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Staff Spotlight: Jada Tinnin

April 2, 2019

Staff Spotlight is a blog series featuring a member of Legal Council’s expert and ever-growing team. Today’s Spotlight features Jada Tinnin, a Health and Disability Medical Legal Partnership Coordinator, AmeriCorps VISTA with our HIV/AIDS program. What brought you to Legal Council? I wanted to learn more about law and public health. I also have a…

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Policy Update: Protecting Special Education for Illinois Children

April 1, 2019

UPDATE 4/12/2019: Both of Legal Council’s special education bills passed the House unanimously on April 11, 2019. Thank you to sponsors Rep. Crespo, Rep. Carroll, Rep. Davis, and Rep. Martwick for their continued leadership and advocacy on behalf of Illinois students with special needs. Stay tuned for more updates as the bill continues to the…

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Exploring the health and well-being of the transgender community

March 31, 2019

On this year’s Transgender Day of Visibility, we want to celebrate the accomplishments made towards expanding and protecting the rights and well-being of the trans community. But we must also recognize a significant amount of work left to be done in fighting the rampant discrimination and violence facing trans and gender nonconforming communities. Members of…

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Illinois HIV Decriminalization Coalition speaks out against HIV-specific criminal laws

What you need to know about HIV criminalization

March 21, 2019

Since the beginning of the HIV epidemic, individuals living with HIV have faced countless acts of discrimination, violence, and unnecessary punishment based on their HIV status. Despite progress made on what we know about HIV and how we treat the virus, many Americans–including Illinoisans–still must face laws that criminalize HIV transmission. As longtime members of…

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Staff Spotlight: Shelmun Dashan

March 21, 2019

Staff Spotlight is a blog series featuring a member of Legal Council’s expert and ever-growing team. Today’s Spotlight features Shelmun Dashan, a new staff attorney in the HIV/AIDS Program.  What brought you to Legal Council? Like Julie Brennan, I came to Legal Council from a restricted legal aid organization for the same reasons: Legal Council…

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Client Focus: Tina

March 8, 2019

Legal Council client Tina was a strong woman with an extensive history of trauma and was experiencing homelessness. Although Tina was strong, her troubled childhood and health issues made for a difficult adulthood and she was out of options. After Tina sought assistance from Legal Council, she shaped a new outlook on her life despite…

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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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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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