Press Releases


Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan today announced in a press release that she would contact all of the Catholic dioceses in the state as a follow-up to the release this week of the Pennsylvania grand jury report outlining sexual abuse allegations against more than 300 priests in that state over 70 years and affecting more than 1,000 victims.

“The Catholic Church has a moral obligation to provide its parishioners and the public a complete and accurate accounting of all sexually inappropriate behavior involving priests in Illinois,” Madigan stated in the press release.

The longtime attorney general, who is not running for re-election in November, noted that a review of the Pennsylvania grand jury report indicates that at least seven priests have ties to Illinois.

“The Chicago Archdiocese has agreed to meet with me,” Madigan stated in the release. “I plan to reach out to the other dioceses in Illinois to have the same conversation and expect the bishops will agree and cooperate fully.”

Robert Gilligan, executive director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois, offers the following statement on the upcoming inquiries by the attorney general:

“Since 2002, the six Catholic dioceses in Illinois have followed the procedures and protocols of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People established that year by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. We look forward to working with Attorney General Madigan on these inquiries.”


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 the fatal shooting of a law enforcement officer or a group of people. His full amendatory veto message may be found here.

The death penalty in Illinois was abolished in 2011, following a moratorium placed on the final sentence in 2000 by then Gov. George Ryan, a Republican. The Catholic Conference actively supported the ban of the death penalty, issuing a statement when Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 3539 into law.

The Catholic Conference today issued the following statement in response to the governor's actions, or click here for a PDF version:

We are distressed and alarmed by Gov. Bruce Rauner’s call for the reinstatement of the death penalty in any way, shape or form. His call to put to death individuals convicted of mass shootings or the fatal shooting of a law enforcement officer under proof of “beyond all doubt” instead of “beyond a reasonable doubt” is simply parsing words. You cannot teach killing is wrong by killing. We are all God’s children, and our first – and primary – right to life must always be protected and unconditional.



Gov. Bruce Rauner today announced that he would sign House Bill 40, which authorizes the use of taxpayer monies to pay for elective abortions for Medicaid participants and state employees. He had earlier pledged to veto the bill.

The Catholic Conference of Illinois today released the following statement. Click here for a PDF.

We are deeply disturbed that Governor Rauner has broken his word and firm public promise to veto HB 40. 

Governor Rauner, together with the legislators who voted for this misguided legislation, will now force Illinois taxpayers to pay for the taking of human life, in this case that of a defenseless child in the womb.

We remain dedicated to advocating for the dignity and sanctity of human life from conception to natural death and will work to convince the public and our elected officials about the grave moral error this legislation represents.




The Illinois Senate today passed Senate Bill 1947, following up on the House's approval yesterday of the landmark legislation that overhauls the state's education funding formula and introduces a five-year Scholarship Tax Credit program. The governor is expected to sign the legislation. Here is the House roll call, and the Senate roll call.

A fact sheet on the basics of the Scholarship Tax Credit can be found here. A detailed analysis of the new program can be found here.

The Catholic Conference today issued the following statement on final passage of SB 1947. Click here for a PDF of the statement.

Access to a quality education is one of the greatest social justice issues of our time, and is much too important to be determined solely by where a student lives. As Pope Francis notes in The Joy of Love, “… the overall education of children is a ‘most serious duty’ and at the same time a ‘primary right’ of parents.” We believe the new legislation will help give students and their parents the opportunity to choose their education and their future. We are grateful to the governor and the legislative leaders on both sides of the aisle for choosing sensible compromise in making this choice a reality in Illinois. The governor and other elected officials deserve our praise for turning an out-of-date school funding blueprint into a distribution formula that is both fair and equitable across the state.


En Espanol

El Senado de Illinois aprobó hoy el Proyecto de ley del senado 1947, siguiendo la aprobación ayer de la Cámara de la histórica legislación que revisa la formula de financiamiento de la educación en el estado e introduce un programa de Crédito Tributario para Becas de cinco años. Se espera que el gobernador firme la legislación. Aquí se puede encontrar la votación de la Cámara, y la votación del Senado.

Una hoja de datos sobre los elementos básicos del Crédito Tributario para Becas puede ser encontrada aquí.

La Conferencia Católica emitió hoy la siguiente declaración sobre la aprobación final de SB 1947. Haga clic aquí para un PDF de la declaración.


El acceso a una educación de calidad es uno de los problemas de justicia social más grande de nuestro tiempo, y es muy importante para ser determinado solamente por donde vive un estudiante. Como lo señala el Papa Francisco en  La alegría del amor, “… la educación general de los niños es ‘obligación gravísima’ a la vez que ‘derecho primario’ de los padres”. Creemos que la nueva legislación ayudará a dar a los niños y a sus padres la oportunidad de escoger su educación y su futuro. Estamos agradecidos con el gobernador y los líderes legislativos de ambos lados por seleccionar un compromiso sensato para hacer esta opción una realidad en Illinois. El gobernador y otros oficiales electos merecen nuestro elogio por convertir un plan de financiamiento de escuelas obsoleto en una formula de distribución que es tanto justa como equitativa a lo largo del estado.




Senat Stanu Illinois, po uzyskaniu wczoraj zgody Izby Reprezentantów, przyjął dzisiaj Ustawę 1947 dotyczącą przełomowego prawodawstwa, które naprawia stanową formułę finansowania edukacji. Zaprezentował też pięcioletni program ulg podatkowych na stypendia. Spodziewane jest, że ustawa ta zostanie podpisana przez gubernatora. Poniżej zamieszczamy apel Izby Reprezentantów i apel Senatu.

Tutaj można znaleźć arkusz informacyjny na temat podstaw Ulg Podatkowych na Stypendia.   

Katolicka Konferencja Biskupów Stanu Illinois opublikowała dzisiaj zamieszczone poniżej oświadczenie na temat ostatecznej wersji ustawy SB 1947.  Kliknij tutaj, aby uzyskać oświadczenie w formacie PDF. 


Dostęp do wysokiej jakości edukacji jest jedną z najważniejszych kwestii sprawiedliwości społecznej naszych czasów. Jest ona zbyt ważna, aby była zdeterminowana wyłącznie przez miejsce zamieszkania studenta. Jak powiedział papież Franciszek w Radości miłości „[…] wychowanie dzieci jest ‘najpoważniejszym obowiązkiem’, a zarazem ‘najpierwszym prawem’ rodziców”. Wierzymy, że ta nowa ustawa pomoże w stworzeniu nowych możliwości studentom i ich rodzicom w wyborze swojej edukacji i swojej przyszłości.
Jesteśmy wdzięczni gubernatorowi i prawodawcom obu stron za wybranie rozsądnego kompromisu i sprawienie, że to co wybrali staje się rzeczywistością w stanie Illinois. Gubernator i inni wybrani urzędnicy zasługują na naszą pochwałę za zmianę przestarzałego programu finansowania szkół w formułę podziału, która jest zarówno sprawiedliwa, jak i równa na terytorium całego stanu.