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Founded in 1987, we use the power of the law to secure dignity, opportunity, and well-being for people facing illness or disability.

In the last year, we've expanded our "legal care" for people with HIV to also stand up for individuals living with other chronic, disabling, and stigmatized health conditions. This includes mental illness, homelessness, and children and youth with special needs.

To reflect these changes, we are changing our name to Legal Council for Health Justice.

AIDS Legal Council will remain a strong foundational program of the agency, along with newly merged programs, Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children and Homeless Outreach Project.

As always, simply call us at 312-427-8990 with any questions you may have. We are here to help you!

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AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
August 24, 2015 at 3:25 pm

If you are a stroller or runner who is looking for a wagging good time, join our 2015 AIDS Run/Walk Chicago team today. See blog post for deets.

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Step on it | Join our 2015 AIDS Run & Walk team

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AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
August 22, 2015 at 7:38 am

We're on Flickr and Instagram now. Come check our bad selves out. Follow the @legalcouncil!

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Explore Legal Council's 7 photos on Flickr!

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
August 21, 2015 at 8:10 am

U.S. government affirms gay couples eligible for #SocialSecurity benefits

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Gay couples are eligible for benefits, US decides - The Boston Globe

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Same-sex married couples who were living in states that did not recognize their unions and who previously filed claims for Social Security benefits will be able to collect those payments, the government said Thursday.

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
August 20, 2015 at 5:43 pm

Summer recap. Or, in the words of the Dalai Lama, "It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act."

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Fixing holes in the safety net

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Thanks to our legal actions with the Shriver Center and pro bono support from Goldberg Kohn, hospitals and health centers are once again getting reimbursed...

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
August 20, 2015 at 1:35 pm

Some relief. Gov. Rauner signs federal pass-thru bill. This means CHIC and ADAP HIV medication assistance programs are fully funded through early 2016. Here's hoping we have a state budget by then that completes funding for the rest of FY16, along with Early Intervention, mental health, etc.

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Rauner signs federal pass-through funds bill

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that will allow the state to spend more than $5 billion dollars in federal money. The federal pass-through legislation was needed t...

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
August 19, 2015 at 1:18 pm

Interest is so high, servers have been slammed. But this survey will be available, at least until Sept. 21, so check back to respond and share widely. Every voice counts! You know, National Center for Transgender Equality, you might consider CloudFlare

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The 2015 U.S. Trans Survey is the new name of the largest survey ever devoted to the lives and experiences of trans people.

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
August 18, 2015 at 11:38 am

Great blog post on ways medical education can be augmented to improve health and patient care. Medical-legal partnerships can answer the "Now what?" question. Does your clinic or hospital have one? #sdoh

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Medical Education and Housing as Health Care

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By Andrew Hyatt Expectations of first-year medical students are mercifully low when we are presenting patients. So when I told my preceptor, “Jose is a 9-year-old male with a history of moderate in...

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
August 14, 2015 at 11:31 am

Check out some of the fantastic smiles we captured Wednesday night at our big tiki party! Mahalo to everyone for coming out and helping to advance our mission!

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
August 14, 2015 at 8:31 am

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago updated their cover photo.

http://events.aidschicago.org/site/TR/RW/RW15?team_id=2145&pg=team&fr_id=1250

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AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
August 13, 2015 at 5:33 pm

A fond farewell to the best summer law student interns! Grateful for Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) and all the institutions of higher learning willing to share their talented future attorneys with us.

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Summer interns, had me a blast

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Each year, mostly during the summer, our interns make the difference. They help us in myriad ways. What do interns get out of being here? Alex Kalyniuk, a rising second year law student at William & Mary Law School, who interned with our Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children program, tells…

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
August 13, 2015 at 4:11 pm

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago updated their cover photo.

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AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
August 12, 2015 at 2:48 pm

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago at Sidetrack The Video Bar

It's beginning to look a lot like TIKI!

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Tiki Holiday - August 12, 2015
AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
August 12, 2015 at 12:07 pm

TONIGHT: It's time to tiki, friends! Tickets are available online throughout the day and @ the door. We look forward to celebrating with you tonight. And yes, feel free to strut your stuff in your favorite tiki-inspired clothing! Event tickets, Grand Raffle tickets, and online auction info. here: http://tiki2015.myab.co

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AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
August 12, 2015 at 8:56 am

Congrats Howard Brown Health Center! Great news for LGBTQ care.

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HBHC Earns Designation as New Federally Qualified Health Center!

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JUST IN...HBHC Earns Designation as New Federally Qualified Health
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AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
August 11, 2015 at 6:50 pm

The governor signs a bill, the governor signs a bill. Heigh-ho the derry-o, Governor Bruce Rauner signs a bill.

This is a blog post on a law we worked on after discovering only 10% of student health and safety laws required by district-run schools were applicable to charter schools. Filed by State Representative Robyn Gabel and introduced in the Senate by Daniel Biss.

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Student Health and Safety for All

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This week Gov. Bruce Rauner signed HB 1360 into law (now Public Act 099-0325), signaling a commitment to improving health, wellness, and safety standards throughout the Illinois charter school system. The newly amended law guarantees all charters must comply with student health and safety laws appli…

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