Radio

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, 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
Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

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.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, February 27, 2012
Host Bob Gilligan. Guests: State Rep. Joe Lyons, D-Chicago talks about the Ultrasound Opportunity Act, House Bill 4085. Brother William Dygert discusses an upcoming education seminar. Patrick Cacchione talks about the latest developments in the HHS mandate situation.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, January 23, 2012
Host Bob Gilligan. Guests: Jim Geoly talks about the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling on Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC. The justices said religious organizations qualify for a "ministerial exception" regarding employment discrimination lawsuits. Mark Fleming explores the proposed regulation from the Obama administration that would allow certain undocumented immigrants to remain in America while applying for legal status, and the feds' determination that Cook County's detention policy concerning immigrants may be illegal. David Marzahl talks about the impact of the gradual expansion of the Earned income Tax Credit.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, December 19, 2011
Host Bob Gilligan. Guests: Tom Chapman; Paul Linton; Christene Dykes-Sorrells

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, November 21, 2011
Host Bob Gilligan: Guests: Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki. Ralph Rivera.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, October 24, 2011
Host Bob Gilligan discusses political issues of importance to Catholics.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, September 19, 2011
Host Bob Gilligan discusses political issues of importance to Catholics.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, August 22, 2011
Host Bob Gilligan discusses political issues of importance to Catholics.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, May 23, 2011
Host Bob Gilligan discusses political issues of importance to Catholics.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, April 18, 2011
Host Bob Gilligan discusses political issues of importance to Catholics.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, January 24, 2011
Host Bob Gilligan discusses political issues of importance to Catholics.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, December 20, 2010
Host Bob Gilligan discusses political issues of importance to Catholics

Senate Bill 1716 -- Civil Unions

Monday, November 22, 2010
Host Bob Gilligan talks with Rev. Bob Vandenbosch about Illinois Senate Bill 1716, which would legalize "civil unions".

Discussion about the upcoming mid-term elections

Monday, October 18, 2010
Host Bob Gilligan discusses the upcoming elections.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, September 20, 2010
Host Bob Gilligan discusses the upcoming elections.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, August 23, 2010
Host Bob Gilligan discusses political issues of importance to Catholics

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, July 19, 2010
Host Bob Gilligan discusses political issues of importance to Catholics

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, June 21, 2010
Host Bob Gilligan discusses political issues of importance to Catholics

Catholics at the Capitol

Monday, February 22, 2010
Host Bob Gilligan discusses political topics relevant to Catholics as well as the upcoming Catholics at the Capital event.

Catholics at the Capitol

Monday, January 25, 2010
Host Bob Gilligan discusses the recent election results in Massachussetts as well as the upcoming Catholics At the Capital event.

Health Care Discussion

Monday, September 21, 2009
Health Care Reform for the first half hour. John Carr of the USCCB, Patrick Cacchione of Illinois Catholic Healthcare Association. Fr. Pat Pollard of the National Catholic Cemeteries Association to talk about Catholic Cemeteries, the Burr Oak controversy.

Health Care Discussion

Monday, August 24, 2009
Host Bob Gilligan discusses the government proposals regarding health care. Guests: Patrick Cacchione. Executive Director at Illinois Catholic Health Association; Kristina Kristina Rasmussen, Illinois Policy Institute.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, July 20, 2009
Host Bob Gilligan discusses political issues of importance to Catholics

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, May 25, 2009
Host Bob Gilligan discusses political issues of importance to Catholics

Gay Marriage

Monday, April 20, 2009
Host Bob Gilligan discusses political issues of importance to Catholics

Catholics at the Capitol

Monday, February 23, 2009
Host Bob Gilligan talks about the upcoming Catholics at the Capitol event, as well as legislation important to Catholic voters such as the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA). Guests are Senator Bill Brady and Mary-Louise Kurey.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, January 26, 2009
Host Bob Gilligan discusses political issues of importance to Catholics

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, November 24, 2008
Host Bob Gilligan discusses political issues of importance to Catholic voters

2008 Elections

Monday, October 20, 2008
Host Bob Gilligan and guest Paul Caprio talk phone calls about the upcoming elections.

Catholic Healthcare as a Ministry/Feedom of Choice Act

Monday, September 15, 2008
Host Bob Gilligan talks with Sr. jean De Bois about Catholic Healthcare as a ministry. In the second half hour he discusses the controversial Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) with Deidre McQuade.

Phone Calls on Presidential Candidates

Monday, June 16, 2008
Host Bob Gilligan opens the phone lines and takes calls from listeners regarding the issues and candidates in the upcoming Presidential elections.

Religious Services to Detained Immigrants/Pay Day Loans

Monday, April 21, 2008
Host Bob Gillian talks about public policy issues of importance to Catholic voters with Sr. JoAnn Persch and Greg Brown.

Illinois Public Policy Issues of Importance to Catholics

Monday, March 17, 2008
Host Bob Gilligan discusses Illinois public policy issues of importance to Catholic voters with Phil Milsk, Karen Siemens and Marylou Garvacio.

Catholic Prayer Breakfast/Illinois Public Policy Issues of Importance to Catholics

Monday, February 25, 2008
Host Bob Gilligan discusses the Catholic Prayer Breakfast with Mark Randall and Illinois public policy issues of importance to Catholic voters with Zach Wichman and Marylou Garvacio.

Issues of Importance to Catholic Voters

Monday, January 28, 2008
Host Bob Gilligan discusses political issues of importance to Catholic voters

Issues of Importance to Catholic Voters

Monday, December 17, 2007
Host Bob Gilligan discusses political issues of importance to Catholic voters

Issues of Importance to Catholic Voters

Monday, November 19, 2007
Host Bob Gilligan discusses political issues of importance to Catholic voters

Illinois Budget Issues

Monday, October 15, 2007
Host Bob Gilligan speaks with Tom Johnson of the Taxpayers Federation of Illinois about current issues that pertain to the budget in Illinois state government.

Illinois Politics

Monday, August 20, 2007
Host Bob Gilligan talks about politics in Illinois
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