Posts by Jill Wohl

Something’s coming, something good

Countdown Countdown As you may know, the Council has grown by leaps and bounds in the last year. To reflect these changes, we are changing our name. But never fear, our three strong programs – AIDS Legal Council of Chicago, the Homeless Outreach Project and the Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children – will each keep their…

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Summer interns, had me a blast

Each year, mostly during the summer, our interns make the difference. They help us in myriad ways. What do interns get out of being here? Alex Kalyniuk, a rising second year law student at William & Mary Law School, who interned with our Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children program, tells it like it was as this summer comes to a close:

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Student health and safety for all

This week Gov. Bruce Rauner signed HB 1360 into law (now Public Act 099-0325), signaling a commitment to improving health, wellness, and safety standards throughout the Illinois charter school system. The newly amended law guarantees all charters must comply with student health and safety laws applicable to publicly-funded schools across the state.

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Another day, another testimony

Children’s health policy director Amy Zimmerman and summer law intern Molly McDonald testified today at a Joint House Appropriations meeting to shape legislation that would appropriate federal funds that flow through the State’s budget (SB 2042 SA1).

The amended bill is intended to help agencies, programs, and services supported in part with federal funds, such as maternal and child health grants, community mental health grants, and grants for Older Americans Act programs.

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Legal Council strikes back

Like a sequel to our July 23 federal court ruling we told you about, today Illinois officials are now promising to pay for health care for Medicaid beneficiaries statewide. That’s right, not just in Cook County. This legal remedy should be a blockbuster hit, as approximately 3.1 million low-income Illinoisans can now maintain access and engagement in health care without delays caused…

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Power of attorneys

This morning the Legal Council went to court with Shriver Center to get Illinois to make Medicaid payments in light of the budget impasse. The court ruled in our favor, and the State must pay for all Medicaid services in Cook County.

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Stigma and punishment

More bad news out of Missouri. Windy City Times this week recounts the tragic story of Michael Johnson, above, sentenced to 30 years in prison for HIV transmission. Our Executive Director, Tom Yates, weighs in: “There is no scientific basis for laws that criminalize the transmission of HIV. In addition, criminalization actually undermines effective HIV prevention efforts by discouraging HIV…

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Disability "speak out"

On Wednesday, July 15th, advocates, providers, and allies of the disability community convene to stage a Disability Budget Crisis “Speak Out” at the Thompson Center. Amy Zimmerman, director of the Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children will testify to how the deadlock in Springfield is hurting infants and toddlers with developmental delays who have a legal right to early intervention…

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