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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


Aug. 15, 2016 show CCI Executive Director Robert Gilligan is joined by Illinois Catholic Health Association's Patrick Cacchione to address the controversy over Senate Bill 1564, which the governor recently signed into law. The new law, which modifies Illinois’ Health Care Right of Conscience Act, takes effect Jan. 1. CCI and ICHA took a neutral…


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…


A new Illinois law will increase accountability and transparency in the use of public funds while also reducing any administrative burden on state agencies and grant recipients.  The Grant Accountability and Transparency Act, or GATA for short, sets up a free process that hopefully will not be too complicated. The Catholic Conference of Illinois is…


State lawmakers yesterday approved a stopgap budget for the new fiscal year, just hours before  FY 2017 was set to begin.  The six-month spending plan outlined in Senate Bill 2047 fully funds a year of K-12 education and keeps the lights on at state agencies until the end of the calendar year.  It partially finances…




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.