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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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inequalities in schools

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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BREAKING: Joint Statement on Medicaid Hepatitis C Treatment Restrictions

November 7, 2018

AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Legal Council for Health Justice Statement on Medicaid Hepatitis C Treatment Restrictions Legal Council for Health Justice and AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) laud the Illinois Department of Health and Family Services (HFS) announcement today ending the department’s policy of rationing coverage of life-saving drugs to cure hepatitis C (HCV)…

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Legal Council Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight: Johan Lee

October 29, 2018

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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STATEMENT: Protecting Immigrant Families – Illinois applauds Cook County Board’s Resolution

October 18, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     Contact: Manuel Gonzales, Communications Manager, Latino Policy Forum 303-880-5954, mgonzales@latinopolicyforum.org Protecting Immigrant Families – Illinois applauds Cook County Board’s Resolution Coalition of Advocates Calls on All Elected Officials in Illinois to Fight this Cruel Attack on Immigrant Families Protecting Immigrant Families – Illinois is a diverse coalition of advocates from leading…

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Childhood lead exposure: Advocating for automatic eligibility for EI services

October 16, 2018

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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Legal Council's 30th Anniversary Gala

Celebrating 30 years of Legal Council!

October 16, 2018

Legal Council’s 30th Anniversary Gala was a hit! Thank you to everyone who supported this special, one-time, sold out event. Special thank you to Gala Co-Chairs Kimball R. Anderson and Karen Gatsis Anderson, local leaders in law and longtime supporters of Legal Council. “Thirty years ago, our hero James Monroe Smith founded AIDS Legal Council to…

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M.A. vs. Patricia R. Bellock: Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement and Hearing

October 9, 2018

A settlement has been proposed that may affect the rights of Medicaid-eligible persons in the State of Illinois who are under the age of 21, receive in-home shift nursing services, or have applied for in-hone shift nursing services, or have applied for in-home shift nursing services (dates) and received notices from the Illinois Department that…

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