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15
Apr

April 15, 2019 show Kathleen Gallagher, director of pro-life activities for the New York State Catholic Conference, joins Bob to talk about the fall-out from that state’s passage of extreme abortion legislation in January. Next, Jenn Briemann, executive director of the Maryland Catholic Conference, talks about how physician-assisted suicide legislation suddenly took off this spring. The Maryland House passed PAS legislation ...

02
Apr

The Catholic Conference of Illinois is urging support of House Bill 2468, which cracks down on exorbitant interest rates for car title loans. The legislation calls for interest rates on loans taken out against the title of a motor vehicle to be capped at 36%. As one of 20 states that currently allow such loans, Illinois does not regulate interest rates, which can often reach ...

28
Mar

Illinois' six Catholic bishops today held a press conference at the Illinois Capitol, warning about extreme abortion legislation under consideration by the General Assembly. Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago spoke for all the bishops in attendance, which included Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria; Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville; Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of Springfield in Illinois; Bishop R. Daniel Conlon of Joliet; and Bishop David Malloy of Rockford. The Cardinal spoke against House Bill 2495/Senate ...

20
Mar

The Catholic dioceses of Illinois issued the following statements regarding a report issued today by attorneys Jeff Anderson and Marc Pearlman. The report lists the names of clerics and laypeople they say have been accused of the sexual abuse of minors and have served in one or more of the six Illinois dioceses. Archdiocese of Chicago statement may be found here.

19
Mar

It is truly tragic the Senate Public Health Committee today approved Senate Bill 1594, which seeks to repeal the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act. Since this law went into effect, the incidence of abortions among minors has dropped 57 percent in Illinois. Why would anybody vote for legislation that effectively removes parents and guardians of minors from a major decision that is known to have significant physical and mental after effects?

18
Mar

March 18, 2019 show Paul Linton, nationally-known attorney on abortion law, joins Bob to talk about abortion legislation pending before the Illinois legislature. Then, Melissa Hastings of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops discusses potential federal legislation that would help Dreamers and those individuals with Temporary Protected Status. Finally, Don Carlson of Illinois People's Action talks about

21
Feb

Illinois’ six Catholic bishops today issued a statement against recently-introduced abortion legislation. This package of legislation would repeal the state's Parental Notice of Abortion Act, which requires a parent or guardian be notified when a minor seeks an abortion. The legislation would also repeal the state's current ban on partial-birth abortions, define abortion as a fundamental right, eliminate legal protections for hospitals and health care personnel who refuse to participate in an abortion, and dramatically change the ...

18
Feb

Feb. 18, 2019 show Peter Steinfels, former editor of Commonweal magazine and a religion reporter for the New York Times, joins Bob to talk about the essay he wrote for the magazine a few weeks ago in which he extensively examined the Pennsylvania grand jury report. Clarke Forsythe, senior counsel for Americans United for Life, talks about the recent abortion legislation introduced in the Illinois General Assembly. Then, Illinois ...

15
Feb

Abortion legislation has cropped up in the Illinois Legislature, as four bills were filed this week. House Bill 2467 and Senate Bill 1594 are identical pieces of legislation that would repeal the current parental notification of abortion law. Meanwhile,  House Bill 2495 and Senate Bill 1942 -- also identical to one another -- are both dubbed the Reproductive Health Act and make several changes to current abortion law. HB 2467 and ...

04
Feb

Illinois’ six Catholic bishops today issued a statement urging state lawmakers to vote “no” on upcoming legislation to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Read the statement below and in PDF form for the English, Spanish and Polish versions.    Illinois Bishops Advise Against Legalization of Marijuana Legislation that would legalize marijuana for recreational use will be considered in the Illinois General Assembly. The Catholic bishops of Illinois are committed to ...