Posts by Dani Hunter

ATTN: CPS Therapeutic Day School Parents

To Chicago Public Schools parents of kids in Therapeutic Day School: Do you provide breakfast and lunch for your child? Chicago Public Schools is supposed to provide free breakfast and lunch to all of its students, but kids in Therapeutic Day School placements may not be receiving these nutritional services. Legal Council is helping Chicago…

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Policy Update: Protecting Special Education for Illinois Children

UPDATE 4/12/2019: Both of Legal Council’s special education bills passed the House unanimously on April 11, 2019. Thank you to sponsors Rep. Crespo, Rep. Carroll, Rep. Davis, and Rep. Martwick for their continued leadership and advocacy on behalf of Illinois students with special needs. Stay tuned for more updates as the bill continues to the…

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What You Can Do To Help Medicaid in Illinois

In response to constant barriers, Protect Our Care Illinois (a statewide coalition of which Legal Council is a leading agency) is promoting a new piece of legislation to reform and improve the Medicaid eligibility and renewal process. The bill, SB2021 or the Medicaid Eligibility Determination and Renewal Reform Act, takes the best practices from other states who do not experience these problems and puts forward a comprehensive approach to reform.

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Chicago Public Schools Limiting Services for Students with Special Needs

Amy Zimmerman, Director of Children and Families Partnerships at Legal Council, was featured in a story by WBEZ that exposes problems with Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) newest policy change affecting children with significant special needs. For the first time, CPS is offering the parents of children who attend “cluster” programs, sometimes called “self-contained classrooms,” the…

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