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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.

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Erasing stigma!

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Patrick Kennedy's Movement Says Mental Illness Is A Medical Issue, Not A Moral Issue

Patrick Kennedy was featured in last night's 60 Minutes seeking to highlight the urgency of mental health issues drawing from his own experience. The youngest child of Senator Ted Kennedy, Patrick Kennedy was supposed to be the heir apparent to a political dynasty. But after his father died, Patrick…

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Jesse White: Budget standoff may lead to security issues

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has warned of potential major problems at government facilities statewide related to the state budget standoff,

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Childhood Stress May Prime Pump For Chronic Disease Later

A British study that tracked the health of thousands from childhood through midlife finds early distress to be even more potent than adult stress in predicting later diabetes and heart disease.

Big ups to The Family Defense Center, featured here in The Nation

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Has Child Protective Services Gone Too Far?

On July 29, 2013, a Latina mother in Illinois named Natasha Felix sent her three sons, ages 11, 9, and 5, out to play with a visiting cousin, a young girl, in a fenced park right next to her apartment building.

$32 billion - $37 billion = why isn't Illinois talking revenue solutions? #twill

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Rauner end run to cut budget another flashpoint in impasse

Thwarted by lawmakers in his efforts to dramatically cut state spending, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has turned to a workaround, using an obscure rule-making process to repeatedly tighten eligibility requirements for numerous social service programs for children, the elderly and the disabled.

Legal Council for Health Justice formerly AIDS Legal Council of Chicago shared a link.

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House Calls To The Homeless: A Doctor Treats Boston's Most Isolated Patients

James O'Connell refers to himself as a "street doctor." Since 1985, he has cared for homeless patients, sometimes making visits on park benches or in alleys. His memoir is Stories from the Shadows.

Without a budget in Illinois, this number will grow. #End45 #twill

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45 Million Persons in the US are Living in Poverty

End45: Raise a Hand to End Poverty in America More than 45 million people in America are living in poverty today – one in seven individuals. Poverty

We're a proud new partner of MB Financial. Thank you for making our legal admin's children sob for joy by inviting them to last week's Marc Anthony concert at the All State Arena.

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The The White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable launched yesterday. Read about it on the The United States Department of Justice's blog. #accesstojustice

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Establishing the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable | OPA | Department of Justice

September 28, 2015Courtesy of Director Lisa Foster of the Office for Access to Justice “Providing meaningful access to justice is a national responsibility and a moral charge. I am delighted by President Obama's action to expand legal aid resources for Americans in need, and excited for all that th…

Don't let a little cloud or rain get in the way of doing something important for your well-being on #WorldHeartDay

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City of Chicago :: Chicago Department of Public Health Celebrates World...

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) will host a World Heart Day Celebration today at the Federal Plaza Farmer’s Market, to generate...

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Stemming The Cycle Of Toxic Stress – For The Kids’ Sake

An Oregon pediatrician is among a growing number of doctors nationally trying to help families whose kids are at risk of experiencing trauma with lifelong health consequences.

Our friends at Equality Illinois are hiring!

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Job Posting – Development Associate « Equality Illinois

Equality Illinois is the Midwest’s largest organization advocating for full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Equality Illinois is a 501(c)(4) organization, which also has an affiliated 501(c)(3) organization, Equality Illinois Education Project. Equality Illinois builds a…

Legal Council for Health Justice formerly AIDS Legal Council of Chicago added 26 new photos to the album: AIDS Run & Walk — at Soldier Field.

September 26, 2015

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AIDS Run & Walk

September 26, 2015

They forgot legal issue spotting. Shows we have a long way to go ...

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Seven 21st-Century Skills Doctors Wish They’d Learned in Medical School

Medical schools are rethinking education for tomorrow's doctors, in light of dramatic changes in medical practice.

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Mitchell: Pastors' wives unite to save lives - Chicago

Sunday's First Ladies Health Day is a gift to the entire community that, for some,t may prove to be a lifesaver, Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell writes.

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