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Client Focus: Pete

Pete was a 56 year-old insurance company retiree living with severe breathing problems, a symptom of his HIV-related pneumonia. After three hospitalizations, he was permanently in need of oxygen therapy. Having worked in the insurance industry his entire life, Pete wanted to enjoy life in retirement. Instead, he had trouble getting the help he needed…

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Letter From the Executive Director, July 2019

Dear friends, I wanted to personally thank you for making a difference in the lives of thousands of Illinoisans. Because of you, 1,500 clients received life-changing legal care from Legal Council in just the first six months of 2019. We’re changing more lives than ever before, but we can’t stop now. While our clients face many obstacles,…

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Introducing Legal Council’s Interns, Part 1

Introducing Legal Council’s Interns, Part 1 July 3, 2019   Every summer, Legal Council welcomes a group of law students and interns interested in advancing health justice in Illinois. Learn more about four of our spectacular interns below. Part two is available now.  Alexis Bailey How did you hear about Legal Council? The career service…

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New Statewide Coalition Created to End Criminalization of People Living With HIV

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 2019 CONTACT: New Statewide Coalition Created to End Criminalization of People Living With HIV Chicago, Ill.—The Illinois HIV Action Alliance is a new statewide coalition of legal, health, policy organizations, and other advocates – launched today in an organized effort to end HIV criminalization in Illinois. Currently, Illinois law criminalizes…

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Illinois Kids Aren’t Getting the Health Care They Need

Since 2017, there has been an increase in the amount of uninsured kids in America. A new report shows a sharp national decline in children’s health insurance coverage through Medicaid and CHIP. Illinois experienced one of the largest decreases in enrollment. While children of families with low income aren’t enrolling in these programs, research shows…

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FAQ: What is the Public Charge?

In an effort to address recent and ongoing changes to immigration rules and regulations, Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) released two documents answering frequently asked questions on the proposed public charge rule and the more recent Department of Justice deportation on public charge grounds rule. While neither rule has been adopted yet, the chilling effects these…

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