These are challenging budget times, but civil legal aid is a smart investment for Illinois because it reduces the need for much costlier social services in the future.> Read More
The Illinois Equal Justice Foundation Board of Directors approved grants totaling more than $2.4 million to 34 Illinois civil legal aid providers in December.
Several of those funds went to Carbondale nonprofit organizations.> Read More
Not every client who comes to The Family Defense Center can afford the legal fees it charges to represent children and families who are trying to navigate through the child welfare system.
A $20,000 grant the center received last month will help subsidize lower fees for clients who can’t afford it, said Rachel O’Konis Ruttenberg, the center’s executive director.
“People of all income levels can receive services from us. We charge legal fees for those who can pay,” Ruttenberg said. “Those who can’t — this grant will help fill the gap to allow us to serve more of those individuals.”
The Family Defense Center was one of 34 legal aid clinics in Illinois awarded grants from the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation last month. The grants totaled $2.46 million.> Read More
Nearly $300,000 of the money will go to Prairie Street Legal Services, which has an office in Rockford. The non-profit provides low-income people with representation on family, housing and consumer law issues in northern Illinois.> Read More
The Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network (IL-AFLAN) was created through the passage of House Bill 3933 in 2015. Under the law, the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation, a not-for-profit organization founded by the Illinois State Bar Association and Chicago Bar Association, is tasked with administering a pilot program that provides civil legal aid to veterans and active duty military personnel.> Read More