Announcements

Comments on IDPH Proposed Rule for Lead Poisoning Prevention Code
October 19, 2018
On October 1st, Legal Council and Housing Action Illinois led an effort to comment on the proposed amendments to the Lead Poisoning Prevention Code put forward by the Illinois Department of Public...…
Fall 2018 Special Education Survey
September 28, 2018
Fall 2018 CPS Special Education Issues In May 2018, after a five-month investigation, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) found that CPS has systemically violated special education laws...…
Parent Fact Sheet: CPS Special Education Rights After SB 454
September 11, 2018
On August 20th of this year, SB 454, a bill amending Illinois school code, was signed into law. In response to a 5-month probe ISBE probe into the CPS Special Education program that spotlighted a...…
A Victory for Parent Empowerment in Response to ISBE Public Inquiry Into CPS Special Education
August 27, 2018
In a victory for Chicago Public Schools Special Education, Governor Rauner signed SB 454, a bill that empowers parents as part of their children’s special education process and blocks harmful...…
Safety Planning Guide for Undocumented Parents
August 21, 2018
Families who are undocumented may have questions about what will happen to their children if they are detained or deported. These are legitimate concerns, and can become overwhelming when parents are...…
Updated Physician Guidance Document for Child Developmental Health Screening
August 17, 2018
A work product of Healthy Chicago 2.0, the “Illinois Healthcare Provider Quick Resource Guide” is a guidance document for physicians on child developmental and behavioral health screenings. One in...…
Stock Asthma Rescue Medication in Schools Legislation Signed Into Illinois Law By Governor Rauner
August 9, 2018
With help from Legal Council’s children and family advocates, the ‘Stock Asthma Rescue Medication’ bill (SB 3015) has been signed by Gov. Rauner and is now Public Act 100-0726. This victory will...…
Breaking Down Barriers to Early Intervention for Lead-Poisoned Children
August 7, 2018
Legal Council for Health Justice is launching a pilot program dedicated to breaking down systemic barriers to Early Intervention services among lead-exposed children. The pilot program will provide...…
Stock Asthma Rescue Medication in Schools Legislation Heads to Governor Rauner
June 14, 2018
SB 3015, Stock Asthma Rescue Medication in Schools: The expert advocates in our children & families program at Legal Council for Health Justice have been hard at work in strengthening access to...…
Free Vision Services Available for CPS Students
May 1, 2018
Healthy eyes are critical to a child’s development and success in school. Chicago Public Schools has partnered with healthcare providers to provide free vision exams to CPS students! Illinois law...…
Update on ISBE investigation into CPS’ special education practices - Actualización Sobre la Investigación de ISBE Sobre las Prácticas de Educación Especial de CPS
April 24, 2018
The Inquiry Team released their findings last week and found that CPS has engaged in systemic delay and denial of special education services. At Legal Council for Health Justice, we are thrilled that...…
Free Beds Available to Qualifying Children Through Ashley Furniture HomeStore Hope to Dream
April 18, 2018
 Over the past 7 years Ashley Furniture HomeStore has provided 50,000 children in need with bedsets to call their own through its Hope to Dream program. If you serve a child from a low income...…
Applications Open: Chicago Summer Youth Employment Opportunities
April 9, 2018
Applications for youth summer employment programs are now available through the City of Chicago's One Summer Chicago program. These programs are a great opportunity for Chicago youth to gain job...…
IMPORTANT Additional Community Input Opportunities - CPS Special Education
February 26, 2018
The Illinois State Board of Education will be holding two additional community input days as part of a “Public Inquiry” into CPS’s handling of special education concerns.  The inquiry team is...…
Very Important Special Education News in CPS!
February 8, 2018
VERY IMPORTANT SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS IN CPS! Re: Stories needed about Chicago students with IEPs/504 plans. -- Deadline February 21, 2018 In response to a coordinated effort by educational...…
Warming Centers Open
February 5, 2018
As cold weather once again hits Northern Illinois warming centers are at the ready. Anyone lacking a warm place to stay can visit one of the locations below. Additionally Seniors can seek shelter in...…
Public Acts to take Effect on January 1, 2018
December 5, 2017
As the new year approaches an array of Public Acts passed by Illinois' 100th General Assembly will take effect. Below is a list of Public Acts taking effect January 1, 2018 that may impact service...…
Registration is Now Open for Play for All Events at Chicago Children's Museum
November 20, 2017
Chicago Children's Museum holds monthly Play for All Events during which children and families with disabilities are invited to enjoy a private hour inside the Museum.  Registration for the winter...…
Navigating Changes to Illinois' Medicaid Managed Care Plans
November 6, 2017
Starting January 2018, Illinois' Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCO) health plans will incorporate  all counties statewide and will include a total of 7 different MCO providers within Cook...…
Open Enrollment is Live
November 1, 2017
The Open Enrollment period has begun. The enrollment period for Obamacare 2018 is November 1 until December 15. Please note that this is shorter than past years. Individuals can enroll on...…
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