Catholic Conference Radio Hour on Chicagoland Catholic Radio
CCI Executive Director Robert Gilligan hosts the Catholic Conference Radio Hour on the third Monday of the month on WNDZ Chicago 750 AM. Gilligan discusses current public policy issues affecting the Church with experts and newsmakers.
Executive Director Bob Gilligan discusses a recent federal report on the impact of assisted suicide on the disabled; three current U.S. Supreme Court cases that could impact religious freedom; an effort to consolidate downstate and suburban pension pension funds for police and firefighters; and a preview of the veto session with a Capitol News Illinois journalist.
Executive Director Bob Gilligan talks about federal officials lowering the cap on migrants seeking entry into America; Aid for Women's annual benefit dinner; the 50th anniversary of Misericordia; and an engineer turned novice taking her final vows as a Franciscans of the Eucharist.
Executive Director Bob Gilligan discusses the importance of the first 72 hours after an inmate's release with Dr. MaryClare Birmingham of Kolbe House; the Catholic Day of Action for Immigrant Children with Sr. JoAnn Persch; and a new report on American opinions on abortion and contraception with Natalie Jackson of the Public Religion Research Institute.
Executive Director Bob Gilligan discusses the deleterious effects expected from gaming expansion with Les Bernal of Stop Predatory Gambling; Holy Cross Hospital's new crisis stabilization unit; and humanitarian aid for migrants with Sr. Donna Markham, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA.
Executive Director Bob Gilligan discusses the complete funding of the Tax Credit Scholarship program in the FY 2020 budget with Juan Rangel of Empower Illinois; human trafficking with Pat Winn, who heads up Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rockford; and the final version of the "Reproductive Health Act" with Ralph Rivera of Illinois Right to Life.
Executive Director Bob Gilligan discusses conscience protections afforded by new federal HHS rules with Greg Schleppenbach of the USCCB; religious freedom concerns associated with the federal Equality Act with Stanley Carlson-Thies of the Religious Freedom Alliance; and marijuana legalization with Andy Duran of the substance abuse-prevention organization LEAD.
Executive Director Bob Gilligan talks about extreme abortion legislation passed in New York State with Kathleen Gallagher of the New York State Catholic Conference; physician-assisted suicide with Jennifer Briemann of the Maryland Catholic Conference; how marijuana legalization is progressing with Chicago Tribune reporter Robert McCoppin; and the federal First Step Act with Michael O'Rourke of the USCCB.
Host and Executive Director Bob Gilligan welcomes nationally-known abortion attorney Paul Linton on radical abortion legislation pending in the Illinois Legislature; Melissa Hastings of USCCB on potential federal legislation that would help Dreamers; and Don Carlson of Illinois People's Action on a bill that would cap high rates on car title loans.
Host and Executive Director Bob Gilligan welcomes Peter Steinfels on the essay he wrote for Commonweal about the recent Pennsylvania grand jury report on sex abuse in the Church; attorney Clarke Forsythe on abortion legislation; state Sen. Check Weaver, R-Peoria, on his bill allowing Illinois prison inmates access to online job sites; and Aid for Women board member Kris Cortes on the organization's new location in Flossmoor.
Host and Executive Director Bob Gilligan welcomes Alex Berenson, author of “Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence;" Anthony Holder of Empower Illinois on Year 2 of the Tax Credit Scholarship program; Kevin Appleby of the Center for Migration Studies on the status of immigrants and refugees at the Mexican border; and recently retired state Rep. Jeanne ives on her tenure in the Illinois Legislature.