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‘Choose Life!’ is Jim’s Motto

By Matt Abbott
Catholic Online

Jim Finnegan is a faithful Catholic and veteran pro-life activist, courageous and compassionate. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing him for the last several years.

Finnegan, an Illinois resident and retired businessman, is married with seven children and a number of grandchildren. He has supported and been involved in various pro-life endeavors over the years, among them Vote Life America (, an organization he co-founded with fellow activist Arlene Sawicki to “bring the message of the tragedy and horror of abortion to … district legislator's offices and to demonstrate … outrage against their continuous support of the ‘culture of death.’”

In fact, Finnegan told in 2003 that “My sole voting determination is how the candidate stands on the abortion issue. How he has acted, not necessarily what he might claim. I am unapologetically a one issue voter.”

He is also president of Illinois Choose Life (, an organization formed “to promote the creation of a Choose Life specialty license plate in the state of Illinois. When this Choose Life license plate becomes available, Illinois Choose Life will promote awareness of its availability and of the benefits of selecting the Choose Life plate,” which “are the opportunities created to encourage and assist adoption of children in Illinois. The funds generated from sales of the Choose Life license plate will become available to homes for unwed mothers, pregnancy help centers, adoption agencies, and organizations that provide help for foster and special needs children.”

In addition, Finnegan is the co-chairman of the Nativity Scene Committee – affectionately known as the “God Squad” -- a group of devout Christians that, since the 1980s, has erected a large nativity scene every year at Christmastime in Chicago’s Daley Plaza.

God bless ya, Jim!


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