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 ...


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 ...


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  


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...

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