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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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Agency Expansion

Historically, AIDS Legal Council has been the only agency in Illinois devoted exclusively to serving the legal needs of men, women, and children with HIV. Council staff and volunteers serve clients and community through individual advice and representation; training and outreach to clients, case managers and service providers; individual and impact litigation; and administrative and legislative advocacy. Now, we are expanding our mission to serve two additional populations: persons who are homeless and disabled (SSI Homeless Outreach Project); and children with disabilities and chronic health conditions and their families (Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children). The Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children is an established, research-based intervention that joins medical care, social support services, and expert legal assistance to improve care, promote better health and lower costs. Each year, our program connects hundreds of underserved and at-risk children and families in Chicago to...

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Board of Ambassadors

Our Board of Ambassadors is a diverse group of dedicated professionals who help to increase awareness of the Council and to support its services for low-income people with HIV and other chronic, disabling and stigmatized health conditions, as well as our educational initiatives and advocacy programs. CURRENT BOARD OF AMBASSADORS Caroline Bilicki (Illinois Legal Aid Online) Lauren Carter (Wry Wit, Inc.) Allison Castillo (Cook County Public Guardian) Maggie Connell (Cook County Public Guardian) Stacey Dembo (Law Offices of Stacey J. Dembo) Angelo DiBartolomeo (Clark Hill PLC) Sue Fisher-Yellen Mary Hogue (Taproot Foundation) Kevin Keene (Trexin Consulting) Bob Kovats (McMaster-Carr Supply Company) Sarah Marmor (Scharf Banks Marmor LLP) Chris McAdam (Kirkland & Ellis LLP) Jonathan Motto (McDermott Will & Emery LLP) Craig Nadborne (Bradford Allen Realty Services) Rachel O’Kunis-Ruttenberg (Family Defense Center) Alexius O’Malley (Seyfarth Shaw LLP) Tim Pickert (Kirkland & Ellis...

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