U.S. service members and veterans who are dealing with legal problems in Illinois can now take advantage of a new statewide legal aid hotline and support network that is launching today. Potential clients can call (855) 452-3526 to get in touch with attorneys affiliated with the Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network, a collection of legal aid clinics that are receiving state funding to provide pro bono legal services to Illinois veterans, active duty military personnel, National Guard reservists and their dependents.> Read More
Members of the IL Equal Justice Foundation call on the state to do its part and reinstate funding for civil legal aid.> Read More
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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.> Read More
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.”> Read More