CCI Radio Hour

CCI Executive Director Robert Gilligan hosts the Catholic Conference Radio Hour on the third Monday of the month on Relevant Radio. Gilligan discusses current public policy issues affecting the Church with experts and newsmakers.


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 House Bill 2468, which would cap exorbitant rates on car title loans.


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 state Sen. Chuck Weaver, R-Peoria, discusses Senate Bill 156, which would allow inmates in the state’s prisons access to online job sites so they can apply for jobs for when they are released. Finally, Kris Cortes, board member of Chicagoland pregnancy help center Aid for Women, joins Bob to talk about the organization’s new location in Flossmoor.



Jan. 21, 2019 show

Alex Berenson, author of the just-released book, “Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence,” joins Bob to talk about the effects that marijuana has on psychosis, which can lead to an increase in violence. Illinois lawmakers are expected to legalize recreational marijuana this spring, and new Gov. JB Pritzker has said he supports the initiative. The Catholic Conference opposes legalization. Next, Anthony Holter, executive director of Empower Illinois, talks about the just-opened application process for Year 2 of the Tax Credit Scholarship program. Then, Kevin Appleby, senior director for the Center for Migration Studies, offers clarity on what is really happening with immigrants and refugees along the border with Mexico in light of President Trump’s recent address to the nation and visit to the border. Finally, Rep. Jeanne Ives, recently retired state lawmaker and GOP candidate for governor in the primary election, reviews her tenure in the Illinois Legislature.



Dec. 17, 2018 show

Ryan Bomberger, co-founder of the Radiance Foundation, joins Bob to talk about the March for Life Chicago in January at which he will serve as the keynote speaker. Ryan’s biological mother was raped but  followed through on her pregnancy, giving up Ryan for adoption when he was six weeks old. The Radiance Foundation seeks to affirm that every life has purpose and is known for its various billboard campaigns celebrating adoption, unplanned pregnancies and fatherhood. Next, Mike Stark, a producer of the recently released film, “A Glorious Life: Cardinal Francis George,” joins Bob to talk about gathering the various Catholic luminaries who pay homage to the late Cardinal George in the film. Finally, Chicago Catholic Editor Joyce Duriga talks about her new bookAugustus Tolton: The Church is the True Liberator. The book outlines the life of Fr. Augustus Tolton, the first identified black American to be ordained to the priesthood in the United States. In 2011, Cardinal George opened Fr. Tolton’s cause for sainthood, which is ongoing.