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Something’s coming, something good

Countdown Countdown As you may know, the Council has grown by leaps and bounds in the last year. To reflect these changes, we are changing our name. But never fear, our three strong programs – AIDS Legal Council of Chicago, the Homeless Outreach Project and the Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children – will each keep their names and continue to grow their groundbreaking education, client service, and policy work – just under the ‘umbrella’ of a new agencywide name. Stay tuned for the big...

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Summer interns, had me a blast

Each year, mostly during the summer, our interns make the difference. They help us in myriad ways. What do interns get out of being here? Alex Kalyniuk, a rising second year law student at William & Mary Law School, who interned with our Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children program, tells it like it was as this summer comes to a close:

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Legal Council strikes back

Like a sequel to our July 23 federal court ruling we told you about, today Illinois officials are now promising to pay for health care for Medicaid beneficiaries statewide. That’s right, not just in Cook County. This legal remedy should be a blockbuster hit, as approximately 3.1 million low-income Illinoisans can now maintain access and engagement in health care without delays caused by a political budget stalemate. Spoiler alert: Attorneys for the Rauner Administration, Illinois State Treasurer, and Illinois Comptroller announced that, the state has decided to make all Medicaid payments for all patients and all programs statewide and with no further delays attributable to the budget impasse. Based on those promises, federal judge Judge Lefkow scheduled the matter to be heard on August 19 to determine if the promises are kept and, if not, to consider whether to order further relief. Co-counselling this legal action are...

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Tiki Holiday

Mark your calendar for Tiki Holiday, THE summer party you don’t want to miss! Island fare by Three Dots and a Dash, tiki cocktails by Sidetrack, entertainment, and much more! Grab your tickets HERE now or call us at 312-427-8990. And remember, you need not be present to win the Grand Raffle or silent auction items, as everything will be available via mobile and online bidding. But of course, we hope you will join us donning your craziest island wear for the...

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Building on strength

This past year has been an exciting one for AIDS Legal Council of Chicago. In addition to having our busiest year on record assisting our clients with HIV, we brought over two established free legal service programs that help additional vulnerable populations: children who are chronically ill and individuals at risk of homelessness. The addition of these programs means that our expertise and reach are greater than ever—and that our clients have access to more types of free, immediate legal help under one roof. Not only have we grown in size and scope of services, but we have also expanded geographically with our new off-site legal clinics at Mercy Hospital on the South Side, Austin CBC on the West Side, and TPAN on the North Side. We are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for us, and we hope you...

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Meet Cyndi Lauper!

Normally we’re not ones to name-drop, but how often do we get to hobnob with a true pop music icon — and one who really knows how to let her freak flag fly?  That’s right, we’re talking about Cyndi Lauper.  And technically we haven’t hobnobbed with her yet.  But our people have been in communication with her people, and big things are in the works. And why do you care that Cyndi Lauper loves us?  Because we’ve arranged for you to rub elbows with Cyndi Lauper herself.  She’s opening her new musical, Kinky Boots, right here in Chicago, and the groovy folks at Broadway in Chicago made some special tickets available to us.  And if you buy a ticket, you not only support our work — you get an invitation to a private cocktail swanky-danky reception with Ms. Lauper. The big...

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