restricting abortion. Mary ...

21
Nov

Nov. 21, 2016 show Joyce  Duriga, editor of the Archdiocese of Chicago's Catholic New World, talks to Bob from Rome about Saturday's ceremony that elevated Archbishop Cupich to cardinal. Bob then talks about the outcomes of the recent state, federal and presidential elections. Switching up gears, Fr. Burke Masters, vocations director for the Joliet diocese, talks about his side job as the chaplain to the 2016 World Series Champions Chicago Cubs. Finally, Jennifer Nelson, head of the Life & ...

17
Oct

Oct. 17, 2016 show Dr. Jonathan Reyes, executive director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, joins Bob to talk about Faithful Citizenship in light of this very challenging presidential election. Scott Kennedy, creator of the Illinois Election Data website, talks about the huge amount of money being spent in Illinois legislative and statewide races for the upcoming Nov. 8 election. State Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, talks about Senate Bill ...

15
Aug

Aug. 15, 2016 show CCI Executive Director Robert Gilligan is joined by Illinois Catholic Health Association's Patrick Cacchione to address the controversy over Senate Bill 1564, which the governor recently signed into law. The new law, which modifies Illinois’ Health Care Right of Conscience Act, takes effect Jan. 1. CCI and ICHA took a neutral stance on the legislation, after negotiating a less harmful version of the legislation. Next, Sister Ann Scholz, SSND, Associate Director for Social Mission of ...

18
Jul

July 18, 2016 show Members of St. Martin de Porres parish in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago regularly go out into the streets after Mass, holding signs of "Honk for Jesus," and "Prayer Changes Things." Pastor Tom Walsh tells Bob about the programs offered by the parish to residents as an alternative to the sometimes violent unrest found in a neighborhood beset by high unemployment and poverty. Next, Cook County Circuit Judge Colleen Sheehan talks about the upcoming pilot ...