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What You Can Do To Help Medicaid in Illinois

March 7, 2019

In response to constant barriers, Protect Our Care Illinois (a statewide coalition of which Legal Council is a leading agency) is promoting a new piece of legislation to reform and improve the Medicaid eligibility and renewal process. The bill, SB2021 or the Medicaid Eligibility Determination and Renewal Reform Act, takes the best practices from other states who do not experience these problems and puts forward a comprehensive approach to reform.

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Legal Council Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight: Julie Brennan

March 6, 2019

Staff Spotlight is a blog series featuring a member of Legal Council’s expert and ever-growing team. Today’s Spotlight features Julie Brennan, a new supervisory attorney for our children and family partnerships program.  What brought you to Legal Council? I have worked in legal aid for over 14 years, with all the restrictions of a legal…

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Client Focus: Alexis

March 6, 2019

At the age of 10, Alexis had been held back in school twice. Alexis couldn’t recite her ABC’s. In math class, she couldn’t distinguish between addition and subtraction symbols. Her mother tried day after day to get an evaluation and extra tutoring for her daughter, but the teachers insisted Alexis was fine, even though her…

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Client Focus: Martin

March 5, 2019

Martin is a senior living with HIV, liver problems, chronic back pain, and other disabling conditions. After a series of accidents and facing the loss of vital health care and services, Martin worked with Legal Council to gain access to the life-saving medication he desperately needed. Before a car accident and poor health began to…

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Hateful to Health: The lasting effects of hate crimes on public health

March 4, 2019

Warning: This post discusses physical and verbal abuse and violence, including references to mass weapons, racist symbols, suicide, and death. Over the years, hate crimes have steadily increased in America. In 2017, there was a 23 percent increase in religion-based hate crimes, while 60% of survivors and victims were targeted because of their race, ethnicity,…

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LETTER TO ISBE: CPS Special Education Update, February 2019

February 26, 2019

This letter was sent by a special education advocacy group to members of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) on the morning of February 26, 2019, prior to a presentation to ISBE members by the ISBE Monitor for Chicago Public Schools’ special education program. Legal Council continues to be an active member of the…

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Illinois Kids Deserve Care: Big Win for In-Home Nursing Services

February 21, 2019

After years of settlement discussion, Legal Council settled the MA v. Bellock class-action lawsuit with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) in January. The judge ruled in favor of more than 1,300 medically complex children who need in-home nursing. This legal battle for Illinois children started after HFS hired a third party…

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Chicago Public Schools' students with special needs face new limitations

Chicago Public Schools Limiting Services for Students with Special Needs

February 19, 2019

Amy Zimmerman, Director of Children and Families Partnerships at Legal Council, was featured in a story by WBEZ that exposes problems with Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) newest policy change affecting children with significant special needs. For the first time, CPS is offering the parents of children who attend “cluster” programs, sometimes called “self-contained classrooms,” the…

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Legal Council Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight: Taylor Belew

February 11, 2019

Staff Spotlight is a blog series featuring a member of Legal Council’s expert and ever-growing team. Today’s Spotlight features Taylor Belew, a new staff attorney working with Legal Council’s partnership with ACCESS.  What brought you to Legal Council? I recently relocated from San Francisco to Chicago, and immediately started looking at getting involved in the…

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