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Catholic Conference Hour

Third Monday Monthly: 8 – 9 a.m.
WNDZ 750 AM

 

Bob Gilligan, executive director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois, a group that lobbies on behalf of all dioceses in the state, hosts this program, where guests give expert analysis on how proposed laws relate to the principles of Catholic social teaching.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, May 16, 2016
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: The Independent Maps Coalition. Guests: Cynthia Canary. Segment II: Senate Bill 2370. Guest: Sen. Patricia Van Pelt, D-Chicago. Segment III: "Church Madness". Guest: Patrick Murray. Segment IV: Social Action Summer Institute. Guest: Joanna Arellano.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, April 18, 2016
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Sr. Rosemary Connelly and Scott Mendel join Bob to talk about state legislation that would create a special state license to oversee the coninuum of care for the developmentally disabled. Segment II: State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Westmont) talks about the extension of the All Kids health insurance plan to 2019. Segment III: State Rep. Marcus Evans (D-Chicago) discusses House Bill 5973 which would make it easier for ex-offenders to get occupational licenses unless their crime was connected to the profession. Segment IV: Ralph Rivera joins Bob to talk about House bill 4013, which would allow taxpayer money to be used for elective abortions.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, March 21, 2016
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Jim Geoly gives a brief update on the Little Sisters of the Poor HHS mandate case that will be heard before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday. Segment II: Fr. Dave Kelly of Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation talks about his work in restorative justice. Segment III: Andrew Walther discusses the Knights of Columbus' recent report documenting instances of genocide against Christians by ISIS in the Middle East. Segment IV: Michael Josephson talks about civility in politics.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, February 22, 2016
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Monsignor Mike Boland talks about the dire straits the social services arm of the Catholic Church finds itself in because of the state budget impasse. Segment II: Dr. Richard Dye discusses a report released on February 15 outlining the impact of operating without a state budget at the halfway point of the current fiscal year. Segment III: John Maki offers his perspective on the recommendations issued in December by the Illinois Commision on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform. Segment IV: Eleanore Strong joins Bob to talk about the Chicago chapter of Young Catholic Professionals.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, January 25, 2016
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Dr. Robert Sawick joins Bob to talk about paliative care. Segment II: Tony Cube discusses immigration issues. Segment III: Dr. Rodney Starktalks about his new book, "The Triumph of Faith".

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, December 21, 2015
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Emily Miller joins Bob to give an overview of the state budget impasse as we approach the end of the calendar year. Segment II: Jim Finnegan talks about his organization, American Nativity Scene. Segment III: Mike O'Neill discusses how his website, MiracleHunter.com, was featured in the December cover story of National Geographic on the Virgin Mary. Segment IV: Emily Zender talks about the upcoming March for Life in Chicago.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, November 16, 2015
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Daniel Blomberg of the D.C. based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty talks to Bob about the U.S. Supreme Court agreeing to hear in March the case by the Little Sisters of the Poor and other faith-based nonprofits regarding their objection to the HHS mandate. Segment II: Mike Clark, a high school sports writer for the Chicago Tribune, joins Bob and talks about how Chicago-area Catholic high schools have fared during the Fall 2015 football season. Segment III: Maria Fitzsimmons of the Archdiocese of Chicago's Office for Peace and Justice talks about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and it's upcoming collection. Segment IV: Grant Gallicho, new director of publications and media for the Archdiocese of Chicago, joins Bob to talk about the recent Synod on the Family in Rome.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, October 19, 2015
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Elizabeth Kirk talks about the current state of adoption in the United States. Segment II: Tony Paulauski discusses the concerns of the disabled community regarding physician-assisted suicide. Segment III: Pat Winn talks about the Syrian refugee families that are resettled in the Rockford Dicoese. Segment IV: Dawn Fitzpatrick talks about the upcoming Chasity Education Initiative Dinner.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, September 21, 2015
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Michael O'Loughlin joins Bob to discuss his new book, "The Tweetable Pope: A Spiritual Revolution in 140 Characters". Segment II: Maria Goldstein and Thomas More attorney, Thomas Olp, discuss Office Depot's refusal to print copies of a flier that included facts about abortion. Segment III: Richard Doerflinger of the USCCB joins Bob to discuss proposed rules to allow Medicare coverage of conversations between a doctor and patient regarding end-of-life decision-making.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, August 24, 2015
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton talks about House Resolution 671, a bipartisan measure she is sponsoring in reaction to the undercover Planned Parenthood videos. Segment II: Fr. John Belmonte, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Joliet, talks about his Tuition Transfer Grant program. Segment III: Sue Barrett, executive director of Aid for Women, talks about the opening of Monica's House. Segment IV: Joyce Duriga, editor of the Catholic New World, discusses Pope Francis' upcoming visit to the United States.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, July 20, 2015
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Jason Negri, a lawyer and assistant director of the Patients Rights Council, joins Bob to talk about the physician-assisted suicide movement in the United States. Segment II: Dr. Mark Potosnak, an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Studies at DePaul University, joins Bob to talk about Pope Francis’ recent encyclical, Laudato Si’, and what it means to Catholics and the Archdiocese, in particular. Segment III: Pam Terrell, division director of community services for Catholic Charities in the Joliet diocese, will talk about how proposed budget cuts will affect their services, and what impact the state budget impasse is having on Catholic Charities.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, June 15, 2015
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Zach Wichmann talks to Bob about the Illinois Kids Campaign. Segment II: Anita Bedell of Illinois Church Action on Alcohol and Addiction Problems discusses the latest gambling expansion proposal being considered by lawmakers. Segment III: Hillary Byrnes joins Bob to talk about this year's "Fortnight for Freedom". Segment IV: Fr. Chris Reuter of the diocese of Belleville discusses the prison ministry.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, May 18, 2015
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: The Illinois Kids Campaign. Guest: William Godwin. Segment II: The Slippery Slope of Medical Marijuana. Guest: Dr. Stuart Gitlow. Segment III: Charity Burials and Budget Cuts. Guest: Fr. Larry Sullivan. Segment IV: Resentencing Hearings for Juvenile Life Without Parole Sentencings. Guest: Julie Anderson.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, March 16, 2015
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville talks about the pastoral letter he issued in January, "The Racial Divide in the United States". Segment II: Fr. William Grogan, the Archdiocese's vicar for health care and Patrick Cacchione discuss Illinois Senate bill 1564 that guts the Illinois Healthcare Right of Conscience Act. Segment III: Illinois State Rep. Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) joins Bob to talk about the House Violence Prevention Task Force and also House Bill 2701, The Ultrasound Opportunity Act. Segment IV: Illinois Citizens for Life lobbyist Ralph Rivera discusses House Bill 4013 which would allow taxpayer money to pay for the elective abortions in state employees' health insurance plans and the state's Medicaid program.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, February 23, 2015
Host: Bob Giligan. Segment I: Conversation with Archbishop Cupich. Segment II: Fr. Dan Brandt, chaplain for the Chicago Police Department. Segment III: Sr. Carol Keehan, president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association of the United States. Segment IV: State Senator Julie Morrison (D) from Springfield talks about Senate Bill 43 regarding human trafficking.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, January 26, 2015
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Ron Jackson talks about Paul Ryan's proposal to consolidate several federal programs into block grants to the states. Segment II: Sr. Rose Mary Meyer discusses Project Irene and human trafficking. Segment III: Erendira Rendon covers upcoming informational sessions on President Obama's executive action on immigration. Segment IV: Sr. Lakshmie Napagoda talks about her organization which helps mothers and children of domestic violence break the cycle.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, December 22, 2014
Host: Bob Gilligan: Segment I: Claire Halbur from the Joliet diocese joins Bob in the studio to talk about her experience on Lifetime's "The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns." Segment II: Elizabeth Fenner, editor-in-chief of Chicago Magazine, talks about a just-published article about the decrease of Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Segment III: Emily Zender and Mary Hallan-FioRito talk about the upcoming March for Life Chicago on Sunday, January 18 and an Aid for Women event that morning at the Union League Club.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, November 24, 2014
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Dr. Miguel Diaz of Loyola University joins Bob to talk about President Obama's executive action regarding immigration. Segment II: Randi Belisomo discusses the importance of having key discussions with loved ones about end-of-life decisions. Segment III: Zach Wichmann gives and update about the first week of the fall legislative veto session.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, October 20, 2014
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Kim Daniels attended the Synod in Rome and offers her perspective. Segment II: Mary Hallan-Fiorito offers a look at the accomplishments of Cardinal George as he approaches retirement. Segment III: Brian Burch talks about his new book, "The American Catholic Almanac". Segment IV: Bob offers some thought on the upcoming November 4th election.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, September 15, 2014
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Scott Hibbard talks about ISIS and religious persecution in Iraq and Syria. Segment II: Kellie Fiedorek discusses the possibility of the U.S. Supreme Court taking up same-sex marriage this coming term. Segment III: Mary Lou Gervacio talks about President Barack Obama's decision to defer any executive action on immigration until after the November 4th election.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, August 25, 2014
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Bill O'Keefe tells us about what Catholic Relief Services is doing to help embattled Christians in Iraq. Segment II: University of Notre Dame professors Nicole Garnett and Margaret (Peg) Brinig discuss their new book, "Lost Classrom, Lost Community: Catholic Schools' Importance in Urban America." Segment III: Sheila Liaugminas talks about her new book, "Non-Negotiable: Essential Principles of a Just Society and Humane Culture".

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, July 21, 2014
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Pastor Cory Brooks of New Beginnings Church talks about taking on violence in the city. Segment II: Dawn Fitzpatrick discusses her path to becoming the new Respect Life Director for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Segment III: Ashley Collinstalks about #ProjectCST. Segment IV: Ashley Feasley discusses the "unaccompanied minors" crisis.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, June 16, 2014
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Bishop Thomas Paprocki talks about the third annual Fortnight for Freedom. Segment II: Jim Geoly talks with Bob about the upcoming Supreme Court ruling on the Hobby Lobby case. Segmetn III: Sate Senator Matt Murphy joins Bob to talk about the plethora of advisory referenda slated for the Nov. 4 general election.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, May 19, 2014
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: POLST and Senate Bill 3076. Guest: Amy Martin. Segment II: Gaming Expansion. Guest: John Kindt. Segment III: Human Trafficking. Guests: Rachel Ramirez; Leeanna Majors.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, April 21, 2014
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Bob talks with Cara Smith, Executive Direcotr of the Department of Corrections at the Cook County Sheriff's Office about House Bill 4113. Segment II: Lisa Christiansen Gee, a policy analyst from Voices for Illinois Children, discusses the state's Earned Income Tax Credit with Bob. Segment III: Steve Colecchi, director of the Office of International Jusctice and Peace with the USCCB talks with Bob about the recent spate of bombings/killings of Christians in various north African countries.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, March 17, 2014
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Bob and Dr. Chris Mooney, director of the University of Illinois' Institute of Government and Public Affairs talk about Tuesday's primary election. Segments II and III: State Flat or Progressive Tax Rate? In segment II Dan Lesser, senior attorney and Director of Economic Justice with the Sargent Shriver National Center of Poverty Law, talks about the pros of moving Illinois from a flat income tax rate to a progressive income tax rate. In segment III Diana Rickert, director of media relations for the Illinois Policy Institute talks about the cons of moving Illinois from a flat income tax rate to a progressive income tax rate.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, February 24, 2014
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segments I and II: Our first two guests individually present their points from opposite ends of the debate on increasing the minimum wage. Guests: Kim Bobo; Kim Clarke Maisch. Segment III: New Executive Director of Illinois Right to Life, Emily Zender; talks about the recent $2 million settlement being paid to the family of Tonya Reaves, who died in 2012 after a botched abortion at a Chicago Planned Parenthood clinic. Segment IV: Zach Wichmann talks about the introduction of gegislation appropriating $12.5 million to the textbook block grant program available to both public and non-public schools.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, January 27, 2014
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Zach Wichmann and Marilou Gervacio give a preview of the spring 2014 legislative session. Segment II: Jery Dykstra of Open Doors USA talks about the degrees of freedom that Christians around the world have to live out their faith. Segment III: Mark Heyrman talks about the positive impact the expansion of Medicaid to low-income adults is having on mental health services.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, December 16, 2013
Host: Bob Gilligan. Mary Hallan-FioRito of the Archdiocese of Chicago kicks off the program by talking to Bob about the Chicago March for Life set for Sun., Jan. 19. Big names are scheduled for this event, including Dan Proft, Sheila Liaugminas and Congressman Dan Lipinski. Next up we have Fr. Jack Wall, president of Catholic Extension. Most Catholics don’t realize that Catholic Extension is a papal society, and is focused on raising awareness and resources for mission dioceses (those that can’t sustain themselves without support) throughout the United States – 46 percent of all dioceses. The Archbishop of Chicago serves as the chancellor of Catholic Extension’s board of governors. Catholic Extension is funded through private donations and its annual calendar sales, and makes more than 1,000 donations each year, totaling more than $20 million. Up next we have Todd Scribner from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Todd will talk about upcoming National Migration Week (Jan. 5-11) and the National Migration Conference set for July. Closing out the show we will have Glenn Van Cura, executive director of Catholic Charities of Joliet to talk about their Christmas programs for the needy and how it compares to years past.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, November 18, 2013
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Diane Doherty talks about the impact of food stamp cuts effective November 1. Segment II: Patrick Cacchione talks about Illinois POLST (Illinois Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment). Segment III: Jim Geoly talks about the religious freedom concerns with Senate Bill 10, which redefines marriage from "between a man and a woman" to "between two persons".

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, October 21, 2013
Host: Bob Gilligan. First segment we talk with Brian Burch of CatholicVote.org about his organizations new initiative, CatholicVote365. Second segment is Daniel Blomberg of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty who talks about the variety of cases they are handling regarding the HHS mandate. Segment three has Kathy Valente of the Illinois Family Institute who talks about Wednesday's "Defend Marriage Lobby Day".

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, September 16, 2013
Host: Bob Gilligan. Another Rockin' show. First up Bishop David J. Malloy of the Rockford diocese offers perspective on the war-torn middle eastern country of Syria. Second up we have Jim White, who talks about the current 40-day campaign of prayer, fasting and action. Finally we have Sue Barrett and Bill Ulivieri who talk about Heather's House and the annual benefit dinner for the group Aid for Women.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, August 26, 2013
Host: Bob Gilligan. It's summer, but we're not lazing it away! In segment I we tackle the Common Core and the misconceptions about it floating around. Guest: Mike Kagan. During segment II, two architects of CCI's Prison Ministry Training program join Bob to talk about the class now that it's started. Guests: Dr. Christie Billups; Fr. Chris Reuter. Segment III takes an international turn and we talk about the conditions in Syria and Egypt. Guest: Dr. Stephen Colecchi.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, July 15, 2013
Host: Bob Giligan. Think we're taking it easy during the summer? Not a chance. We've got a blockbuster show! First up Ralph Rivera of Illinois Citizens for Life joins Bob to talk about the Illinois Supreme Court ruling paving the way for the state's 1995 parental notice abortion act to finally take effect. Ralph will also talk about the trend of pro-life legislation being approved by state legislatures across the country. Texas, North Carolina come to mind.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, June 17, 2013
Host: Bob Gilligan. Kim Daniels, spokeswoman for the president of the USCCB, who will talk about the upcoming “Fortnight for Freedom” set to run from June 21-July 4. Jim Geoly of Burke, Warren, MacKay and Serritella speaks about the expected U.S. Supreme Court rulings on the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 and the federal government’s Defense of Marriage Act. Tony Cube from the USCCB and its program Justice for Immigrants tells us about the Senate debate on comprehensive immigration reform legislation, and why USCCB is against amendments offered by Sens. Rubio, Cornyn and Hatch.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, May 20, 2013
Host: Bob Gilligan. Mark Fleming of the National Immigrant Justice Center will joins Bob to talk about the current push for comprehensive federal immigration reform. Next Margie Manczko Breen of the Respect Life Office joins Bob in the studio to talk about the verdict in the trial of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell. To close out the show, Dave Smith, executive director of the Illinois Family Institute, joins Bob by phone to talk about the various marriage rallies his group has been hosting in targeted legislative districts as we enter the final two weeks of the legislative session.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, April 15, 2013
Host: Bob Gilligan. First up Bishop Lance Davis, Senior Pastor of the New Zion Christian Fellowship Church of dolton talks to Bob about opposing Senate Bill 10, the redefinition of marriage legislation. In the second segment, Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran talks about the importance of family as he sees it in his work. In the third segment Sr. Lisa Polega talks about the need and push for federal legislation regarding immigration.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, March 18, 2013
Host Bob Gilligan. Bishop Larry Trotter of the Sweet Holy Spirit Church of Chicago talks with Bob Gilligan about the coalition of African-American clergy in the Chicagoland area who are opposing redefinition of marriage efforts in the Illinois Legislature. Betsy Clarke of the Juvenile Justice Initiative talks about her and her team's fight for reforms to the juvenile justice system. Mary Ann bibat who heads the Community Care Program at Catholic Charities in Chicago discusses how funding cuts are affecting the program.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, February 25, 2013
Host Bob Gilligan. We’ve got another Marriage Monday show, as a House committee is set to consider redefinition of marriage legislation on Tuesday and is expected to pass it. That means Senate Bill 10 has a very good chance of going before the full House for a vote next week. First up from 9 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. is the Rev. Eugene Rivers from Boston. Rev. Rivers rose to national prominence several years ago with his successful work with gang activity. Now, he’s working to stop redefinition of marriage efforts from spreading across the country. He’ll talk about how same-sex marriage is perceived in the African American community. Second, from 9:20 a.m. to 9:40 a.m., we talk with newly elected state Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton. Rep. Ives will talk about the expected upcoming vote in the House on Senate Bill 10, which calls for redefinition of marriage. Finally, from 9:40 a.m. to 10 a.m., we talk with Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, founder and president of the Ruth Institute, which promotes the benefits of life-long, traditional marriage to college students.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, January 28, 2013
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Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, December 17, 2012
First up, from 9 a.m. to 9:20 a.m., we have Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran, who will talk about his personal support of SB 957, which would extend Temporary Visitor Driver’s Licenses to immigrants. Next up, from 9:20 a.m. to 9:40 a.m., we have the Archdiocese’s Chancellor, Jimmy Lago. Jim has been working with other faiths to get the Chicago City Council to reinstate the water exemption for churches and faith-based organizations. Finally, from 9:40 a.m. to 10 a.m., we have CCI’s own Zach Wichmann, who heads up CCI’s Defense of Marriage Department.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, November 19, 2012
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Illinois bishops recently voted to support an extension of Temporary Visitor Driver’s Licenses to immigrants. Guest: Lawrence Benito. Segment II: Marilou Gervacio, talks about why our bishops are supporting TVDLs. Segment III: Preserving religious freedom in the face of the HHS Mandate. Guests: Christopher and Mary Ann Yep.

Election-palooza!

Monday, October 15, 2012
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Bishop Thomas Paprocki talks about the Illinois bishops' series of election bulletin inserts. Segment II: Jim Driscoll talks about a question on the November 6 ballot in Massachusetts that would legalize physician-assisted suicide in that state. Segment III: David Morrison talks about some interesting campaign finance tidbits in this election cycle.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, September 17, 2012
Hosted by Bob Gilligan. In segment I: Jason Adkins, executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference talks about the upcoming vote for a constitutional amendment that would preserve current state law defining marriage as the union of one woman and one man. Segment II: Tom O'Brien, professor of religious studies at DePaul University, talks with Bob about Catholic Social Teaching and it's persepctive on unions. Segment III:Patrick Cacchione, executive director of the Illinois Catholic Health Association gives an update on various court cases and what the future holds for religious freedom.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, August 27, 2012
In the first segment Fr. Larry Dowling joins host Bob Gilligan to talk about the deferred action program proposed by the federal administration for young, undocumented immigrants. Up next is a discussion of Catholic Social Teaching, especially the concepts of solidarity and subsidiarity. Guests are Tony Graefe and John Powers.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, July 16, 2012
In segment 1 host Bob Gilligan talks with Marilou Gervacio and Fr. Chris Reuter about CCI's statewide Prison and Jail Ministry. Segment 2 is a conversation with Karen Siciliano Lucas about the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling that struck down most of Arizona's controversial immigration law. In segment 3 Bob talks to Jim Ennis about the 2012 Farm Bill and proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, June 18, 2012
In the first segment Tom Howard from the Archdiocese's office of Peace and Justice talks about the Fortnight for Freedom, set for June 21-July 4. Bob will also talk a bit about CCI's I-CAN program. In the second segment the guest is Lindsey Artola of the government affairs team for Presence Health (the merged health system of Provena and Resurrection.) Lindsey will talk about the new charity care guidelines for hospitals approved by lawmakers this legislative session. In the third segment Tom Brejcha from the Thomas More Society talks about their possible intervention in the lawsuits brought by the ACLU and Lambda Legal against the Cook County State's Attorney's office claiming discrimination since same-sex couples were denied marriage licenses. Both the attorney general's office and the state's attorney office have stated they will not defend current state law, and will file briefs in support of the lawsuits.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, May 21, 2012
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Deacon Richard Hudzik talks about President Barack Obama's support of gay marriage. Segment II: Bob talks about Cardinal George's letter to priests about Catholic Identity and conscience rights being threatened by the HHS mandate. Segment III: Rev. Bob Vandenbosch talks about Senate Bill 3669 regarding polling places at churches.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, April 16, 2012
Host Bob Gilligan. Guests: Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria talks about the political climate during his 10 years in Peoria. David Morrison talks about the influence of PACs and campaign contributions. Mark Deaton discusses the struggle to maintain property tax exemptions for non-profit hospitals.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, March 19, 2012
Host Bob Gilligan. Guests: State Rep. Tom Morrison R-Palatine talks about House Bill 4117. John Bouman talks about Gov. Pat Quinn's plan to cut $2.7 billion from the state's Medicaid budget. Jim Geoly talks about the oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court set for March 26 on the individual mandate in the federal health care reform law.
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