Catholic Citizens of Illinois, founded in 1996 to bring the Catholic faith to the public square

Catholic Citizens of Illinois was founded in 1996 by a group of Catholics who were concerned by trends in voting behavior and public opinion polls which pointed toward a breakdown in group consciousness among Catholic lay people in Illinois and across America.

Welcome to www.catholiccitizens.org! Thanks for visiting us at Catholic Citizens of Illinois! We have assembled this web site to serve as a source of news, views and events of interest to Illinois Catholics. This website was established in the spring of 2002. Since that time, our website has been producing a weekly E-newsletter and recieved numerous awards for fidelity, ease of use, and accuracy.

There are no annoying popup ads at this site, and never will be. We do not solicit or accept advertisements, nor to we solicit links to other sites. Subscribers and users can every easily opt in or opt out of newsletters and press releases by adding their email, or adding email addresses for their friends and family members.

This website includes the following sections:

HOME - The home page is a summary of the most current press releases, viewpoints (called 'For the Media') and items of Catholic 'News." To the right along the rail we list events. Below each of catagories, you can expand the page to show more stories.

ABOUT US Information about CCI and about the site.

Catholic News - Recent news stories impacting Catholics.

Catholic Views - Editorials and opinions impacting Catholics.

Events - a calendar of upcoming events impacting Catholics

NEWLETTERS - In addition to the weekly web updates, we offer a quarterly newsletter in a magazine format. This award winning quarterly is sent exclusively to our financial supporters (suggested donation is $35 to help defray mailing and production costs.) Back issues of the Newsletter are available in PDF Adobe format.

CONTACT US - If you have questions or comments, please see the email addresses that have been provided.

SEARCH - SEARCH will scan the archives based on words or phrases you select. Depending on the age of your computer, this search could take a few minutes, but there are several thousand articles on this site.


Catholic Citizens of Illinois was founded in 1996 by a group of Catholics who were concerned by trends in voting behavior and public opinion polls which pointed toward a breakdown in group consciousness among Catholic lay people in Illinois and across America.

More and more, Catholics in public life are becoming indistinguishable from other Americans, with growing support for abortion, divorce, euthanasia, and other societal ills. Even worse, a veil of ignorance has fallen over Catholic America, obscuring Catholic lay people's understanding of their faith and calling into question their responsibility to serve as witnesses to Christ in the midst of human society.

Against these ugly trends, Catholic Citizens of Illinois is today working for a restoration of traditional Catholic values to the public life of Illinois. Through effective, non-partisan programs, Catholic Citizens of Illinois is actively addressing American culture and public policy from a perspective formed in strict fidelity to the Magisterium and in loyalty to the bishops and the Holy Father.

The Catholic Citizen is Catholic Citizens of Illinois' quarterly newsletter. It covers Illinois public life and culture from a Catholic perspective. Annual membership ($35.00) includes a subscription to the The Catholic Citizen.

For a subscription to the newsletter only, the annual contribution is $10.00 (to cover printing & mailing).

Thousands of Catholics all over the United States have joined us in Illinois in the fight to restore and defend authentic Catholic culture. For copies of our membership brochure, which we encourage you to share with your friends at church, please email your request to admin@catholiccitizens.org.


Catholic Citizens of Illinois only exists because of the generous gifts of people like you. The average donation we recieve is $35. For current members, if you would like for us to send a gift subscription of our quarterly newsletter to a parent, son, daughter or other relative, please send us their name and we'll keep them updated.

Thanks for sharing your time with us, and God bless you!


Meet the People of the CatholicCitizens.org.

Executive Staff
Dan  Cheely   - Vice President
Mary Anne Hackett   - President & CEO, Catholic Citizens of Illinois
Susan  Emily  Jordan   - Fundraising Consultant - Vice President for Development
Arlene Sawicki   - Secretary

Board of Directors
Steve Bock   - Equity Research Analyst
Nicola  M. Costello   - Sales Representative for Zoom Media Connect
Cristov Dosev   - Mardoc Properties, LP
. Julie Grisolano    - Americans for Prosperity Foundation
Gerard  D. Haderlein   - Attorney at Law
Stephen Jordan   - Treasurer
Kevin  Edward White, Esq.   - Principal, Kevin Edward White Associates

Advisory Board
Dr. William  A. Donohue   - President & CEO of the Catholic League for Religious & Civil Rights
Deacon Keith  Fournier   - www.commongoodmovement.com
Mrs. Helen  Hull Hitchcock   - Director of Women for Faith & Family and Editor of Adoremus Bulletin
Karl Maurer   - Financial Advisor
Joseph A.  Morris   - Morris & De La Rosa
Patrick J. Reilly   - President & CEO, Cardinal Newman Society
Michael S. Rose   - Journalist, Author, Lecturer
Phyllis Schlafly   - President, Eagle Forum

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