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Catholic Charities Asks Judge for Clarification

Catholic Charities units across Illinois are asking a Springfield judge to clarify whether the state can stop referring new foster care cases to them.

Dioceses in Springfield, Peoria and Joliet filed an emergency motion Friday seeking clarification of an order issued Tuesday.

The state sought to immediately end contracts with Catholic Charities because the not-for-profit agency refused to recognize the new civil union law. A Sangamon County judge ruled the abrupt termination of the contracts could affect foster kids' well-being, and he put the move on hold.

The state said a day later it wouldn't cut off funding to Catholic Charities, but would halt referring them new foster care cases.

Attorney general spokeswoman Robyn Ziegler says the office is reviewing the motion and will respond in court next week.

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