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Legal Council Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight: Stephanie Salgado

January 15, 2019

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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Client Focus: Stacey

December 26, 2018

Stacey had already been through so much at such a young age. By the time she entered 1st grade, she had lived through domestic violence and neglect. She went from foster home to foster home, all while dealing with stress from her traumatic upbringing. But things started looking up– Stacey found a home with a…

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Federal Court Rules Against the Affordable Care Act

December 21, 2018

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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Client Focus: Gregory

December 21, 2018

Gregory lived through a series of challenges and constant uphill battles before ending up at Chicago’s Franciscan Outreach Shelter. His mother passed when he was a teen and he lost many of his siblings to illnesses. He spent time in prison for a few years and had less than a high school education. Before his stay…

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Early Intervention Pilot Study for Lead-Exposed Kids

December 20, 2018

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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New Program Gives Justice-Involved Persons Living with Serious Mental Illness Free Legal Support

December 11, 2018

Justice-involved individuals living with serious mental illness now have access to civil legal assistance, thanks to a new partnership between Legal Council for Health Justice and Thresholds. Under the partnership, individuals with serious mental illness who are served by Thresholds’ Justice Program now have access to free, trauma-informed benefits advocacy. Individuals with serious mental illness…

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Legal Council partner Dr. Hamp receives high honor

December 5, 2018

Longtime Legal Council advocate and friend Dr. Nicole Hamp recently was awarded the Anne E. Dyson Child Advocacy Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Hamp received this exceptional honor for her work with Legal Council’s children and families program. This award, intended to celebrate the outstanding efforts of pediatricians-in-training to improve the health of children,…

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A City Divided: Laquan McDonald and Health Disparities in Chicago

December 3, 2018

Last week, three Chicago police officers went to trial on charges that they were part of a cover up of the death of Laquan McDonald. The trial comes after Officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of McDonald’s death after shooting him multiple times.  On October 5th, Chicago held its breath. The jury was set…

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#LegalCouncil30 – A note from Legal Council Executive Director Tom Yates

December 3, 2018

#LegalCouncil30 – A note from Executive Director Tom Yates Legal Council is officially 30! Because of loyal friends like you, we have accomplished so much over the past three decades. Tens of thousands of clients facing illness and disability have had the opportunity to stabilize their lives and pursue their full potential. And Legal Council’s…

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