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Staff Spotlight: Jonnsebastian Orozco

May 14, 2019

Staff Spotlight is a blog series featuring a member of Legal Council’s expert team. Today’s Spotlight features Jonnsebastian Orozco, a senior law student with our children and families partnerships program. 

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Mayor-Elect Lightfoot’s Education Transition Committee Survey Responses

May 8, 2019

The inauguration of Chicago’s new Mayor, Lori Lightfoot, gives us advocates in the disability rights community with an exciting opportunity to help set a new agenda for the city. Legal Council was invited to provide input to the Mayor elect’s education transition team on public education in Chicago, and our policy proposals are detailed below.…

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STATEMENT: Legal Council Denounces Proposed Noncitizen Rule

May 2, 2019

On April 17, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposed a new rule that would restrict immigrants from accessing federal housing assistance. This proposed rule is designed to increase the fear and confusion that immigrant communities endure and pointlessly jeopardizes the housing stability of tens of thousands of families that legally live in…

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Illinois advocates call for lead paint abatement funding

Call For Capital Bill Investment In Lead Paint Abatement

April 29, 2019

Last week was the 5th year anniversary of the Flint lead crisis. Lead poisoning and exposure continues to be a prominent problem in the country. In Illinois, the burden of lead poisoning is one of the highest in the nation. As most children are poisoned by lead paint exposure, Legal Council and the Civitas ChildLaw…

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Client Focus: Jackson

April 25, 2019

Dana is a mother of three children struggling to balance a variety of medical and income problems. She had been seeking consistent medical treatment to ensure that her children were receiving the care they needed. Dana and her family began services through Under the Rainbow, where her children could receive therapy. Her middle son, Jackson,…

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Sexual Violence and Persons with Disabilities

April 22, 2019

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Over the last couple of years, thanks to the #MeToo movement, sexual assault has become a major topic of conversation. Survivors are coming forward to not only speak their truth about being assaulted, but hoping this will encourage others to share their stories and challenge a culture of sexual…

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Staff Spotlight: Adoley Jordan

April 11, 2019

Staff Spotlight is a blog series featuring a member of Legal Council’s expert and ever-growing team. Today’s Spotlight features Adoley Jordan, Legal Council’s Grants Manager.  What brought you to Legal Council? I am interested in public health and health policy. Also I am a current MPH [Master of Public Health] student at University of Illinois…

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Policy Update: Creating healthy futures for Illinoisans

April 9, 2019

The fight for health justice continues in Illinois with many bills to protect and expand access to healthy futures in Illinois.

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Client Focus: Trent

April 9, 2019

When Legal Council met Trent, he was waiting for approval for a heart and lung transplant.

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