On December 2, 2014, the Board of Directors unanimously approved grants to 16 non-profit organizations totaling $1,330,584.
Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation ($299,000)
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 ($165,000);
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 ($103,000);
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).
Prairie State Legal Services ($290,400)
Bloomington, Galesburg, Joliet, Kankakee, McHenry, Ottawa, Peoria, Rockford, Rock Island, St. Charles, Waukegan and Wheaton
To provide representation to victims of domestic violence, families in crisis, families with housing emergencies and senior citizens in northern and central Illinois ($145,960);
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 ($144,440).
To support an attorney position to provide civil legal assistance on consumer matters to seniors citizens and low-income families in Cook County ($80,000);
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 ($79,000).
Coordinated Advice & Referral Program for Legal Services ($155,000)
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 ($135,000);
To assist unrepresented parties with advice, information and form preparation at the Domestic Relations Self-Help Desk in the Cook County Circuit Court ($10,000);
To assist unrepresented parties with advice, information and form preparation at the collections Self-Help Desk in the Cook County Circuit Court ($10,000).
Illinois Legal Aid Online ($97,000)
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 ($94,600)
Chicago, Rock Island, Carbondale & Springfield
To provide legal advice, information and referrals on special education legal issues through a telephone helpline ($67,300);
To provide legal information on the Americans with Disabilities Act, special education, and guardianship services to people with disabilities throughout the state via the Training Institute ($27,300).
Center for Conflict Resolution ($67,500)
To assist thousands of Cook County residents resolve a wide array of disputes through mediation.
Chicago Legal Clinic ($45,000)
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.
Chicago Volunteer Legal Services ($35,000)
To protect children by serving as Guardian Ad Litem in Cook County probate guardianship cases.
Cabrini Green Legal Aid ($35,837)
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 via Advice Desks at the Richard J. Daley Center ($26,000) and at the Markham Courthouse ($5,305).
To provide legal advice and representation to currently/formerly incarcerated mothers on their family law issues ($4,532).
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.
AIDS Legal Council of Chicago ($7,500)
To provide legal advice and representation to lower-income families, seniors and veterans facing complex legal issues due to disabilities and special health needs.
Uptown Peoples Law Center ($7,500)
To provide legal advice and representation on housing and social security issues to vulnerable members of the Uptown community.
John Marshall Law School ($5,000)
To support the Conflict Resolution Institute in its endeavors to develop and increase mediation services in a community setting.
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law ($5,000)
To disseminate a public benefits guide via a mobile web platform to support adult student efforts to finish their education.
Southern Illinois University School of Law Foundation ($2,247)
To educate immigrant detainees on their legal rights at the Tri-County Detention Centers in Ullin.