The Illinois Equal Justice Foundation (IEJF) announced awards today of over $1.3 million in grants to 13 not-for-profit organizations providing legal representation, information, and advice to 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> Read More
Welcomes Three New Members
At its Annual Meeting on June 26, 2013, the Board of Directors unanimously elected Daniel P. Broadhurst of Natoma Partners, LLC as President, Margaret A. Daley of Duff & Phelps as Vice President, Richard M. Levin of Bank of America Merrill Lynch as Treasurer and Joseph Torres of Winston & Strawn as Secretary.
The Board also elected three new members: Dorothy Capers of US Foods Inc., Kendric Cobb of Caterpillar Inc. and Keith Emmons of Meyer Capel. New members are eligible to serve two three-year terms.> Read More
Deadline for comments is May 31
The Grant Committee of the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation (IEJF) has released a draft of its fiscal year 2014 grant criteria for public comment. The IEJF distributes funds allocated by the Illinois General Assembly to non-profit organizations that provide civil legal aid to low-income families, seniors and veterans throughout the state.
According to the guidelines set by the Illinois Equal Justice Act (30 ILCS 765/) passed in 1999, the IEJF makes grants in five categories: legal information for the public; self-help legal assistance projects; mediation; telephone advice and referral services; and civil legal assistance. The only changes recommended by the Grant Committee involve report and other deadline dates.> Read More
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.> Read More
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.> Read More