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Quinn signs ‘civil Gideon’ bill

- August 16th, 2013

By Andrew Maloney

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin staff writer

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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