FY 19 Consumer Settlement Fund Grants

FY 2019 Recipients

On December 13, 2018, the Board of Directors unanimously approved grants to 28 non-profit organizations totaling $1,155,794.  These grants were made possible by consumer settlement funds awarded to the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation (IEJF) by Attorney General Lisa Madigan for the IEJF’s general grants program.

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation (Alton, Champaign, East St. Louis, Carbondale and Springfield) ($369,741)

  • To provide low-income people in 65 counties with representation on family, housing and consumer law cases.

Illinois Legal Aid Online (Statewide) ($150,000)

  • To support the development and provision of critical, reliable and user-friendly web-based legal information to lower-income and vulnerable Illinoisans facing legal problems.

Equip for Equality (Chicago, Rock Island, Carbondale & Springfield) ($100,000)

  • To provide legal advice, information and referrals on special education legal issues through a statewide telephone helpline.

Chicago Legal Clinic (Cook County) ($90,000)

  • To provide legal education, resources and referrals for Cook County residents dealing with paternity and child support issues at an Advice Desk at the Daley Center in the Cook County Circuit Court ($50,000);
  • To provide direct representation to low-income people with family law issues ($40,000).

Center for Conflict Resolution (Cook County) ($80,000)

  • To assist thousands of Cook County residents in resolving a variety of disputes through mediation.

Dispute Resolution Institute (Carbondale) ($40,000)

  • To help low-income families and children resolve a wide array of disputes through mediation.

Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services (Chicago) ($40,000)

  • To provide legal information, advice and representation to vulnerable seniors in Chicago via a dedicated elder law center in the Daley Center.

Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (Cook County) ($25,000)

  • To work with tenants, landlords and the court to prevent evictions through negotiated settlements and securing emergency financial assistance for rent payments.

Life Span (Cook County) ($25,000)

  • To provide culturally-sensitive legal representation to Arab-American domestic violence survivors.

Uptown Peoples Law Center (Chicago) ($25,000)

  • To provide legal advice and representation on housing and social security issues to vulnerable members of the Uptown community.

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (Cook County) ($20,000)

  • To provide legal information on education rights to homeless students and their families, unaccompanied youth, educators and advocates.

Chicago House & Social Service Agency (Cook County) ($20,000)

  • To provide self-help legal assistance on civil law matters to members of the transgender community.

Community Activism Law Alliance (Cook County) ($20,000)

  • To provide family and housing law assistance at six community-embedded sites.

Family Defense Center (Cook County) ($20,000)

  • To provide civil legal assistance to parents and caregivers wrongly accused of abuse and neglect.

Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project (Cook County and northern collar counties) ($15,000)

  • To support community legal education workshops in partnership with the Mexican Consulate in Chicago.

Public Interest Law Initiative (Statewide) ($15,000)

  • To support self-represented litigant help desks in four counties in the Sixth and Tenth Judicial Circuits, as well as the “Legal Help Within Reach” project, which brings lawyers from urban areas to rural areas to provide pro bono legal assistance.

Westside Justice Center (Chicago) ($15,000)

  • To support the delivery of legal information seminars to low-income people living in the North Lawndale and East Garfield Park neighborhoods.

Cabrini Green Legal Aid (Cook County) ($10,000)

  • To provide legal information and know your rights presentations regarding civil asset forfeiture.

Hana Center (Chicago and Prospect Heights) ($10,000)

  • To provide linguistically and culturally appropriate pro bono legal services to low-income, limited-English proficient and immigrant Korean American community.

Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago Kent College of Law (Cook County) ($10,000)

  • To provide legal information to self-represented court users at the Daley Center via a law student-staffed Self-Help Web Center.

James B Moran Center for Youth Advocacy (Evanston & northern suburbs) ($10,000)

  • To support the Expungement and Sealing Self-Help Desk located in the Skokie Courthouse.

Metropolitan Tenants Organization n (Cook County) ($10,000)

  • To provide legal information on housing matters impacting low-income renters.

Working Family Solidarity (Cook County) ($10,000)

  • To provide legal information to the underserved communities of Englewood, Back of the Yards and North Lawndale via extensive community outreach, small group meetings and monthly legal workshops .

Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Cook County) ($9,663)

  • To provide legal information to entrepreneurs, small businesses and nonprofits in underserved communities of color on legal matters regarding business formation, development and management.

Immigration Project (Central & Southern Illinois counties) ($6,680)

  • To provide virtual legal information sessions to rural immigrant communities regarding immigration law matters.

First Defense Legal Aid (Chicago) ($5,000)

  • To create legal information packets and to conduct know your rights presentations regarding the civil legal rights of those who have interacted with law enforcement.

Chicago Lighthouse (Kane County) ($2,500)

  • To support a statewide telephone hotline that provides legal advice, self-help materials, guidance and representation to the visually-impaired.

Southern Illinois University School of Law Foundation (Carbondale) ($2,210)

  • To educate immigrant detainees in southern Illinois on their legal rights.