by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki
Illinois politicians in recent years have saddled our state with a series of serious evils, among them being taxpayer-funded abortion, same-sex marriage, and the widespread proliferation of video gambling. Now Illinois’ new governor, J.B. Pritzker, was joined by Democratic lawmakers in Chicago on May 4 to announce plans to legalize recreational marijuana in the state starting next year. This follows their recent introduction of extreme pro-abortion legislation seeking to make good on Gov. Pritzker’s pledge to make Illinois the most pro-abortion state in the Union. It seems that Pritzker and like-minded lawmakers are intent on driving Illinois deeper into a cesspool of immorality. I have joined the rest of the bishops of Illinois in voicing our opposition to the legalization of marijuana.