Legal Council Blog

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Mental Health and Criminal Justice Reform

April 20, 2021

At the onset of COVID-19, Legal Council advocates recognized the serious risk for outbreaks in crowded prisons, and joined advocates across the city and state to advocate for measures to reduce prison populations.

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Public Charge Ends, Victory for Immigrant Families

March 12, 2021

Immigrant families in Illinois no longer have to choose between their immigration status and their health.

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American Rescue Plan Promises Relief for Illinois Families

March 11, 2021

President Biden signs the American Rescue Plan, a historic bill that will provide economic relief to Americans during the ongoing pandemic.

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June 27 is National HIV Testing Day

Combating HIV Stigma

March 4, 2021

This story was originally published in Legal Council’s 2020 Annual Report. Much has changed for people living with HIV since the beginning of the epidemic, but much also remains the same. While we know more about transmission and medical treatment, ignorance and miseducation around HIV continue to fuel stigma against the virus and those who…

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Illinois legisilation introduced to decriminalize HIV

Advocates and Legislators Introduce Bill to Decriminalize HIV in Illinois

February 25, 2021

A new bill in Illinois aims to end criminal penalties against people living with HIV.

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President Biden Reopens Affordable Care Act Enrollment

February 5, 2021

President Biden signed two executive orders aimed at bolstering the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid, expressing prioritization of healthcare.

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New Executive Order takes first step towards undoing harmful public charge rule

New Executive Order Takes First Step Towards Ending Public Charge Wealth Test

February 3, 2021

A new Executive Order takes the first step towards undoing the former administration’s harmful public charge rule.

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Next Phase of IL’s COVID Vaccine Rollout Includes People in Prisons and Jails

January 25, 2021

Phase 1B of Illinois’ roll out begins this week. Soon, people who are incarcerated will be able to access the COVID vaccine.

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5 Ways the New Administration Can Advance Health Justice

January 20, 2021

The new Administration and majority in Congress could allow for a variety of new advances in health care and services.

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