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2018, here we come…

Did you know that we have a big birthday coming up? Legal Council is turning 30! Together we have accomplished so much in those 30 years. Your support has provided tens of thousands of people facing illness and disability with the opportunity to pursue their full potential. But the political climate is working against us all. This will likely be one of the most challenging years ever. Right now I’m asking you to make your year-end donation to protect the rights of those challenged by life-changing health conditions, and ensure their access to justice, regardless of ability to pay. Your investment helped fuel our major class action win protecting Medicaid, which provides life-saving care for over 3.2 million Illinoisans—including 1.3 million children, 275,000 seniors, and 20,000 people living with HIV. This high-impact litigation forced the state to pay billions...

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Join our team

Legal Council for Health Justice has several employment opportunities available, including Staff Attorney for Medicaid Advocacy and two AmeriCorps VISTA positions. Visit our careers page to learn...

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Moving 2017

Legal Council for Health Justice has moved its office as of Feb. 3, 2017. Please find us in our new home at: 17 N. State Street, Suite 900 Chicago, IL...

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We Will Fight

Dear friend, Our supporters make all the difference in the lives of the Council’s clients. We value our clients, and we value you. This letter is more than an appeal, it’s a call to action! For all our progress over the years—and there is no way to sugar coat this—we are suddenly entering into a dark, uncertain time that will have a negative impact on our clients, as well as millions of Illinoisans.    So right now I’m asking for your support—donate, volunteer, speak up—in order to protect the most vulnerable among us. Your support allows the Council to help those who are often least able to help themselves. Because of you, a record number of individuals this past year received free, expert legal help from the Council. Our work has led to major successes, including significantly expanding access...

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Justin’s 25 for 25

June 1, 2016 Dear Friends, Family, and Colleagues: In my first week at AIDS Legal Council, almost exactly 25 years ago, I took two calls back to back.  First, a successful LaSalle Street banker told me that after his landlord found out he had HIV, the locks on his apartment were changed, his possessions thrown in the alley, his car tires slashed.  Reeling from that conversation, I took a second call.  A man needed a simple will to ensure his meager possessions would go to his niece, the only family member who still spoke to him after he was diagnosed with HIV.  This second case seemed comparatively easy, until he handed the phone to his nurse – it turned out the man was hospitalized – who explained in hushed tones that her patient wouldn’t last the night. Within minutes...

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New name, same heart

Historically, AIDS Legal Council of Chicago 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 and service providers; individual and impact litigation; and administrative and legislative advocacy. Recently we expanded our mission to to also stand up for individuals living with mental illness and experiencing homelessness, and to advocate for children with disabilities and chronic health conditions. In that time we’ve also expanded our work serving low-income people with HIV. We’ve started new free legal clinics all over the city and successfully fought policies that discriminate against people with HIV.  To reflect these changes, we are changing our name from AIDS Legal Council of Chicago to Legal Council for Health Justice. We’ve got a lot...

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