On October 15, 2008, the Board of Directors unanimously approved grants to 22 non-profit organizations totaling $3,378,542.
Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation ($721,000)
Alton, Champaign, East St. Louis, Carbondale and Springfield
To provide low-income people in 65 counties with representation on family, housing and consumer law cases ($358,000);
To serve thousands of low-income people in 65 counties in central and southern Illinois by providing legal advice, self-help materials, guidance on how to use the court system and referrals through a telephone hotline ($250,000);
To help elderly people in 25 counties in central and southern Illinois by providing legal assistance for elder abuse and neglect, guardianship, health and long-term care issues and consumer matters through senior centers, nursing homes and home visits ($62,000);
To operate legal information centers in courthouses in Champaign, Madison, St. Clair and Logan Counties and to develop new centers in Sangamon, Union, Johnson, Pope and Saline Counties ($51,000).
Prairie State Legal Services ($658,250)
Carol Stream, Waukegan, Galesburg, Peoria, Ottawa, Batavia and St. Charles
To provide representation to victims of domestic violence, families in crisis, families with housing emergencies and senior citizens in northern and western Illinois ($325,000);
To serve thousands of low-income people in 35 counties in northern and central Illinois by providing legal advice, self-help materials, guidance on how to use the court system and referrals through a telephone hotline ($250,000);
To operate legal information centers in Boone, Iroquois, Peoria and McHenry County courthouses and to develop similar centers in Tazewell, Ogle, Stark, Marshall and Putnam counties ($83,250).
Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago ($353,792)
Chicago & Suburban Cook County
To support attorney and paralegal positions that provide civil legal assistance on family law and domestic violence matters in the western suburbs as well as to Spanish-speaking families ($125,000);
To support attorney and paralegal positions that provide civil legal assistance on housing issues to low-income people in the south suburbs, CHA Plan for Transformation tenants, and families facing mortgage foreclosure ($100,000);
To support attorney and paralegal positions that provide civil legal assistance on consumer matters to seniors, veterans and low-income families ($100,000);
To support attorney and paralegal positions that provide civil legal assistance on veterans’ benefits issues ($28,792).
Coordinated Advice & Referral Program for Legal Services ($320,000)
To help thousands of low-income people in Cook County by providing legal advice, self-help materials, guidance on how to use the court system and referrals through a telephone hotline ($250,000);
To assist unrepresented parties with advice, information and form preparation at the Domestic Relations Self-Help Desk ($35,000) in the Cook County Circuit Court;
To assist unrepresented parties with advice, information and form preparation at the Collections Self-Help Desk ($35,000) in the Cook County Circuit Court.
Illinois Legal Aid Online ($200,000)
To support the Statewide Virtual Self-Help Center which provides Illinois residents with user-friendly online legal resources and interactive forms to help them better resolve their legal problems and coordinates, supports and provides technical assistance to legal information projects across the state.
Equip for Equality ($160,000)
Chicago, Rock Island, Carbondale & Springfield
To provide legal advice, information and referrals on special education legal issues through a telephone helpline ($95,000);
To provide legal information on the Americans with Disabilities Act, special education, and guardianship services to people with disabilities throughout the state through the Training Institute ($65,000).
Center for Conflict Resolution ($135,000)
To assist thousands of Cook County residents resolve a wide array of disputes through mediation.
Chicago Legal Clinic ($100,000)
To provide legal education, resources and referrals for Cook County residents facing foreclosure proceedings at an Advice Desk in the Chancery Division of the Cook County Circuit Court ($55,000);
To provide legal education, resources and referrals for Cook County residents dealing with paternity and child support issues at an Advice Desk in the Expedited Child Support Division of the Cook County Circuit Court ($45,000).
Chicago Volunteer Legal Services ($100,000)
To protect hundreds of children by serving as Guardian Ad Litem in Cook County probate guardianship cases ($50,000);
To support the Access to Justice Program in its appointed representation of low-income families facing foreclosure, subsidized housing eviction and other Chancery Court matters at the Richard J. Daley Center ($50,000).
Legal Aid Bureau of Metropolitan Family Services ($90,000)
To support an attorney position to provide legal advice, information and representation on housing and consumer issues to low-income people served by the Calumet and Midway service offices ($60,000);
To protect and support senior citizens on the south side of Chicago abused by guardians and caregivers ($30,000).
Cabrini Green Legal Aid ($70,000)
To assist hundreds of low-income people with family law problems ($40,000);
To assist individuals wishing to expunge arrest records and/or seal non-violent, misdemeanor convictions in order to obtain employment and attain economic self-sufficiency ($30,000).
Resolution Systems Institute ($70,000)
To develop mediation centers in downstate judicial circuits to meet pressing legal needs in family, housing and consumer matters.
Southern Illinois University School of Law Foundation ($62,500)
To help low-income families and children resolve custody and visitation issues by providing mediation services through its Alternative Dispute Resolution Clinic in nine counties in the First Judicial Circuit and to aid in the transition to a new not-for-profit entity ($50,000);
To help transition the web-based Self Help Center to a student-run project ($10,000);
To educate immigrants on their legal rights through a program at the Ullin Tri-County Detention Center ($2,500).
Life Span Center for Legal Services ($60,000)
To provide civil orders of protection and family law assistance to survivors of domestic violence.
Immigration Project ($50,000)
To support legal information and advice clinics in downstate communities with large immigrant populations.
National Immigrant Justice Center ($50,000)
Chicago, Berwyn, Waukegan
To educate immigrants on consumer and immigration issues through regionally-based advice clinics.
Will County Legal Assistance Program ($50,000)
To support victims of domestic violence in Will County by providing comprehensive legal services to enable permanent escape from abuse ($25,000);
To provide representation to families in housing crisis and to low-income people impacted by consumer fraud ($25,000).
Kankakee Center for Conflict Resolution of the John R. Tate Advocacy Center ($38,000)
To assist low-income Kankakee County residents resolve a wide array of disputes through mediation.
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law ($30,000)
To educate domestic violence survivors, social service providers and landlords on the provisions of the Illinois Safe Homes Act.
DePaul College of Law Asylum & Immigration Clinic ($25,000)
To support the Legal Resources Project For Immigrant Services Providers which provides legal information to low-income immigrants and refugees through its network of local community-based organization partners.
Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (20,000)
To support a Pro Bono Coordinator and a Legal Assistant position to increase and improve pro bono representation of low-income defendants facing eviction and other housing matters.
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless ($15,000)
To provide outreach and legal information on education rights to homeless youth and families.