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  • One man’s kindness spurs a city’s change of heart

    January 16 2018 by Rob Holmes, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    One man’s kindness spurs a city’s change of heart

    City officials last week ordered an Elgin, Ill., man to stop using his home to host “slumber parties” for the homeless. But this week, the city wants Greg Schiller’s help to find new ways to fill gaps in services for the homeless.

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  • Fighting taxpayer-funded abortion in Illinois

    December 6 2017 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD News Service | with 1 comments
    Fighting taxpayer-funded abortion in Illinois

    Opponents of an Illinois law that would allow state funding of abortion on demand for state employees and Medicaid recipients have filed suit. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the law, known as HB 40, earlier this year, and the Thomas More Society filed suit last week.

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  • Teen walks 300 miles, spotlights human trafficking

    July 3 2017 by Lisa Misner Sergent, Illinois Baptist State Association | with 0 comments
    Teen walks 300 miles, spotlights human trafficking

    Fourteen-year-old Lindsey Yoder walked 15 miles a day along the dusty back roads of southern Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee in a quest to raise awareness about human trafficking. She departed from Arthur Southern Baptist Church, where she and her family are members and arrived at Nashville’s Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park on June 24.

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  • Affirm LGBT lifestyles, foster care workers ordered

    June 2 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Affirm LGBT lifestyles, foster care workers ordered

    Foster care workers and families in Illinois must allow gay and transgender youth to express and explore their chosen gender identity and sexual orientation, according to a new state governmental directive. Termination is among the penalties workers with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services would face for violating the policy.

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  • Chicago church sues over stalled building purchase

    March 29 2017 by Meredith Flynn, Illinois Baptist | with 0 comments
    Chicago church sues over stalled building purchase

    Immanuel Baptist Church in Chicago has filed a federal lawsuit over the city’s enforcement of a zoning ordinance that won’t allow the congregation to purchase its building near the University of Illinois-Chicago campus. The church contends the ordinance is in conflict with the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.

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  • Deadly storms damage churches, Baptist college

    March 6 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Deadly storms damage churches, Baptist college

    Storms in the South and Midwest this week left at least four people dead, damaged church buildings and led to deployment of Baptist disaster relief workers in four states. The storm system killed three people in Illinois and one in Missouri, with at least 10-15 injured in Arkansas. At least seven states were affected.

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  • Illinois pro-lifers fight publicly-funded abortions bill

    February 22 2017 by Meredith Flynn, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Illinois pro-lifers fight publicly-funded abortions bill

    Pro-life advocates in Illinois are urging lawmakers to oppose legislation that would allow the use of public money to fund abortions. Illinois House Bill 40, currently awaiting a vote by the state’s House of Representatives, would strike from state law a provision that says Illinois’ medical assistance program cannot pay for abortions.

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  • Prayer strategy augments church’s missions focus

    February 10 2017 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Prayer strategy augments church’s missions focus

    Pastor Joel Newton anticipates Woodland Baptist Church will grow closer to God with the congregation’s new emphasis on prayer, adding to commitments to missions giving and going. The church embarked on its new “Choose 2 Prayer Partner Project.” “Everything begins with prayer,” Newton told Baptist Press. “Prayer was a priority for the New Testament church.”

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  • Bicycle ministry steering lives toward recovery

    July 28 2016 by Eric Reed and Morgan Jackson, Illinois Baptist | with 0 comments
    Bicycle ministry steering lives toward recovery

    Pastor Jeffrey Gee of Hurricane Memorial Baptist Church in Herrin, Ill., and volunteers taught children bike safety, complete with helmets and a course lined with orange traffic cones. The bikes were second-hand, but they had been repaired and spruced up in the church’s bike shop, which teaches former convicts a trade to keep them from returning to prison.

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  • Volunteer returns to site where husband died

    July 21 2016 by Brian Blackwell, Louisiana Baptist Message | with 0 comments
    Volunteer returns to site where husband died

    Two months had passed since Margie Fulkerson’s husband unexpectedly died from a heart attack at the same Louisiana home site where she was now working as a member of an Illinois Baptist disaster relief team. “He loved this kind of work and always wanted me to come with him,” she said. “I wanted to finish this for him.”

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  • Families sue government for redefining Title IX

    May 9 2016 by Lynde Langdon, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Families sue government for redefining Title IX

    Fifty-one families from the Chicago suburbs are saying “enough” to the Obama administration forcing schools to let boys and girls who identify as the opposite sex use the restrooms of their choice. The Illinois parents say there is no legal right to equate gender identity with biological sex.

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  • Missouri, Illinois flooding ‘bigger than people realize’

    February 5 2016 by Benjamin Hawkins, The Pathway | with 0 comments
    Missouri, Illinois flooding ‘bigger than people realize’

    Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams have taken on the daunting challenge of restoring flood-damaged homes continues to face many families around Missouri and Illinois after widespread flooding wreaked havoc in late December and early January. The flooding killed at least two people and affected roughly 5,000 homes...

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  • Illinois Baptists commit to 5 evangelism challenges

    December 2 2015 by Eric Reed & Meredith Flynn, Illinois Baptist | with 0 comments
    Illinois Baptists commit to 5 evangelism challenges

    At the Illinois Baptist State Association’s 109th annual meeting, messengers were invited to commit to gospel outreach in their own mission fields by placing a pin on a giant map of Illinois and investing the five commitments for Kingdom growth during the Nov. 11-12 meeting at First Baptist Church in Marion.

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  • Child use of medical marijuana ahead in Illinois

    January 14 2015 by World News Service/Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Child use of medical marijuana ahead in Illinois

    Children in Illinois will be eligible for medical marijuana prescriptions, according to rules announced by state health officials in late December. Under the new rules, implemented on New Year’s Day, children diagnosed with a qualifying debilitating condition will be able to obtain marijuana-infused products but not raw marijuana for smoking.

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