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Homeless encampments in Chicago

Finding Hope and Stability in Chicago

January 15, 2020

This story was originally published in Legal Council’s 2019 Annual Report. Near the Dan Ryan Expressway, Chicagoans who are homeless have built a community of understanding and of survival. In 2018, our advocates started visiting a popular homeless encampment off the Dan Ryan Expressway, commonly referred to as “Ruble” among residents. Ruble is a place…

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Client Focus: Quinn

January 9, 2020

Quinn, 35, was a single mother raising two children on the south side of Chicago who was hit with an unexpected life storm. Throughout her life she was diagnosed with several mental illnesses, depression, and anxiety. But a late diagnosis of HIV caused the biggest shift of all.

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5th Circuit Court of Appeals ACA Decision Statement

Legal Council Condemns Fifth Circuit Court’s Decision in Health Care Repeal Lawsuit

December 19, 2019

December 19, 2019 CONTACT: Dani Hunter, dhunter@legalcouncil.org Legal Council Strongly Condemns Fifth Circuit Court’s Decision in Health Care Repeal Lawsuit Legal Council for Health Justice denounces the decision of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Texas vs. US, which risks the health and well-being of millions of lives. This poorly reasoned ruling threatens the…

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Staff Spotlight: Zoe Harris

December 18, 2019

Staff Spotlight is a blog series featuring a member of Legal Council’s expert and ever-growing team. Today’s Spotlight features Zoe Harris, our new Children’s Mental Health Advocate. What brought you to Legal Council? I came to Legal Council through Avodah, which is a year-long fellowship rooted in Jewish values around social justice and anti-poverty work.…

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Staff Spotlight: Caroline Creed

December 18, 2019

Staff Spotlight is a blog series featuring a member of Legal Council’s expert and ever-growing team. Today’s Spotlight features Caroline Creed, our new Homeless Advocacy Specialist.  What brought you to Legal Council? This year I am participating in a year-long service program called Avodah. When I was accepted into Avodah in the spring I was…

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open enrollment ends on December 15

You Have One Week Left to Get Affordable Health Coverage

December 9, 2019

Guest blog author: Marina Kurakin, Legal Advocate and Health Insurance Specialist Six years ago, the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) broadened access to medical care for millions of Americans. Over those years, I’ve helped with more than 4,000 enrollments. I started this work before the ACA, when individuals couldn’t get approved for insurance because of…

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HIV Prevention Treatment Isn’t ‘Political.’ It’s Life-Saving.

November 13, 2019

Preventing HIV transmission is deemed too ‘political’ for social media, according to a recent incident with Facebook and Instagram. Social media sites have been placed squarely in the news with the growing controversy over their handling of political advertisements. Facebook has been the most notable culprit, as they have made it company policy to publish…

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Client Focus: Robert

November 5, 2019

Robert was born and raised in the west side of Chicago but when his mother passed away, he lost his home.

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Staff Spotlight: Jessica Richardson

October 3, 2019

Staff Spotlight is a blog series featuring a member of Legal Council’s expert and ever-growing team. Today’s Spotlight features Jessica Richardson, our new Marketing and Development VISTA. 

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