Governor Pritzker Signs HB 1063, Ending Criminal Penalties for People Living With HIV In Illinois

This announcement was released through the Illinois HIV Action Alliance (IHAA), a coalition of which Legal Council for Health Justice is a member. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SPRINGFIELD, IL – Today, Governor JB Pritzker signed House Bill 1063 into law, which ends criminal penalties for those living with HIV in Illinois, effective immediately. Illinois is now the…

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Combating HIV Stigma

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day

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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Building Better and Healthier Communities: Chancelor’s Story

This story was originally published in Legal Council’s 2019 Annual Report. In 1991, Chancelor Cunningham woke up and couldn’t breathe. Initially, a doctor misdiagnosed him with bronchitis. Later, when things weren’t improving, a new doctor changed the diagnosis to pneumonia and admitted him to a hospital in Bronzeville for an extended stay. “They told me I…

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Client Focus: Quinn

Quinn, 35, was a single mother raising two children on the south side of Chicago who was hit with an unexpected life storm. Throughout her life she was diagnosed with several mental illnesses, depression, and anxiety. But a late diagnosis of HIV caused the biggest shift of all.

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