On October 19, 2007, the Board of Directors unanimously approved 44 grants to 23 non-profit organizations totaling $3,346,532. On June 5, 2008, the Board approved an additional $16,000 in grants to four existing grantees. The grant total for FY 08 was $3,362,532.
Cabrini Green Legal Aid Clinic ($60,000) Chicago
To assist hundreds of low-income people with their family law problems ($30,000);
To assist individuals wishing to expunge arrest records and/or seal non-violent, misdemeanor convictions in order to obtain employment and attain economic self-sufficiency ($30,000).
Center for Analysis of Alternative Dispute Resolution Systems ($70,000) Downstate
To develop mediation centers in two downstate circuits to meet pressing legal needs in family, housing and consumer matters.
Center for Conflict Resolution ($135,000)
To assist thousands of people throughout Cook County in resolving a wide array of disputes through mediation.
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless ($15,000)
To provide outreach and legal information on education rights to homeless parents, youth and children.
Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. ($20,000)
To support pro se guidance in employment discrimination settlement conferences via the Settlement Appointment Program in federal court.
Chicago Legal Clinic ($100,000)
To provide legal education, resources and referrals for Cook County residents faced with foreclosure proceedings at an Advice Desk in the Chancery Division of the Cook County Circuit Court ($50,000);
To provide legal education, resources and referrals for Cook County residents dealing with paternity and child support issues at an Advice Desk in the Expedited Child Support Division of the Cook County Circuit Court ($50,000).
Chicago Volunteer Legal Services ($100,000)
To protect hundreds of children by serving as Guardian Ad Litem in Cook County probate guardianship cases ($50,000);
To support the Access to Justice Program in its appointed representation of low-income families facing foreclosure, subsidized housing eviction and other Chancery Court matters at the Richard J. Daley Center.
Coordinated Advice & Referral Program for Legal Services ($324,000)
To help thousands of low-income people in Cook County by providing legal advice, self-help materials, guidance on how to use the court system and referrals through a telephone hotline ($254,000);
To assist unrepresented parties with advice, information and form preparation at the Domestic Relations Self-Help Desk ($35,000); and
To assist unrepresented parties with advice, information and form preparation at the Collections Self-Help Desk ($35,000) in the Cook County Circuit Court.
DePaul College of Law Asylum & Immigration Clinic ($21,532)
To support the Legal Resources Project For Immigrant Services Providers ability to provide legal information to low-income immigrants and refugees through its network of local community-based organization partners.
Equip for Equality ($135,000)
Chicago, Rock Island, Carbondale & Springfield
To provide legal information on the American with Disabilities Act, special education and guardianship to people with disabilities across the state through the Training Institute ($65,000);
To provide legal advice, information and referrals on special education legal issues via a telephone helpline ($70,000).
Illinois Legal Aid Online ($200,000)
To support the Statewide Virtual Self-Help Center that provides Illinois residents with user-friendly online legal resources and interactive forms to help them better resolve their legal problems and which coordinates, supports and provides technical assistance to legal information projects across the state.
Immigration Project ($50,000)
To support monthly legal information and advice clinics in nine downstate communities with large immigration populations.
Kankakee Center for Conflict Resolution of the John R. Tate Advocacy Center ($37,500)
To assist people throughout Kankakee County in resolving a wide array of disputes through mediation.
Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation ($760,000)
Alton, Champaign, East St. Louis, Carbondale and Springfield
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 ($254,000);
To help elderly people in 25 counties in central and southern Illinois by providing legal assistance for elder abuse and neglect, guardianship, health and long-term care issues and consumer matters through senior centers, nursing homes and home visits ($50,000);
To provide low-income people in 65 counties with representation on family, housing and consumer law cases ($370,000); and
To operate legal information centers in the Madison, Champaign and Macon County Courthouses as well as local libraries in the Second Judicial Circuit; to develop similar centers in Sangamon and Logan Counties; and to develop the Peoples Law School in Champaign ($86,000).
Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing ($17,000)
To support a Pro Bono Coordinator and a Legal Assistant position to increase and improve pro bono representation of low-income defendants facing eviction and other housing matters.
Legal Aid Bureau of Metropolitan Family Services ($90,000)
To protect and support families on the south side of Chicago in which grandparents are assuming full-time parenting roles and to protect seniors abused by guardians and caregivers ($50,000);
To support an attorney position to provide legal advice, information and representation on housing and consumer issues to low-income people served by the Calumet and Midway service offices ($40,000).
Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago ($316,270)
Chicago & Suburban Cook County
To support a bilingual domestic violence/family law attorney in the northwest Chicago service office to focus on the needs of Latina immigrant families ($41,270);
To protect elderly people throughout Cook County against consumer fraud by providing information and legal assistance ($55,000);
To help low-income families with housing legal issues in the south suburbs ($45,000);
To help victims of domestic violence in 22 western Cook County suburbs by providing information, advice and legal assistance ($45,000);
To provide legal representation for public housing tenants affected by the Chicago Housing Authority’s Plan for Transformation ($45,000);
To provide legal services to families victimized by rescue fraud via the Home Ownership Preservation Project ($55,000); and
To protect military personnel and veterans against consumer fraud by providing information and legal assistance ($30,000).
Life Span Center for Legal Services ($50,000)
To provide domestic violence and family law assistance to battered immigrant women in Jefferson Park.
National Immigrant Justice Center ($50,000)
Chicago, Berwyn, Waukegan
To educate immigrants on consumer and immigration issues in partnership with Instituto del Progresso Latino.
Prairie State Legal Services ($692,230)
Carol Stream, Waukegan, Galesburg, Peoria, Ottawa, Batavia and St. Charles
To serve thousands of low-income people in 35 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 ($254,000);
To provide representation to victims of domestic violence and families in crisis, families with housing emergencies, victims of consumer fraud and senior citizens in northern and western Illinois ($325,000); and
To operate legal information centers in Winnebago, McLean, Lake and Kankakee county courthouses and to assist in the development of similar centers in Boone, Tazwell and Iroquois counties ($113,230).
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law ($30,000)
To educate domestic violence survivors, social service providers and landlords on the provisions of the Illinois Safe Homes Act.
Southern Illinois University School of Law Foundation ($39,000)
To help low-income families and children resolve custody and visitation issues by providing mediation services through its Alternative Dispute Resolution Clinic in nine counties in the First Judicial Circuit ($20,000);
To educate thousands of people in southern Illinois by providing access to legal information by mail, via the internet and a community outpost ($16,500); and
To educate immigrants on their legal rights via a program at the Ullin Tri-County Detention Center and via naturalization classes in the Carbondale community ($2,500).
Will County Legal Assistance Program ($50,000)
To support victims of domestic violence in Will County by providing comprehensive legal services to facilitate permanent escape from abuse ($25,000);
To provide representation to families in housing crisis and to low-income people impacted by consumer fraud ($25,000).