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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (Credit: CBS)

Durbin, Schakowsky Vow To Fight Food Stamp Cuts

A pair of liberal lawmakers are pledging opposition to conservative plans for $40 billion in cuts to the food stamp program over the next ten years.

08/05/2013

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Survivors Group Opposes Deportation Of Priest Who Abused 8-Year-Old

A 40-year-old priest who served time in an Illinois prison for abusing an 8-year-old boy is set to be deported to his native Bolivia – but the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests is opposing deportation.

07/09/2013

Cardinal Francis George joins several African-American religious leaders to voice opposition to proposed legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois. (Credit: CBS)

SNAP Members Praise Cardinal George’s Handling Of Joliet Abuse Case

But at the same time – their flier and their members – asked parishioners to ask the cardinal for more: to release more files on abusive priests.

04/07/2013

Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds announces his 2012 campaign for the congressional seat he once held in the 1990s. (CBS).

SNAP Opposes Reynolds’ Run For Congress

Mel Reynolds’ decision to run for Congress has riled up a group that advocates on behalf of priest sex abuse victims.

11/29/2012

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SNAP President: New Vatican Guidelines Not Likely To Stop Priest Sex Abuse

The worldwide priest sex abuse scandal is the focus of a gathering of hundreds of Catholic bishops and priests in Rome this week. But the president of the Survivors’ Network of Those Abused by Priests calls it a PR maneuver.

WBBM Newsradio–02/08/2012

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SNAP Protests After Priest Says Mass Amid Abuse Allegations

Members of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests were handing out leaflets outside Holy Name Cathedral on Sunday.

CBS Chicago–01/23/2012

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Group Puts Pressure On Archdiocese To Remove Priest

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests says the Chicago archdiocese has had enough time to decide that allegations against a north suburban priest are credible-and should remove him immediately.

08/31/2011

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Church’s Sex Abuse Reforms Denounced As ‘Minor’

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests is denouncing plans by Roman Catholic bishops to update sex abuse guidelines, saying the update is nothing more than a public relations move.

CBS Chicago–06/14/2011

Debit cards replaced paper food stamp coupons in 2004. (Tim Boyle/ Getty Images)

Food Stamp Surge In Illinois

Even as the economy grew and the unemployment rate began to shrink, the number of Illinois households getting food stamps hit record levels in December, showing no signs of an economic recovery, and area food pantries say they’ve continued to see more people asking for help.

01/15/2011