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1:33 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

St. Louis Catholic institutions file birth control suits

St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson speaks at a press conference on May 21, 2012.
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Updated 5:10 p.m.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities of St. Louis are among dozens of Roman Catholic institutions suing the Obama administration over a mandate that most employers provide birth control coverage.

The archdiocese and Catholic Charities filed suit Monday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis. The other suits from around the country were also filed Monday.

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Illinois / Foster Care / Adoption / Civil Unions
5:48 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

Catholic Charities withdraws civil unions lawsuit

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Catholic Charities says it's withdrawing from a legal battle over Illinois' civil unions law and no longer is providing state-funded services.

The move ends the group's long history in Illinois of providing foster care and adoptions.

Diocese officials in Joliet, Springfield and Belleville say Monday's decision was reached with reluctance. The Catholic Diocese of Peoria withdrew last month.

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Illinois / Foster Care / Adoption / Civil Unions
4:45 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Peoria Diocese quits court fight over civil unions

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Reporting by Alex Rusciano of WCBU was used in this report.

Updated at 5:08 p.m. with Associated Press information regarding appeal.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria is withdrawing its fight to regain state-funded social service contracts.  A circuit judge in Springfield recently ruled that the State Department of Children and Family Services can cancel its adoption and foster care contracts with Catholic Charities.  

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Illinois / Foster Care / Adoption / Civil Unions
11:40 am
Fri September 9, 2011

Hearing on hold in dispute over Catholic adoptions

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Catholic Charities is delaying its plan to ask a judge to reconsider or stay his ruling that Illinois officials may cut off the nonprofit's state contracts for adoptions and foster care placements.

A hearing had been scheduled Friday in Springfield on Catholic Charities' quest to have a Sangamon County judge rethink or hold off enforcing his recent ruling that favored the state.

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Mo. Special Session
6:49 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Mo. Senate committee passes economic development bill

A Missouri Senate committee has passed a massive economic development bill. The full Senate will consider the bill on Thursday, Sept. 8.
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The legislation contains numerous tax incentives, but also places caps and expiration dates on some frequently used programs.

The bill caps historic preservation tax credits at $80 million per year and low-income housing incentives at $110 million per year. 

Kevin Klingerman with Catholic Charities St. Louis told the committee that capping the circuit breaker tax break for renters would hurt the poor and elderly in Missouri.

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Illinois / Foster Care / Adoption / Civil Unions
3:09 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Catholic Charities to appeal foster-care ruling

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An attorney for Catholic Charities says the not-for-profit agency will appeal a judge's ruling that the state of Illinois can stop working with the group on adoptions and foster-care placements.

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Illinois / Foster Care / Adoption / Civil Unions
3:18 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

Ill. judge rules against Catholics on foster care

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A central Illinois judge has ruled that Catholic Charities does not have a right to state contracts for adoptions and foster care placements and Illinois officials may cut them off.

The state Department of Children and Family Services ended $30 million in contracts with Catholic Charities in July because the not-for-profit won't work with unmarried couples in placing children in adoptive and foster homes. Illinois authorities say that violates the state's civil union law.

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Illinois / Foster Care / Adoption / Civil Unions
6:05 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

S. Ill. Catholic organization wants to join foster care suit

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Catholic Social Services of Southern Illinois is asking to join a lawsuit against the state over foster placements to gay couples.

The organization is affiliated with the Belleville diocese.

The Department of Children and Family Services ended its foster-care and adoption services with Catholic Charities July 1 because it says the group discriminates by not allowing gay couples to take kids.

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Illinois / Foster Care / Adoption / Civil Unions
12:06 pm
Mon July 18, 2011

Ill. must refer foster kids to Catholic agency

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A judge has confirmed that Illinois must temporarily continue referring foster children to Catholic Charities, despite the group's policy on gay couples.

The Department of Children and Family Services had taken the position it could maintain current cases but did not have to send new children to the not-for-profit group. Both sides agreed Monday that new cases will be referred.

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Illinois / Foster Care / Adoption / Civil Unions
12:57 pm
Mon July 11, 2011

Quinn defends civil unions law in adoption dispute

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is defending the state's new civil unions law in a dispute over adoptions with Catholic Charities.

State officials say they won't renew foster care and adoption contracts with the group that has received state money for placing children.

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