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Illinois Equal Justice Foundation Awards Grants to 14 Organizations Providing Civil Legal Services To Low-Income Residents Statewide

 
Press Release - January 22nd, 2013

Grants cut by 20% due to state budget woes

(CHICAGO)…The Illinois Equal Justice Foundation (IEJF) announced awards today of over $1.3 million in grants to 14 not-for-profit organizations providing legal representation, information and advice to low-income Illinoisans in legal crisis. The grants range in scope from funding for web-based legal information resources and telephone advice hotlines to mediation and full-scale litigation. Since its inception in 1999, the IEJF has awarded $20.6 million to organizations serving the civil legal needs of over 500,000 low-income families, seniors and veterans across Illinois.

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Civil Legal Aid Cut 20% in State Budget

 
Press Release - June 13th, 2012

Despite recent study demonstrating economic benefit to Illinois

(Chicago)…The Illinois Equal Justice Foundation (IEJF) reports that the state appropriation for civil legal aid was cut 20% from $1.75 million to $1.4 million in the budget recently passed by the General Assembly. The appropriation was slashed 50% from $3.5 million in 2010.

This latest cut comes a week after a study was released detailing the economic benefits that civil legal aid provides the state. The report, Legal Aid in Illinois: Selected Social and Economic Benefits, was commissioned by the Chicago Bar Foundation and the IEJF and researched by the Social IMPACT Research Center. It provides a snapshot of the economic return legal aid providers produce for their low-income clients and the state at large.

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Civil Legal Aid Programs Measure Their Impact

 
Press Release - May 24th, 2012

Study Shows Economic Benefits of Civil Legal Aid

The Chicago Bar Foundation and the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation released a report today to inform policymakers and other stakeholders about the tangible economic benefits of legal aid.

The report, Legal Aid in Illinois: Selected Social and Economic Benefits by the Social IMPACT Research Center, provides a snapshot of the economic return legal aid providers produce for their low-income clients and other Illinoisans.

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