On December 3, 2009, the Board of Directors unanimously approved grants to 14 non-profit organizations totaling $1,672,335.
Prairie State Legal Services ($378,205)
Carol Stream, Waukegan, Galesburg, Peoria, Ottawa, Joliet, 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 ($160,000);
To serve thousands of low-income people in 36 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 ($179,450);
To operate legal information centers in Tazewell & Ogle County courthouses and to develop similar centers in Rock Island and LaSalle Counties ($38,755).
Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation ($376,130)
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 ($197,000);
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 ($124,000);
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 ($31,000);
To operate a legal information center in the St. Clair County courthouse and to develop new centers in Adams and Sangamon Counties ($24,130).
Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago ($194,000)
To support a bilingual attorney position to provide civil legal assistance on family law and domestic violence matters to Spanish-speaking families in Cook County ($64,500);
To support an attorney position to provide civil legal assistance on housing issues to low-income people in the south suburbs ($64,500);
To support an attorney position to provide civil legal assistance on consumer matters to seniors citizens and low-income families in Cook County ($65,000).
Coordinated Advice & Referral Program for Legal Services ($189,000)
To help tens of 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 ($149,000);
To assist unrepresented parties with advice, information and form preparation at the Domestic Relations Self-Help Desk ($30,000) in the Cook County Circuit Court;
To assist unrepresented parties with advice, information and form preparation at the collections Self-Help Desk ($10,000) in the Cook County Circuit Court.
Illinois Legal Aid Online ($114,000)
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 ($110,000)
Chicago, Rock Island, Carbondale & Springfield
To provide legal advice, information and referrals on special education legal issues through a telephone helpline ($75,000);
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 ($35,000).
Center for Conflict Resolution ($75,000)
To assist thousands of Cook County residents resolve a wide array of disputes through mediation.
Chicago Legal Clinic ($70,000)
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 ($35,000);
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 ($35,000).
Chicago Volunteer Legal Services ($70,000)
To protect hundreds of children by serving as Guardian Ad Litem in Cook County probate guardianship cases ($35,000);
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 ($35,000).
Kankakee Center for Conflict Resolution of the John R. Tate Advocacy Center ($29,000)
To assist low-income Kankakee and Iroquois County residents resolve a wide array of disputes through mediation.
Dispute Resolution Institute ($25,000)
To help low-income families and children resolve custody and visitation issues by providing mediation services in the First Judicial Circuit. This program was formerly housed at the Southern IL University Legal Clinic.
Immigration Project ($25,000)
To support legal information and advice clinics in downstate communities with growing immigrant populations.
Cabrini Green Legal Aid ($15,000)
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.
Southern Illinois University School of Law Foundation ($2,000)
To educate immigrants on their legal rights through a program at the Ullin Tri-County Detention Center.