On December 13, 2018, the Board of Directors unanimously approved grants to 13 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.
Prairie State Legal Services (Bloomington, Galesburg, Joliet, Kankakee, McHenry, Ottawa, Peoria, Rockford, Rock Island, St. Charles, Waukegan and Wheaton) ($470,000)
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 ($295,000).
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 ($175,000).
Coordinated Advice & Referral Program for Legal Services (Cook County) ($240,000)
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 ($180,000).
To assist unrepresented parties with advice, information and form preparation at the Collections Self-Help Desk at the Daley Center in the Cook County Circuit Court ($35,000).
To assist unrepresented parties with advice, information and form preparation at the Domestic Relations Self-Help Desk at the Daley Center in the Cook County Circuit Court ($25,000).
LAF (Cook County) ($200,000)
To support attorney positions in the consumer practice group who provide civil legal assistance on consumer matters to senior citizens and low-income families in Cook County.
Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation (Alton, Champaign, East St. Louis, Carbondale and Springfield) ($105,000)
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.
Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (Cook County) ($95,000)
To protect children by serving as Guardian Ad Litem in Cook County probate guardianship cases and as a Child Representative in domestic relations cases ($50,000).
To act as Guardian Ad Litem for adults with disabilities in Cook County cases ($45,000).
Cabrini Green Legal Aid (Cook County) ($70,000)
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 ($50,000).
To provide legal advice and representation to currently/formerly incarcerated parents on their family and housing law issues ($20,000).
Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (Cook County) ($40,000)
To provide civil legal assistance on housing matters impacting low-income renters.
Legal Council for Health Justice (Chicago) ($30,000)
To provide legal advice and representation to lower-income families, seniors and veterans facing complex legal issues due to disabilities and special health needs.
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.
Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services (Chicago) ($15,000)
To provide civil legal assistance to those seeking to protect or access housing vouchers.
Catholic Charities Legal Assistance (Cook County) ($10,000)
To provide extended representation civil legal assistance to low-income people with family law matters.
Centro de Informacion (Kane County) ($10,000)
To coordinate and host legal information seminars on a variety of topics for Spanish-speaking immigrants.