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New Advocacy Video

IEJF - February 28th, 2017

Civil legal aid helps ensure fairness for all in the justice system, regardless of how much money they have. But what is civil legal aid? You can find out in less than a minute by watching this animated advocacy video. Spurred to action? Click here (hyperlink to Take Action page) to contact your state legislators and voice your support for state funding for civil legal aid.

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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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