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Progress for Illinois Special Education Students

June 4, 2019

After a unanimous vote in both chambers, the Illinois General Assembly has passed two special education bills crafted by Legal Council advocates.

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Illinois advocates call for lead paint abatement funding

Big Victory in Illinois for Lead-Exposed Children

June 3, 2019

Illinois children with lead poisoning will soon have access to critical supports and services, thanks to legislation spearheaded by Legal Council’s child health advocates. This past weekend, the Illinois General Assembly included in the budget implementation bill an amendment to the Early Intervention Services System Act that will guarantee access to Early Intervention (EI) services…

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Illinois Kids Aren’t Getting the Health Care They Need

June 3, 2019

Since 2017, there has been an increase in the amount of uninsured kids in America. A new report shows a sharp national decline in children’s health insurance coverage through Medicaid and CHIP. Illinois experienced one of the largest decreases in enrollment. While children of families with low income aren’t enrolling in these programs, research shows…

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Trans Lives and Well-Being Are Under Attack

June 1, 2019

This Pride, the federal government continues to threaten the health, well-being, and safety of the transgender and gender nonconforming community.

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ATTN: CPS Therapeutic Day School Parents

May 17, 2019

To Chicago Public Schools parents of kids in Therapeutic Day School: Do you provide breakfast and lunch for your child? Chicago Public Schools is supposed to provide free breakfast and lunch to all of its students, but kids in Therapeutic Day School placements may not be receiving these nutritional services. Legal Council is helping Chicago…

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Proposed public charge threatens the health and well-being of immigrant families

FAQ: What is the Public Charge?

May 14, 2019

In an effort to address recent and ongoing changes to immigration rules and regulations, Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) released two documents answering frequently asked questions on the proposed public charge rule and the more recent Department of Justice deportation on public charge grounds rule. While neither rule has been adopted yet, the chilling effects these…

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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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