For 2003, the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation awarded more than $465,000 in grants to twelve
not-for-profit organizations that help Illinois’ most vulnerable residents use the legal system to resolve crises that affect their safety and long-term stability. The recipients area as follows:
Center for Conflict Resolution ($32,000)
To assist thousands of people throughout Cook County in resolving a wide array of disputes through mediation.
Chicago Legal Clinic ($8,000)
To provide education, resources and referrals for Cook County residents faced with foreclosure proceedings.
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 ($45,000);
To assist unrepresented parties with information and guidance in the Domestic Relations branch of the Cook County Circuit Court ($8,000).
Kankakee Center for Conflict Resolution of the Victims Assistance Center ($8,000)
To assist people throughout Kankakee County by providing mediation services on a broad range of issues.
Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation ($88,621)
Alton, Champaign, East St. Louis, Carbondale 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 ($45,000);
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 ($30,000);
To provide information and assistance to low income people with landlord/tenant issues in the Sangamon County courthouse and to offer resources to unrepresented litigants in the Champaign County courthouse with small claims, housing and family law matters ($13,621).
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 ($99,100)
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 ($648,300)
Carol Stream, Waukegan, Galesburg, Peoria, Ottawa, Batavia and St. Charles
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 ($45,000);
To serve senior citizens and victims of domestic violence in 6 counties around Galesburg by offering information, advice and legal assistance ($14,000);
To provide legal assistance to the elderly and to families confronting domestic violence in McLean, Livingston and Woodford Counties ($14,000);
To offer the public legal information, forms and Internet-based materials through a Community Access Center at the Lake County Courthouse ($16,100);
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).
To help low income families and children to resolve custody and visitation issues by providing mediation services in thirteen counties in southern Illinois ($8,000).
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 ($9,000).
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.