Posts by Erin Butler

Staff Spotlight: Stephanie Salgado

Legal Council just keeps growing! Over the last couple of months, we have welcomed over 10 new employees in our legal programs, development team, and administrative team. Legal Council has many exciting projects coming up, so we’re taking the time to highlight the projects and our new team members in our new blog series “Staff…

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Federal Court Rules Against the Affordable Care Act

Last week, in the case of Texas v. United States, a rogue Judge ignored U.S. Supreme Court precedent and reasoning to find that the Affordable Care Act (A.C.A) is unconstitutional. This decision threatens healthcare access, quality of coverage, and financial protections that the A.C.A guarantees Americans.. As just one example of the importance of the A.C.A, today…

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Early Intervention Pilot Study for Lead-Exposed Kids

Last week, Huffington Post featured Legal Council’s first-of-its-kind Early Intervention (E.I) pilot for infants and toddlers. The pilot provides lead-exposed kids with the support they need to overcome potential learning disabilities and developmental delays before they go to school. As of right now there are only 18 states that offer automatic eligibility for E.I to lead-exposed kids “despite…

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Illinois Alliance for Welcoming Health Care

Over the last two years, immigrants have faced threats of deportation and family separation, forcing parents to choose between accessing life-saving care and services for their families and keeping their families together. These policy’s have caused significant damage to community well-being. The  increase of fear has led to the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee…

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Staff Spotlight: Jena Moch

Legal Council just keeps growing! During the last couple of months, we welcomed multiple new employees in our legal programs, development team, and administrative team. Legal Council has many exciting projects coming up, so we’re taking the time to highlight the projects and our new team members in our new blog series “Staff Spotlight”. Today we…

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Racial Inequalities in Schools

Recently, ProPublica created a database called “Miseducation” that allows people to examine racial inequalities in schools and their districts in the United States. Illinois, particularly Chicago, is very segregated and this shows in schools. After looking at the Illinois data, ProPublica listed three major takeaways: In the U.S. Black students are more likely to be…

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Staff Spotlight: Johan Lee

Legal Council just keeps growing! Last month, we welcomed over 10 new employees in our legal programs, development team, and administrative team. Legal Council has many exciting projects coming up, so we’re taking the time to highlight the projects and our new team members in our new blog series “Staff Spotlight”. Today we put a…

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New publication: Advocating for automatic eligibility for EI services

Legal Council’s Children and Families Partnerships Director Amy Zimmerman recently published a special issue article titled “Advocating for Automatic Eligibility for Early Intervention Services for Children Exposed to Lead.” The article was co-authored with Dr. Nicole Hamp, a third-year pediatric resident at our medical-legal partnership site Comer Children’s Hospital, and Jessica Hoffen, former Legal Council…

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Sexual Assault in America

Last year, women and men spoke out about being sexually assaulted by powerful men in Hollywood. Since then there have been multiple stories of people being abused by powerful men. Back in September, Judge Brett Kavanaugh appeared on Capital Hill for his Supreme Court confirmation hearing. Last week, Kavanaugh was accused by a former classmate,…

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Senate passes package of bills to fight opioid crisis

On Sept 17th, in a isolated moment of bipartisanship, the Senate passed a package of bills meant to address America’s opioid epidemic. Opioids were responsible for almost 50,000 deaths last year. This package, which consists of 70 bills, will create, expand, and renew programs across multiple agencies. This package “[aims] to prevent the deadly synthetic drug fentanyl from being shipped…

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