February 2017 e-newsletter  
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IL Armed Forces Legal Aid Network Grant Applications Available 

The Illinois Equal Justice Foundation is excited to announce that grant guidelines and applications are now available for the Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network (IL-AFLAN). This funding is available pursuant to Public Act 99-0281, an amendment to the Access to Justice Act, which calls for a pilot statewide legal assistance hotline and coordinated network of legal support services for active duty military personnel, veterans, and their spouses and dependents. This pilot project is an exciting opportunity to create, deepen, and more fully coordinate legal aid services in Illinois for a deserving population. IEJF encourages you to review the grant guidelines for more information and to contact Zach Zarnow at or 312-938-2106 with any questions.  

Click for grant guidelines and applications.  Applications for Year 1 are due electronically on March 13, 2017.
Legal Aid Serves Those Who Protect 

Shelley canceled her auto insurance around the time she was deployed. However, she was not aware that there was one more payment due, and she did not find out until months later when she returned home. She payed the fee as soon as she could, but the overdue payment had already gone to collection. When Shelley tried to purchase a house, she found that the late payment was listed on her credit report and lowered her credit rating by 60 points, leaving her one point short of obtaining a loan. She contacted the insurance company to discuss the problem, but was unable to resolve the matter. Shelley wisely turned to LAF's Veterans Rights Project for help.  READ MORE.

Mission Dialogue
The Illinois Equal Justice Foundation staff and Board members got together late last month to participate in a Mission Dialogue. Bob Glaves of the Chicago Bar Foundation and Ann Spillane, Chief of Staff for Attorney General Lisa Madigan, also joined in and provided insight on the early history of the IEJF. Stacy French Reynolds of Anchor Advisors, and graphic artist, George Berlin, facilitated the discussion, keeping it dynamic and engaging. The Mission Dialogue served to document the progress of the IEJF, its current mission, and the goals for the upcoming years.
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Authority Announces Funding Opportunity for Legal Assistance Programs

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority is requesting applications for federal Victims of Crime Act grants to support legal assistance programs. Approximately $6 million is available for this funding opportunity. 
Click here for application materials, funding eligibility, and other information. 
Application deadline: April 7, 2017.
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