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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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Illinois Alliance for Welcoming Health Care

November 29, 2018

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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Legal Council Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight: Hannah Berkowitz

November 27, 2018

Legal Council just keeps growing! Two months ago, 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’s spotlight is…

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Staff Spotlight: Jena Moch

November 27, 2018

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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Living True: Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 20, 2018

Almost 20 years ago, transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith started the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) to honor Rita Hester, a transgender woman killed in her own home in 1998. Her death was widely ignored by the media and many today still don’t know who Rita was. Her death remains unsolved. TDOR is a day…

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Racial Inequalities in Schools

November 9, 2018

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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Illinoisans now have access to a life-saving cure to hepatitis C

November 8, 2018

After receiving a formal threat of litigation, officials at the Illinois Department of Health and Family Services (HFS) negotiated with Legal Council lawyers to end the department’s policy of rationing coverage of life-saving drugs to cure hepatitis C (HCV) for Medicaid participants. This policy change comes after years of discussions and strategic advocacy to remove…

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