Press Release

17
Sep

The Catholic Conference of Illinois on May 25 released a statement on Senate Bill 1564, which just passed the Illinois House after previously passing the Senate. It now returns to the Senate for concurrence on a minor House amendment. The Senate is expected to concur. UPDATE: The Senate did concur with the minor House amendment. The bill now goes to the governor for his consideration. UPDATE 2: Governor Bruce Rauner on Fri., July 29, signed SB 1564 ...

01
Jun

The Catholic Conference of Illinois today issued the following press release on the Illinois bishops' updated "A Catholic Perspective on Gambling in Illinois." The document may be found here in English, here in Spanish, and here in Polish.     Illinois Catholic bishops urge lawmakers to reconsider proposed gambling expansion as revenue fix CHICAGO – Illinois Catholic bishops today released a statement on gambling, updating their 1999 publication on the issue in light of the possibility ...

17
Apr

The Catholic Conference of Illinois released the following statement on the death of Cardinal George. Click here for a PDF version. April 17, 2015 Statement on Cardinal George’s death from the staff of the Catholic Conference of Illinois CHICAGO – The staff of the Catholic Conference of Illinois is greatly saddened by the news of the death of Cardinal George.  He served as chairman of the Catholic Conference from his installation as Archbishop of Chicago in May 1997 until ...

14
Apr

Illinois' Catholic bishops today sent a letter to Illinois House members to reject House Bill 4013 and its call for public funding of abortions. Both the House and Senate reconvene today after a two-week spring break. House Bill 4013 passed the House Human Services Committee on a partisan 8-6 vote on March 18. Read the letter below, or in PDF form. Read the accompanying press release. View the letter in Spanish and Polish.   April ...

30
Jun

CHICAGO  --  The U.S. Supreme Court today issued a 5-4 ruling in favor of the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties lawsuits against the mandate handed down by the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requiring all employers to offer insurance coverage of abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives, and sterilizations. Robert Gilligan, executive director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois, issued the following statement on the ruling: We are elated the U.S. Supreme Court recognizes and affirms the importance of ...

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 ...