Catholic Conference Hour

Third Monday Monthly: 8 – 9 a.m.


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.

Civil Unions

Monday, May 21, 2007
Host Bob Gilligan talks to Monsignor about a Civil Union bill pending in the Illinois legislature.

Cord Blood Donation and Immigration Reform

Monday, March 26, 2007
Hosts Bob Gilligan and Jimmy Lago discuss pending legislation in the state of Illinois that would promote the banking of umbilical cord blood for it's stem cells and the public funding of social services with Illinois State Senator A. J. Wilhelmi from Joliet. In the second half of the program Immigration Reform is discussed with Lawrence Benito of the Illinois Coalition on Immigrants and Refugee Rights and Elena Segura the Director of the Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform.

Life Issues and Illinois Politics

Monday, February 26, 2007
Host Mary Louise Kurey interviews Catholic Conference of Illinois Director Bob Gilligan and Monsignor Philip Reilly about bills in the Illinois House of Representatives and Senate that have to do with Embrionic Stem Cell Research and Parental Notification laws.


Monday, January 22, 2007
Today's show discusses abortion. Host Bob Gilligan and Co-Host Jimmy Lago talk with Tom Brejcha, President and Chief Councel of the Thomas More Society; Richard Doerflinger of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Mary-Louise Kurey of the Respect Life Office about abortion and the weekends March for Life in Washington D.C.

Health Care

Monday, December 18, 2006
Today's show discusses health care. Jim Duffett, the Director for the Campaign for Better Health Care joins host Bob Gilligan.

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Monday, November 27, 2006
Today's show discusses Life Issues in politics, particularly funding for embriotic stem cell research.

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Monday, October 16, 2006
Today's show discusses "Issues Catholics Should Know When They Go To Vote". Featured guest is Joe Birkett, Republican candidate for Lt. Governor of Illinois.

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Friday, September 15, 2006
Today's show discusses "Parental Notification" as it relates to minors seeking abortions. Featured guest is Paul Linton, Special Counsel to the Thomas Moore Society.

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Monday, August 21, 2006
Today's show discusses "Executive Orders" and funding for embriotic stem cell research. Featured guest is Illinois State Representative David Reis-Effingham.

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Monday, June 19, 2006
Today's show deals with immigration.

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Monday, May 15, 2006
Today's show features Mari Lou Gervacio.
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