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Rockford-based Nonprofit Gets One Million Grant for Free Eviction Services - August 10th, 2022

ROCKFORD (WREX) — Several Illinois nonprofits are receiving grant funding to continue services for those facing eviction, including one based in the Stateline.

The Illinois Equal Justice Foundation has awarded more than $3 million in state grants to 10 nonprofits that provide legal aid services across the state.

Prairie State Legal Services, based in Rockford, will receive $1 million to provide legal assistance and information to those facing eviction. Prairie State gives advice to residents of 35 counties across northern and central Illinois….


North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic Receives Major State Grant to Provide Eviction Help

Daily Herald - August 12th, 2022

North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic has been awarded a $125,000 state grant from the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation to provide free legal assistance to local residents facing eviction. These services will be offered as part of Eviction Help Illinois, a statewide legal aid network for Illinois residents dealing with housing issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eviction Help Illinois has provided more than 290,000 services to date and is funded through the Illinois Department of Human Services.


‘Legal Deserts’ Create A Gap In Justice — But Local Groups Are Making Getting Help More Accessible

Block Club Chicago - August 9th, 2022

Illinois Legal Aid Online is trying to close the “justice gap” by bring legal help to the Chicago communities that need it the most.


Panel interview on IL’s cannabis industry

WTTW – PBS Chicago Public Media @ 6:00pm, 10:00pm & 5:30am - August 7th, 2022

Panel interview on IL’s cannabis industry. Panelists include: Deputy Gov. Christian Mitchell, Brandon Williams (supervising attorney at Cabrini Green Legal Aid), and Akele Parnell (CEO of Umi Farms and a board member of cannabis advocacy organization Chicago NORML).


As New Illinois Cannabis Dispensary Licenses Are Issued, Focus Turns to Industry Equity

WTTW - August 6th, 2022

In late July, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a second round of conditional adult use cannabis dispensary licenses that brought the total number of issued licenses to 177. The applicants, all of whom qualify as social equity applicants, have 180 days to obtain a physical storefront location and the full adult use dispensing organization license. According to the state, of the business selected for the licenses, 41% are majority Black owned, 7% are majority White owned, 4% are majority Latino owned and 38% did not disclose the owner’s race. Pritzker administration officials say these licenses, along with efforts to expunge the records of anyone arrested or convicted of cannabis violations in Illinois, are steps toward making the fledgling cannabis industry a more equitable enterprise.


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Attention legal aid providers. On Feb. 13, applications for FY 23 Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network (IL-AFLAN) grants will be available. Funding for this next grant cycle is approximately $1.1 Million. Visit for more info.

CVLS is a proud partner of IL-AFLAN, a statewide hotline that provides legal information, advice, brief services, and referrals to veterans, service members, national guard, reservists, and their spouses and dependents. Call 855-452-3526 to get started. #chicagoprobono

One way to help close the justice gap - lawyers & judges should include consumers & community-based organizations in their design-and decision-making process when implementing reforms.

We are thrilled to unveil our new Strategic Plan to help more low-income & marginalized Illinois residents access our civil justice system. Learn more about our Plan, including a Q&A with our Board President Kendric Cobb, in our January newsletter:

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