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Celebrating 20 Years of Building Stronger Communities with Civil Legal Aid Programs
On December 5, 2017 the Board of Directors of the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation (IEJF) approved grants totaling $2,465,000 to 34 Illinois civil legal aid providers. Grants were made possible with funding from the state appropriation for civil legal aid as well as settlement funds awarded to the IEJF by Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
Civic leaders gathered today to announce the launch of the Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network (IL-AFLAN), the first-ever statewide hotline and network of legal support services for Illinois veterans, active-duty military, National Guard, reservists, and their dependents. Through the IL-AFLAN, veterans and military personnel can obtain free legal help for urgent family, housing and consumer problems, as well as issues such as discharge upgrades and benefit appeals.
The Illinois Equal Justice Foundation (IEJF), the not-for-profit entity responsible for distributing, monitoring and protecting the state appropriation for civil legal aid for low-income families and individuals, proudly announces its leadership team for fiscal year 2017.
Governor Bruce Rauner has recognized the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation and its Founding Trustees Michael A. Pope, Timothy L. Bertschy and Christine M. Ory for the vital role they play in increasing access to the civil justice system for all Illinoisans, regardless of income.