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Policy Update: Legal Council Advocacy Victories

May was a busy month for the legal experts here at Legal Council for Health Justice. When we weren’t serving and empowering low-income people with chronic illnesses or disabilities at over a dozen on-site clinics across the city, or suing the State of Illinois on behalf of thousands of Illinoisans wrongfully delayed or denied Medicaid coverage, OR leading advocacy efforts in the State Board of Education investigation into CPS’ special education program and procedural violations, our team was hard at work advocating for numerous policies across the State. Collaborative leadership with our phenomenal community partners made these legislative victories possible: SB 454, Enhancing Parent Participation in CPS Special Education: In the wake of a path-breaking inquiry into CPS’ special education policies and procedures that found significant violations to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Legal Council continued its work...

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Legal Council’s 30th Anniversary Gala

Tickets are on sale now for Legal Council’s 30th Anniversary Gala! You are cordially invited to join Gala Co-Chairs Kimball R. Anderson & Karen Gatsis Anderson for a spectacular evening to celebrate 30 years of Legal Council for Health Justice. The night will offer superb food and cocktails, dancing, awards, and fun surprises you don’t want to miss. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating Legal Council’s past achievements and learning what the future...

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Legal Council Advocates VS. CPS Special Education

After a public inquiry team, led by the Illinois State Board of Education, spent the last five months investigating Chicago Public Schools’ Special Education policies and practices and found significant and unnecessary delays and denials in services, the Board voted Wednesday to approve an independent monitor to oversee CPS as it works to implement changes. This news also comes after a survey crafted by Legal Council & other Special Education advocates identified devastating delays, denials and roadblocks in providing Special Education services to CPS students. More than 2,200 people responded to the survey, including teachers, parents, and school administrators. 45% of all survey respondents reported cases where students’ required aides were denied, due to “insufficient student data,” or a representative did not attend a meeting to finalize the student’s Individualized Education Plan–which is a violation of federal law. 95% of teachers and...

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4th Annual May Ball was a Derby Day Success!

Thanks to all those who supported the 4th Annual May Ball on May 5 at the stunning home of Dr. Nabeela Rasheed and Fawzia Mirza. Over 175 attendees packed the house on the most beautiful evening of the year to date, donning derby attire (read: big, bold hats) with lots of festive spring color! We even had a surprise visit from a horse and some jockeys!   Clear your calendar for Saturday, May 4, 2019 for the 5th Annual May Ball! “More now then ever we need an organization like this… With this current [presidential] administration we’ve seen attacks on access to healthcare, attacks on trans rights, attacks on women’s rights and attacks on immigration. With more people involved. it’s more essential. […] If we don’t take care of our community, no one will take care of it for us.” –...

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What’s at the intersection of health care and social needs? Medical-legal partnerships.

A single mom has to choose between paying for her diabetes medication and paying to feed her two children. A toddler is exposed to lead while playing at home and now has trouble developing his learning and language skills. A young law student drops out of school after being diagnosed with cancer in order to save money for medicine that costs $100,000 per year. Here at Legal Council for Health Justice, we know the effect social needs have on individual health.

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