For 2002, the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation made grants totaling $475,865 to ten 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:
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 ($27,500)
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 ($53,000)
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 ($46,000);
To assist unrepresented parties with information and guidance in the Domestic Relations branch of the Cook County Circuit Court ($7,000).
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 ($90,365)
Alton, Springfield, Mt. Vernon and Champaign
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 ($46,000);
To help elderly people in 13 counties in central and southern Illinois 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 ($27,000);
To assist low income people with landlord/tenant issues by providing information and assistance in the Sangamon County and Madison County courthouses ($14,365);
To help in the planning and development of a Court Navigation Project in the Champaign County courthouse to provide the public with legal information and courthouse guidance ($3,000).
Legal Aid Bureau of Metropolitan Family Services ($27,500)
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 legal assistance ($40,000);
To help victims of domestic violence in 22 western suburbs of Cook County by providing information, advice and legal assistance ($40,000).
Prairie State Legal Services ($108,500)
Galesburg, 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 ($46,000);
To serve senior citizens and victims of domestic violence in 6 counties around Galesburg by offering information, advice and legal assistance ($27,500);
To offer the public legal information, forms and Internet-based materials through a Community Access Center at the Lake County Courthouse ($25,000);
To assist senior citizens and families in crisis in Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Whiteside counties and the Illinois half of the Quad Cities ($10,000).
Southern Illinois University School of Law/Alternative Dispute Resolution Clinic ($10,000)
To help low-income families and children to resolve custody and visitation issues by providing mediation services in thirteen counties in southern Illinois.
Southern Illinois University School of Law/Self Help Legal Center ($9,000)
To serve thousands of people in 16 counties in rural southern Illinois by providing access to legal information by mail, Internet, and in-person, including placing Internet terminals at libraries and Circuit Clerk’s offices for direct access to the Center’s services.
Will County Legal Assistance Program ($25,000)
To support victims of domestic violence in Will County by providing comprehensive legal services to facilitate their permanent escape from abuse.