The Illinois Equal Justice Foundation announces its 2018 grant awards. Information about grants from previous years are listed below.
On December 5, 2017, the Board of Directors unanimously approved grants to 26 non-profit organizations totaling $1,135,000. These grants were made possible by consumer settlement funds awarded to the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation (IEJF) by Attorney General Lisa Madigan for the IEJF’s general grants program with an eye towards increasing services for low-income people impacted by consumer law issues.
LAF (Cook County) ($200,000)
To support attorney positions in the consumer practice group who provide civil legal assistance on consumer matters to senior citizens and low-income families in Cook County.
Prairie State Legal Services (Bloomington, Galesburg, Joliet, Kankakee, McHenry, Ottawa, Peoria, Rockford, Rock Island, St. Charles, Waukegan and Wheaton) ($175,000)
To serve thousands of low-income people in 36 counties in northern and central Illinois by providing legal advice, self-help materials, guidance on how to use the court system and referrals through a telephone hotline.
Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation (Alton, Champaign, East St. Louis, Carbondale and Springfield) ($105,000)
To serve thousands of low-income people in 65 counties in central and southern Illinois by providing legal advice, self-help materials, guidance on how to use the court system and referrals through a telephone hotline.
Illinois Legal Aid Online (Statewide) ($97,000)
To support the development and provision of critical, reliable and user-friendly web-based legal information to lower-income and vulnerable Illinoisans facing legal problems.
Coordinated Advice & Referral Program for Legal Services (Cook County) ($60,000)
To assist unrepresented parties with advice, information and form preparation at the Domestic Relations Self-Help Desk and the Collections Self-Help Desk at the Daley Center in the Cook County Circuit Court.
Equip for Equality (Chicago, Rock Island, Carbondale & Springfield) ($50,000)
To provide legal advice, information and referrals on special education legal issues through a statewide telephone helpline.
Chicago Legal Clinic (Cook County) ($40,000)
To provide direct representation to low-income people with family law issues in the Austin neighborhood.
Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (Cook County) ($40,000)
To provide civil legal assistance on housing matters impacting low-income renters.
Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (Cook County) ($35,000)
To implement a pro bono program to provide representation to low-income people on bankruptcy matters.
Center for Economic Progress (Cook County) ($35,000)
To provide financial capability and legal services focused on helping low-income consumers manage debt and build credit.
Legal Council for Health Justice (Chicago) ($30,000)
To provide legal advice and representation to lower-income families, seniors and veterans facing complex legal issues due to disabilities and special health needs.
Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (Chicago) ($25,000)
To provide legal representation to survivors of rape and prostitution who want assistance protecting their civil rights.
Life Span (Cook County) ($25,000)
To provide culturally-sensitive legal representation to Arab-American domestic violence survivors.
Uptown Peoples Law Center (Chicago) ($25,000)
To provide legal advice and representation on housing and social security issues to vulnerable members of the Uptown community.
Cabrini Green Legal Aid (Cook County) ($20,000)
To provide legal advice and representation to currently/formerly incarcerated parents on their family and housing law issues.
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (Cook County) ($20,000)
To provide legal information on education rights to homeless students and their families, unaccompanied youth, educators and advocates.
Chicago House & Social Service Agency (Cook County) ($20,000)
To provide self-help legal assistance on civil law matters to members of the transgender community.
Community Activism Law Alliance (Cook County) ($20,000)
To provide family and housing law assistance at three community-embedded sites.
Family Defense Center (Cook County) ($20,000)
To provide civil legal assistance to parents and caregivers wrongly accused of abuse and neglect.
Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services (Chicago) ($20,000)
To provide legal information, advice and representation to vulnerable Chicagoans on housing and consumer issues.
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law (Statewide) ($20,000)
To develop an online, mobile accessible resource to complement and promote the rollout of the second phase of Illinois’ web-based portal for public benefits.
Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project (Cook County and northern collar counties) ($15,000)
To support community legal education workshops in partnership with the Mexican Consulate in Chicago.
James B Moran Center for Youth Advocacy (Evanston & northern suburbs) ($10,000)
To support the Expungement and Sealing Self-Help Desk located in the Skokie Courthouse.
Metropolitan Tenants Organization (Cook County) ($10,000)
To provide legal information on housing matters impacting low-income renters.
Working Family Solidarity (Chicago) ($10,000)
To provide legal information to the underserved communities of Englewood, Back of the Yards and North Lawndale via extensive community outreach, small group meetings and monthly legal workshops.
Centro de Informacion (Kane County) ($8,000)
To coordinate and host legal information seminars on a variety of topics for Spanish-speaking immigrants.