Quinn signs ‘civil Gideon’ bill
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.