On December 5, 2017, the Board of Directors unanimously approved grants to 16 non-profit organizations totaling $1,330,000. These grants were made possible by a state appropriation for civil legal aid housed in the Office of the Attorney General.
Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation (Alton, Champaign, East St. Louis, Carbondale and Springfield) ($369,690)
To provide low-income people in 65 counties with representation on family, housing and consumer law cases.
Prairie State Legal Services (Bloomington, Galesburg, Joliet, Kankakee, McHenry, Ottawa, Peoria, Rockford, Rock Island, St. Charles, Waukegan and Wheaton) ($295,000)
To provide low-income people in 36 counties with representation on family, housing and consumer law issues and representation for senior citizens in northern and western Illinois.
Coordinated Advice & Referral Program for Legal Services (Cook County) ($180,000)
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 and to support the development of a consumer brief services unit.
Center for Conflict Resolution (Cook County) ($80,000)
To assist thousands of Cook County residents in resolving a wide array of disputes through mediation.
Illinois Legal Aid Online (Statewide) ($53,000)
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.
Chicago Legal Clinic (Cook County) ($50,000)
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 (Cook County) ($50,000)
To protect children by serving as Guardian Ad Litem in Cook County probate guardianship cases and as a Child Representative in domestic relations cases.
Cabrini Green Legal Aid (Cook County) ($50,000)
To assist individuals in Cook County 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, the Markham Courthouse, the Juvenile Temporary Center, 26th & California and community summits.
Equip for Equality (Chicago, Rock Island, Carbondale & Springfield) ($50,000)
To provide legal advice, information and referrals on special education legal issues through a statewide telephone helpline.
Dispute Resolution Institute (Carbondale) ($40,000)
To help low-income families and children resolve custody and visitation issues by providing mediation services in the First Judicial Circuit.
University of Illinois Community Preservation Clinic (McLean County) ($40,000)
To provide legal representation to borrowers within the McLean County Mandatory Foreclosure Mediation Program.
Domestic Violence Legal Clinic (Cook County) ($25,000)
To provide court-based self-help legal assistance to survivors of domestic violence.
Center for Disability & Elder Law (Cook County) ($20,000)
To provide civil legal assistance to seniors on consumer issues via the Stopping Adult Financial Exploitation (SAFE) Project.
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.
Hana Center (Chicago) ($10,000)
To provide linguistically and culturally appropriate pro bono legal services to low-income, limited-English proficient and immigrant Korean American community.
Southern Illinois University School of Law Foundation (Carbondale) ($2,310)
To educate immigrant detainees in southern Illinois on their legal rights.