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Quinn signs ‘civil Gideon’ bill

- August 16th, 2013

With Illinois Supreme Court justices looking on, Gov. Patrick J. Quinn signed legislation Thursday that will set up a veterans’ legal hotline and make Illinois the second state in the nation to offer court-based legal counsel in some civil cases.

The measure, pushed by the high court, is funded by a new $10 filing charge in civil cases — a requirement that turned off some members of the legislature — and goes into effect immediately.

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Legal Nonprofits See Drop in Grants

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin - January 29th, 2013

Nonprofit organization need to “do more with less” money this y ear because of a 20 percent reduction in state funding, the head of a legal aid group said.

“We had to cut over $300,000 out of our grant budget,” said Leslie Corbett, exectuive director of the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation. “For all of these programs, it really pulls the vice tighter.”

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Macoupin County courts to launch online self-help center

The State Journal-Register - September 14th, 2012

Macoupin County and Carlinville Public Library officials are announcing the launch of a free online self-help center for low-income residents to access legal information. The Macoupin County Legal Self-Help Center will be available online at People without a computer or Internet access can use public-access computers at the Carlinville Public Library. To read more, click here.

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More people go to court without representation

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin - August 21st, 2012

Hartford, Conn. – Jennifer Garcia stood alone before a judge with a stack of legal papers in her hands, answering questions about her personal life. She has acted as her own lawyer in state family court in a paternity, child support and visitation case on and off for three years, but representing herself in a courtroom full of

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