For 2001, the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation made grants totaling $476,660 to fourteen organizations. In some cases a single recipient received grants in more than one funding category. The grant recipients, along with a description of the purpose of the grant(s), are listed below:
Alternative Dispute Resolution Clinic/Southern Illinois University School of Law ($10,000)
To help low income families and children to resolve custody and visitation ssues by providing mediation services in thirteen counties in southern Illinois.
Center for Conflict Resolution ($35,000)
To assist thousands of people throughout Cook County in resolving a wide array of disputes through mediation.
Chicago Volunteer Legal Services ($25,000)
To protect hundreds of children and young adults by serving as Guardian Ad Litem in Cook County guardianship cases.
Coordinated Advice & Referral Program for Legal Services ($47,000)
To help thousands of low income and disadvantaged people in Cook County by providing general information on how to use the legal system, free legal advice and self-help materials, and referrals when necessary through a telephone hotline.
DuPage Legal Assistance Foundation ($20,000)
To assist homeless people and victims of domestic violence by providing efficient and cost effective legal services in DuPage County.
Illinois Technology Center for Law & the Public Interest ($20,000)
To help people throughout the state of Illinois to understand their legal rights and responsibilities by providing basic legal information to the public through a statewide, Internet-based service.
Kankakee Center for Conflict Resolution/Victims Assistance Center ($10,000)
To assist people throughout Kankakee County by providing mediation services on a broad range of issues.
Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation ($71,065)
Alton and Springfield
To serve thousands of low income people in 65 counties in southern and central Illinois by providing general information on how to use the legal system, free legal advice and self-help materials, and referrals when necessary through a telephone hotline ($47,000);
To help elderly people in 8 counties in and around Springfield by providing legal assistance for elder abuse and neglect, guardianship, health and long-term care, and consumer issues through senior centers, nursing homes and home visits ($15,674);
To assist low income people with landlord/tenant issues by providing information and assistance in the Sangamon County courthouse ($8,391).
Legal Aid Bureau of Metropolitan Family Services ($19,095)
To help low-income parents and children throughout Cook County to collect unpaid child support.
Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago ($80,000)
To protect elderly people throughout Cook County against consumer fraud by providing information and assistance ($40,000);
To help victims of domestic violence in 22 western suburbs of Cook County by providing information, advice and assistance ($40,000).
Prairie State Legal Services ($112,000)
Bloomington, Rock Island, Carol Stream & Waukegan
To serve thousands of low income people in 29 counties in northern and central Illinois by providing general information on how to use the legal system, free legal advice and self-help materials, and referrals when necessary through a telephone hotline ($47,000);
To serve senior citizens and victims of domestic violence in McLean, Livingston and Woodford counties by offering information, advice and assistance ($40,000);
To assist victims of domestic violence in the Illinois half of the Quad Cities and in Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Whiteside counties ($25,000).
Self Help Legal Center/Southern Illinois University School of Law ($10,500)
To serve people in 16 counties in rural southern Illinois by providing access to legal information by mail, Internet, and in-person, including placing 2 Internet terminals at libraries and Circuit Clerk’s offices for direct access to the Center’s services.
Uptown Peoples Law Center ($5,000)
To assist people throughout the state of Illinois by distributing newsletters addressing legal issues of concern to families.
Will County Legal Assistance Program ($12,000)
To support victims of domestic violence in Will County by providing legal information publications, educational programs and community outreach.