Posts by Legal Council

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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STATEMENT: Reported Regulation Threatens Immigrant Families

On May 3, Reuters reported that the Department of Justice (DOJ) drafted a proposed rule that would make it easier to deport U.S. legal permanent residents who use public benefits.  Current law does not allow the government to deport someone just for using public programs for which they qualify to receive. While the DOJ has…

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STATEMENT: Legal Council Denounces Proposed Noncitizen Rule

On April 17, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposed a new rule that would restrict immigrants from accessing federal housing assistance. This proposed rule is designed to increase the fear and confusion that immigrant communities endure and pointlessly jeopardizes the housing stability of tens of thousands of families that legally live in…

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Call For Capital Bill Investment In Lead Paint Abatement

Last week was the 5th year anniversary of the Flint lead crisis. Lead poisoning and exposure continues to be a prominent problem in the country. In Illinois, the burden of lead poisoning is one of the highest in the nation. As most children are poisoned by lead paint exposure, Legal Council and the Civitas ChildLaw…

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Exploring the health and well-being of the transgender community

On this year’s Transgender Day of Visibility, we want to celebrate the accomplishments made towards expanding and protecting the rights and well-being of the trans community. But we must also recognize a significant amount of work left to be done in fighting the rampant discrimination and violence facing trans and gender nonconforming communities. Members of…

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