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Oct

Oct. 21, 2019 show Barbara Lyons of the Patients’ Rights Action Fund joins Bob to talk about the National Council on Disability’s recent report on assisted suicide and its impact on the disabled community. Next, Jim Geoly, partner at the Chicago law firm of Burke, Warren, MacKay and Serritella, discusses the civil ...

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Sep

Sept. 16, 2019 show Megan Gilbert of Catholic Relief Services joins Bob to talk about the distinction among migrants, asylum-seekers and immigrants, as federal officials discuss lowering the cap on migrants seeking entry to the United States. Then, Frances Jimenez of Aid for Women, the leading ...

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Aug

Aug. 19, 2019 show Dr. MaryClare Birmingham, executive director of the Archdiocese of Chicago's Kolbe House jail ministry, joins Bob to talk about the crucial importance of the first 72 hours after an inmate's release. Then, Sr. JoAnn Persch, a Sister of Mercy, talks about her recent arrest in Washington, D.C., during the Catholic Day of Action for Immigrant Children. Finally, ...

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Jul

July 15, 2019 show Les Bernal, national director of Stop Predatory Gambling, joins Bob to talk about the deleterious personal and societal effects expected from the massive gaming expansion passed by the legislature this spring – up to six new casinos, including one in Chicago, slot machines at race tracks, legalized ...

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Jun

June 17, 2019 show Juan Rangel, strategy director for Empower Illinois, the organization that awards Tax Credit Scholarships to most of the Catholic schools in Illinois, joins Bob to talk about the complete funding of the program in the new state budget despite earlier threats to diminish it. Next, Pat Winn, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rockford diocese, talks about ...

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Jun

Procrastination may be a part of human nature, but the Illinois legislature during the 2019 spring session elevated it to an art form. Illinois lawmakers in February gave newly-elected Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker a quick victory by speedily approving his campaign promise to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 by 2025. But then the pace of legislative action on major proposals slowed to a crawl until the final two weeks of session.

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May

The Illinois Senate late tonight passed the misnamed "Reproductive Health Act" as embodied in Senate Bill 25 on a 34-20 vote, with three lawmakers voting "present." The House previously passed the measure, so the bill now goes to Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who previously has said he will sign it into law. Click here to

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May

Illinois' six Catholic bishops today issued a statement urging the Illinois Senate to reject the "Reproductive Health Act." The extreme measure that overhauls the state's abortion laws passed the Illinois House yesterday, and is due to go before the Illinois Senate before the end of the legislative session on May 31. Read the statement below, or here in PDF form and

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May

The Illinois House today passed the misnamed "Reproductive Health Act" on a 64-50 vote, with four lawmakers voting "present." The measure overhauls abortion law in Illinois and is now embodied in House Floor Amendment 1 to Senate Bill 25. The vote tally is here. The legislation now goes to the ...

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May

Illinois’ six Catholic bishops today issued a statement on the end-of-session push to consider the so-called "Reproductive Health Act." The extreme legislation goes further than Roe v. Wade in stripping rights from the unborn child, and jeopardizes conscience protections for doctors, nurses and hospitals who refuse to participate in an abortion. The spring legislative session is set to end just days away, on May 31. The statement follows, and can