Illinois Catholic bishops sued for conspiracy

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Illinois Catholic bishops and a number of dioceses are tied up in a lawsuit linked to sexual harassment and assault cases.

Of those named in the lawsuit, is the diocese in Springfield.

Three sexual abuse survivors will be speaking publicly for the first time about sexual abuse and how their reports are being handled in the dioceses of Springfield, Rockford and Peoria.

The news conference is happening at 11 a.m. in Chicago on Thursday, October 18.

During the conference, survivors will announce the lawsuit.

Survivors will speak about the dioceses failures to act on allegations of sexual abuse, demand the release of the files of the history of each priest, and demand full disclosure of all the credibly accused offenders in the Dioceses of Springfield, Rockford and Belleville where no disclosures have been made to-date.

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