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Catholic Conference Hour

3rd Monday Monthly 9-10 a.m.
Relevant Radio 950-AM
Bob Gilligan

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 his guests give expert analysis on how proposed laws relate to the principles of Catholic social teaching.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Illinois Catholic Health Association Executive Director Patrick Cacchione address the controversy over Senate Bill 1564, which modifies Illinois' Health Care Right of Conscience Act. Segment II: Sr. Ann Scholz, SSND, Director for Social Mission of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, talks about the letters the organization sent to the presidential candidates, their running mates and their party chairs asking for civil discourse as we approach the November 8 election. Segment III: Jim Ennis, Executive Director of Catholic Rural Life, talks to Bob about the Catholic perspective on a recent 4-part investigative series in the Chicago Tribune about mega-hog farms in downstate Illinois. Segment IV: Bryant Jackson-Green, a criminal justice policy analyst with the Illinois Policy Institute, joins Bob to talk about a recent public opinion poll commissioned by IPI that shows the public wants bold reform of the state's criminal justice system. Segment V: Pat Shehorn, board member of Aid for Women, talks about the organizations annual dinner on Wednesday, September 21 at the Union League Club.
Monday, August 15, 2016 | Stream | Download

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Discussing the recent rash of voilence and shootings in Chicago and across the nation. Guest: Fr. Tom Walsh. Segment II; Pilot Program for a Restorative Justice Community Court. Segment III: What the stopgap Illinois budget really means for Catholic Charities and other social service providers. Guest: Stephanie Murray. Segment IV: Illinois Right to Life Barnyard Bash. Guest: Regina D'Amico.
Monday, July 18, 2016 | Stream | Download

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Sr. Cathy Ryan lf Maryville Academy joins Bob to talk about Maryville's new direction. Segment II: Ned Dolesji of the California Catholic Conference joins Bob to discuss California's new physician-assisted suicide law. Segment III; David Yepsen with the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University joins Bob to talk about the new report by the institute that compiles results from it's public opinion polls over the past nine years. Segment IV: Greg Schleppenbach, new Director of Pro-life Activites at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, talks about taking over for Richard Doerflinger who has retired.
Monday, June 20, 2016 | Stream | Download

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

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.
Monday, May 16, 2016 | Stream | Download

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

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.
Monday, April 18, 2016 | Stream | Download

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