Catholic couples in the Archdiocese of Chicago have had some form of marriage preparation for more than 50 years.

Catholic couples in the Archdiocese of Chicago have had some form of marriage preparation for more than 50 years. Now a bill under consideration by the Illinois Senate could mandate premarital education for most couples who marry in Illinois. The bill would encourage couples to get at least four hours of premarital education, focusing on communication skills and ways to resolve conflicts, from a religious institution or behavioral health professional. Those who do would be able to marry immediately upon receiving a license; those who don-t would have to wait 60 days.