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Catholic Conference Hour

3rd Monday Monthly 8-9 a.m.
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: Greg Schleppenbach, associate director of pro-life activities at the USCCB, talks to Bob about conscience protections afforded by new rules recently issued by the federal Department of Health and Human Services. Segment II: Stanley Carlson-Thies, senior director of the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance, joins Bob to discuss the religious freedom concerns of the Equality Act which amends the federal Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Segment III: Andy Duran, executive director of the Lake Forest-based LEAD, talks to Bob about the progress of marijuana legalization at the state capitol. LEAD is a substance abuse prevention organization that opposes the legalization of marijuan
Monday, May 20, 2019 | Stream | Download

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Kathleen Gallagher, director of pro-life activities for the New York State Catholic Conference, joins Bob to talk about the fall-out from that state's passage of extreme abortion legislation in January. Segment II: Jenn Briemann, executive director of the Maryland Catholic Conference, talks to Bob about how physician-assisted suicide legislation suddenlyl took off this spring. Segment III: Robert McCoppin, a reporter for the Chicago Tribune who coverd marijuana and it's legalization efforts, joins Bob to talk about how things are going in Illinoiis. Segment IV: Michael O'Rourke, policy advisor with the U.S. Conference of Cathollic Bishops, talks to Bob about federal criminal justice reforms embodied in the First Step Act.
Monday, April 15, 2019 | Stream | Download

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Paul Linton, a nationally-known attorney on abortion law, talks about abortion legislation that is pending before the Illinois legislature. Segment II: Melissa Hastings of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops joins Bob to talk about potential federal legislation that would help Dreamers and those individuals with Temporary Protected Status. Segment III: Don Carlson of Illinois People's Action joins Bob to talk about House Bill 2468, which would cap exorbitant rates on car title loans.
Monday, March 18, 2019 | Stream | Download

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Peter Steinfels, former editor of Commonweal magazine and a religion reporter for the New York Times, joins Bob to talk about the essay he wrote a few weeks ago in which he extensively examined the Pennsylvania grand jury report. Segment II: Clarke Forsythe, general counsel of Americans United for Life, joins Bob to talk about two abortion bills introduced this week: one that would repeal Illinois' parental notification law, and the other that would repeal the state's current law regulating abortion. Segment III: Sen. Chuck Weaver, R-Peoria, joins Bob to talk about Senate Bill 156, which would allow inmates in the state's prisons access to online job sites so they can apply for jobs for when they are released. Segment IV: Kris Cortes, board memeber of Aid for Women, joins Bob to talk about the organization's new location in Flossmoor.
Monday, February 18, 2019 | Stream | Download

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Alex Berenson joins Bob to talk about his just-released book, "Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence." Segment II: Anthony Holter, executive director of Empower Illinois, talks to Bob about the just-opened application process for Year 2 of the Tax Credit Scholarship program. Segment III: Kevin Appleby, senior director for the Center for Migration Studies, joins Bob to offer some clarity on what is really happening with immigrants and refugees along the border with Mexico. Segment IV: Rep. Jeanne Ivestalks to Bob about her tenure in the Illinois Legislature and the final email she sent out to her constituents about the state's dire financial situation.
Monday, January 21, 2019 | Stream | Download

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