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14
May

Gov. Bruce Rauner today called for the reinstatement of the death penalty for individuals convicted of mass shootings or the fatal shooting of a police officer. His call came in his written amendatory veto of House Bill 1468, which requires a 72-hour waiting period before the purchase of an assault weapon. The governor introduces a new burden of proof -- "beyond all doubt" -- as opposed to the current "beyond a reasonable doubt" -- for those individuals charged with ...

04
Apr

The Catholic Conference of Illinois will join advocacy groups on April 26 at the state Capitol for an Environmental Lobby Day that will in part celebrate Pope Francis' ground-breaking encyclical Laudato Si'. Participants will be encouraged to visit their state representatives and senator at their Springfield offices to ask that they co-sponsor a legislative resolution honoring the 2015 encyclical that offers a frank look at what the ...

04
Apr

Catholic bishops across the country and Illinois today marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Baptist minister and civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) joined the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., in tolling the shrine's bells 39 times to honor the years King lived before he was shot by James Earl Ray while ...

05
Feb

The spring session of the Illinois legislature is only a few days old, and an effort to undo the new Tax Credit Scholarship program is already under way. Senate Bill 2236 attacks the new program that allows low-income and working-class children to receive scholarships to attend a school of their choice by tying the program to the unpredictable budget process every year. Sponsored by state ...

05
Sep

Catholic bishops across the country and Illinois today sharply criticized the decision by President Donald Trump to end a program that allows young undocumented immigrants to stay in the country without fear of deportation. A statement from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) swiftly followed the announcement by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) would end in six ...

09
Nov

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, today issued a statement on the results of yesterday's presidential election, which saw Republican nominee Donald Trump winning the electoral college vote. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton won the popular vote.   Coming Together as Faithful Citizens for the Common Good Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops  

27
Feb

The Chicago Tribune today published an op-ed by the Catholic Conference of Illinois opposing redefinition of marriage legislation currently before the Illinois legislature. Here's a PDF of how the piece played in the paper, and the content can be read below:   Don't alter the definition of marriage By Robert Gilligan February 27, 2013 Redefinition of marriage legislation making its way through the Illinois Legislature is not simply about fairness, as proponents claim. This legislation ...

10
Dec

Two Illinois pharmacists today won their final battle seeking conscience rights in dispensing emergency contraception after the Illinois attorney general notified the state Supreme Court that she would not appeal a lower court ruling.  Pharmacy owners Luke Vander Bleek of Morrison and Glenn Kosirog of Wheaton sued the state over an emergency rule instituted by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich in 2005 requiring all pharmacists to dispense emergency contraception. The rule was later ...

05
Oct

Did you know that all Illinois state lawmakers and representatives to Congress are up for re-election in 2012? Add in the presidential race, and the 2012 campaign season promises to be lively -- and confusing. How do you make decisions on who to vote for? What Catholic principles and values should you consider before casting your ballot? The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) offers its "Faithful Citizenship" as a guide. Download a copy to peruse at your leisure. And ...

22
Sep

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York warned President Barack Obama that continued attacks on the federal Defense of Marriage Act will seriously threaten Church/State relations. In a strongly worded letter sent to Obama this week, Dolan criticized the administration's move from a lack of defense of DOMA -- which defines marriage as between one man and one woman -- to questioning its constitutionality by likening it to racial discrimination. As president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Dolan ...