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Client Focus: Nicole

June 18, 2019

Nicole was struggling in school. She couldn’t identify two digit numbers and was having a hard time communicating. She already had an individualized education program (IEP), but Nicole and her family were unsure if she was receiving all of her services. Nicole and her parents only spoke Spanish, but no one at her school could…

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New Statewide Coalition Created to End Criminalization of People Living With HIV

June 11, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 2019 CONTACT: New Statewide Coalition Created to End Criminalization of People Living With HIV Chicago, Ill.—The Illinois HIV Action Alliance is a new statewide coalition of legal, health, policy organizations, and other advocates – launched today in an organized effort to end HIV criminalization in Illinois. Currently, Illinois law criminalizes…

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Client Focus: Michael

June 5, 2019

When Michael lost his job, he also lost his health coverage. As someone living with depression and severe mental illnesses, quality, affordable health coverage was essential to his well-being. On top of the stress of handling his mental health without coverage, Michael was also in the middle of an effort to overcome his substance use…

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special education students

Progress for Illinois Special Education Students

June 4, 2019

After a unanimous vote in both chambers, the Illinois General Assembly has passed two special education bills crafted by Legal Council advocates.

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Illinois advocates call for lead paint abatement funding

Big Victory in Illinois for Lead-Exposed Children

June 3, 2019

Illinois children with lead poisoning will soon have access to critical supports and services, thanks to legislation spearheaded by Legal Council’s child health advocates. This past weekend, the Illinois General Assembly included in the budget implementation bill an amendment to the Early Intervention Services System Act that will guarantee access to Early Intervention (EI) services…

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Illinois Kids Aren’t Getting the Health Care They Need

June 3, 2019

Since 2017, there has been an increase in the amount of uninsured kids in America. A new report shows a sharp national decline in children’s health insurance coverage through Medicaid and CHIP. Illinois experienced one of the largest decreases in enrollment. While children of families with low income aren’t enrolling in these programs, research shows…

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Protect Trans Health

Trans Lives and Well-Being Are Under Attack

June 1, 2019

This Pride, the federal government continues to threaten the health, well-being, and safety of the transgender and gender nonconforming community.

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ATTN: CPS Therapeutic Day School Parents

May 17, 2019

To Chicago Public Schools parents of kids in Therapeutic Day School: Do you provide breakfast and lunch for your child? Chicago Public Schools is supposed to provide free breakfast and lunch to all of its students, but kids in Therapeutic Day School placements may not be receiving these nutritional services. Legal Council is helping Chicago…

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Proposed public charge threatens the health and well-being of immigrant families

FAQ: What is the Public Charge?

May 14, 2019

In an effort to address recent and ongoing changes to immigration rules and regulations, Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) released two documents answering frequently asked questions on the proposed public charge rule and the more recent Department of Justice deportation on public charge grounds rule. While neither rule has been adopted yet, the chilling effects these…

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