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Dec. 19, 2016 show Bill O'Keefe, vice president of government relations & advocacy for Catholic Relief Services, joins Bob to talk about the organization's efforts to help the residents of Aleppo, the war-ravaged city in Syria. State Rep. Tom Morrison, R-Palatine, shares the next segment with Illinois Citizens for Life lobbyist Ralph Rivera about…


The rapid pace of advances in medical care allows us to live longer and more productive lives than those of our ancestors. But these same innovations can leave us struggling for guidance when we are confronted with end-of-life decisions. Just as important, however, is the conversation we all need to have with our families: Who…


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…


The Catholic Conference of Illinois today congratulates Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago, who serves as the chairman of our board, on his elevation to cardinal by Pope Francis. We are grateful for and look forward to his continued leadership. #### The Catholic Conference of Illinois was created in 1969 to serve as the public policy


The Catholic Conference of Illinois on May 25 released a statement on Senate Bill 1564, which just passed the Illinois House after previously passing the Senate. It now returns to the Senate for concurrence on a minor House amendment. The Senate is expected to concur. UPDATE: The Senate did concur with the minor House amendment.…


Many Chicago-area Catholics were most likely surprised to learn from full-page ads in Monday’s Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times that abortion is OK by the Catholic Church since it is a social justice issue. At least that’s what Catholics for Choice, the organization that took out the ads, wants you to think. But the teaching


The Catholic Conference of Illinois today submitted a memorandum to the Illinois State Board of Education on next year’s implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA replaces No Child Left Behind, the federal education law, and there are a number of significant improvements to the manner in which the law treats nonpublic schools.…


Archbishop Cupich of Chicago today joined state lawmakers and health care advocates in a celebration of the reauthorization of a state program that allows parents of low- to middle-income families to purchase low-cost health insurance for their children. Archbishop Cupich noted the Catholic Church's commitment to health care as a basic human right comes from…




Prison and Jail Ministry

CCI coordinates a statewide effort of prison and jail ministry offered through the dioceses. Lay Catholics receive training to offer hope to inmates through the salvation of the Gospel.