For 2004, the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation made grants totaling $457,500 to 11 organizations. In some cases a single recipient received grants in more than one funding category. The grant recipients, along with a description of the purpose of the grant(s), are listed below:
Center for Conflict Resolution ($32,000)
To assist thousands of people throughout Cook County in resolving a wide array of disputes through mediation.
Center for Disability and Elder Law ($10,000)
To support an attorney Pro Bono Coordinator position in providing legal work to elderly clients.
Chicago Legal Clinic ($8,000)
To provide education, resources and referrals for Cook County residents faced with foreclosure proceedings.
Chicago Volunteer Legal Services ($37,500)
To protect hundreds of children and young adults by serving as Guardian Ad Litem in Cook County guardianship cases.
Coordinated Advice & Referral Program for Legal Services ($55,000)
To help thousands of low-income and disadvantaged people in Cook County by providing general information on how to use the legal system, free legal advice and self-help materials, and referrals when necessary through a telephone hotline ($45,000);
To assist unrepresented parties with information and guidance at the Domestic Relations
Self-Help Desk in the Cook County Circuit Court ($10,000).
Kankakee Center for Conflict Resolution/Victims Assistance Center ($8,000)
To assist people throughout Kankakee County by providing mediation services on a broad range of issues.
Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation ($93,000)
Alton, Springfield, Mt. Vernon and Champaign
To serve thousands of low-income people in 65 counties in southern and central Illinois by providing general information on how to use the legal system, free legal advice and self-help materials, and referrals when necessary through a telephone hotline ($45,000);
To help elderly people in 16 counties in central and southern Illinois by providing legal assistance for elder abuse and neglect, guardianship, health and long-term care, and consumer issues through senior centers, nursing homes and home visits ($30,000);
To provide information and assistance to low income people with landlord/tenant issues in Madison and Sangamon Counties and to offer resources to unrepresented litigants in the Champaign County courthouse with small claims, housing and family law matters ($18,000)
Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago ($80,000)
To protect elderly people throughout Cook County against consumer fraud by providing information and legal assistance ($40,000);
To help victims of domestic violence in 22 western suburbs of Cook County by providing information, advice and legal assistance ($40,000).
Prairie State Legal Services ($92,000)
Galesburg, Rock Island, Carol Stream and Waukegan
To serve thousands of low income people in 29 counties in northern and central Illinois by providing general information on how to use the legal system, free legal advice and self-help materials, and referrals when necessary through a telephone hotline ($45,000);
To serve victims of domestic violence and senior citizens in 5 counties around Galesburg by offering information, advice and legal assistance ($20,000);
To provide support for legal services to the elderly in Peoria, Tazewell, Marshall, Stark and Woodford counties ($10,000);
To assist families in crisis and senior citizens in Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Whiteside counties and the Illinois half of the Quad Cities ($10,000);
To offer the public legal information, forms and Internet-based materials through the Center for Self-Representation at the Lake County Courthouse ($7,000).
Southern Illinois University School of Law/Alternative Dispute Resolution Clinic ($8,000)
To help low income families and children resolve custody and visitation issues by providing mediation services in nine counties in the First Judicial Circuit in southern Illinois.
Southern Illinois University School of Law/Self Help Legal Center ($9,000)
To serve thousands by providing access to legal information by mail, Internet, and in-person, including placing Internet terminals at courthouses, a library and a shopping mall in southern Illinois for direct access to the Center’s services.
Will County Legal Assistance Program ($25,000)
To support victims of domestic violence in Will County by providing comprehensive legal services to facilitate their permanent escape from abuse.