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BREAKING: Legal Council Statement on Proposed Public Charge Rule

September 24, 2018

This weekend, the Department of Homeland Security published an unofficial “public charge” proposed rule. As of now, the official proposed rule has not yet been filed in the Federal Register and the 60-day comment period has yet to begin. This proposal would penalize immigrant families who seek assistance in meeting their basic nutrition, health care, and housing…

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Legal Council Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight: Megan Harkins

September 20, 2018

Legal Council just keeps growing! In just this 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.” In the…

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Patient Advocates vs. Trump Administration

September 17, 2018

Patient advocates and other healthcare groups filed a lawsuit in federal court on Sept. 14 to block the Trump administration from “expanding the availability of short-term health plans that don’t offer a full set of benefits,” according to a piece in the LA Times. The administration has been trying to diminish patient security brought by the Affordable Care…

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Our Advocates Never Sleep: Program Director Receives Public Health Advocacy Award

September 10, 2018

Congratulations to Amy Zimmerman, Legal Council’s Director of Children & Families Partnerships, for receiving the Public Health Advocacy Award this past week! The Illinois Public Health Association’s Public Health Advocacy Award is awarded to an advocate whose outstanding accomplishments have bettered public health in Illinois. Amy oversees child health policy and program development tackling health…

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Brett Kavanaugh Appears On Capital Hill

September 7, 2018

This week, Judge Brett Kavanaugh appeared on Capital Hill for his Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Republicans believe that Kavanaugh is an “experienced, independent-minded jurist with a sparkling résumé, and …an advocate and mentor for women in the judiciary“. In contrast, Democrats see the judge as someone who will take away abortion rights, as well as health care for…

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Client Focus: Sasha

September 7, 2018

From day one life forced Sasha to put up a fight. When she was born, she was infected with HIV and was a child of the foster care system. At age six she was diagnosed with AIDS. Despite the trauma and health struggles she experienced, by 2014 Sasha was thriving. It seemed she was doing…

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Blindsided Parents: Special Education Advocates Hold CPS Accountable

August 29, 2018

This week Legal Council’s own special education advocate Barb Cohen and WBEZ’s Sarah Karp discussed Chicago Public Schools’ relationship with the parents of special needs students on WBEZ’s All Things Considered. Over the last year CPS and their Special Education program have been the topic of conversation. Karp, whose extensive investigative reporting helped lead to the State…

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Healthcare Takes Major Hit In Illinois

August 28, 2018

To our dismay, yesterday Gov. Rauner vetoed the Limited Duration Insurance Act (HB 2624) and the “Do No Harm” Health Care Act (HB 4165). These two bills were designed to protect Illinoisans against insufficient coverage and diminishing access to care. Deciding to veto these bills shows that the Rauner administration does not care about universal care and…

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Improving Parent Involvement in CPS Special Education

August 23, 2018

This week, parents of Chicago Public Schools students with special needs won a significant victory: On August 20th, Gov. Rauner signed SB 454. This past May, Legal Council collaborated with Rep. Fred Crespo to pass an amendment to SB 454, amending the Illinois school code. This amendment strengthens the Chicago Public Schools special education process…

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