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Some Rockford area veterans could get free legal help from the state

wifr.com - November 11th, 2023

Illinois service members with low to moderate incomes may be eligible for free legal assistance thanks to the Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network (IL-AFLAN).

Some veterans face almost 90% of the civil and legal problems without the proper assistance from attorneys. Now qualified veterans have a hotline they can call to talk with an attorney for free.

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Low-Income Veterans Can Access Free Legal Help through State-Funded Legal Aid Network 

- January 1st, 1970

IL-AFLAN Addresses Urgent Demand for Veterans Legal Services

(CHICAGO)……In advance of Veterans Day, low-income Illinois veterans can see if they qualify for free civil legal assistance through the Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network (IL-AFLAN).  IL-AFLAN is a statewide hotline and support network, funded by the state of Illinois, that provides help for civil legal problems such as family, housing and consumer issues and military specific-issues such as discharge upgrades and benefits appeals.

Veterans, current military members, National Guard, reservists and their dependents can call the IL-AFLAN hotline at 855-452-3526 and speak to an attorney for free.

“As we celebrate Veterans Day, it’s important to note that many of our veterans are struggling because of civil legal problems like eviction or trouble accessing their VA benefits,” said Trish McGill, Chair of the Illinois Access to Civil Justice Council.  “IL-AFLAN helps our veterans protect their legal rights, just like they served to protect our rights.”

The Legal Services Corporation estimates that low-income veterans receive either inadequate or no professional legal help for 88 percent of their civil legal problems.

To date, IL-AFLAN has helped more than 22,000 Illinois veterans.  IL-AFLAN attorneys have also secured more than $12 million in financial benefits for local veterans and their families, and more than $8 Million in Veterans Administration benefit appeals.

To be eligible for IL-AFLAN’s services, veterans and active duty military members need to have an income of less than 80 percent of the Chicago area median income. For a family of four, this translates into $63,200 annually.

For more information, visit ilaflan.org or call 855-452-3526.

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Kane County mediation program has helped over 1,500 households avoid eviction

Daily Herald - October 21st, 2023

In the two years since Illinois ended its pandemic-related eviction moratorium in October 2021, an eviction mediation program in Kane County has helped over 1,500 households avoid the traumatic effects of an eviction by the sheriff.

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Learn How to Clear Your Cannabis Record for Free at WVON Family Care Expo on September 30

Citizen Newspapers - September 30th, 2023

CHICAGO (September 27, 2023) – Leaders from New Leaf Illinois will be at the WVON Family Care Expo this Saturday, September 30, to share how the program can help people clear past cannabis convictions off their records.  New Leaf Illinois is a statewide network of nonprofit organizations, funded by the state of Illinois, that provides free cannabis expungement legal services. …

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