The Illinois attorney general's office is looking at a Chicago mayoral candidate's charitable foundation after he's handed out more than $300,000 in cash and checks to local residents.

A prayer vigil was held in Peoria Thursday following the killing of nine people at a historic African American church this week in South Carolina.  The event was held at Ward Chapel AME Church.  Pastor Elaine Gordon says the vigil’s message is to both oppose injustice and try to heal:

Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who played a key role in the church's response to the clergy sex abuse scandal, has died. He was 78.

The Vatican this week is expected to release a report on Catholic sisters in the U.S., five years after Rome began its inquiry. In a new book, several sisters reflect on the surprising effect the Vatican's scrutiny has had on their lives and their view of the church. Illinois Public Radio's Judy Valente spoke with three of the authors of "Power of Sisterhood."  

IL religious leaders want concealed-carry changes

Jul 15, 2013

Illinois' new concealed carry law forbids people from bringing guns into schools, hospitals and casinos.  A group of religious leaders say they want the same protection for places of worship.  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky has more.

Central Illinois churches react to new Boy Scouts policy

Jun 24, 2013

A month has gone by since the Boy Scouts of America National Council voted to begin accepting openly gay scouts, effective next year.