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The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin published an editorial by Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice regarding the impact of the state fiscal crisis on the state’s flagship prison diversion program, Adult Redeploy Illinois. The full text is reprinted below and a .pdf is available here: In this week’s state of the state address, Governor Rauner rightly characterizes our state’s… Continue Reading

In August, Chicago Appleseed joined an amicus authored by the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project of the George Washington University Law School and attorneys at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP filed before the Illinois Appellate court in Sanchez v. Torres. At issue in the case was whether it was proper for the trial… Continue Reading

In June of this year, an amendment to 735 ILCS 5/2-1105 went into effect, reducing the size of juries in civil trials in Illinois from twelve jurors to six. The ostensible purpose of the reduction in jury size was to accommodate a rise in juror pay (from $17.20 per day in Cook County to $25… Continue Reading

The Tennessee Rules for judicial election campaign conduct are considered an excellent model for Supreme Court rules in jurisdictions that elect judges. In early December, the Tennessee Supreme Court amended the provisions of the Code of Judicial Conduct regarding judges and judicial candidates’ election campaign conduct. The recent changes stem from suggestions made by a… Continue Reading

Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice has been working with a task force for the Presiding Judge of the Domestic Relations Division, Grace Dickler, for several years to improve the court. The work has been very rewarding and plans for a pilot courtroom based upon our work have been approved for 2016. In a very exciting… Continue Reading

Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice has been a part of the Chicago social justice community for over 40 years. We are proud of the relationships we have built with many reform-minded members of our courts and County government. Like the rest of the community, we are disturbed by the systemic failures exposed in the aftermath… Continue Reading

It’s Giving Tuesday. We hope you’ll participate with a contribution to the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice! Your donation supports the Collaboration for Justice—the joint research and advocacy effort of Chicago Appleseed and the Chicago Council of Lawyers—dedicated to promoting fair and effective courts. Our courts provide the necessary check to potential abuse of power and must… Continue Reading

The first meeting of the HB356 Drug Field Testing Pilot Study Committee met on November 13, 2015. The purpose of the pilot program is to being field testing of alleged drug samples shortly after arrest so that defendant may move to preliminary hearing more quickly than had otherwise been occurring and, thereby, to reduce the lengths of… Continue Reading

Our End of the Year Fundraising campaign is underway! Once again, an anonymous donor has generously pledged to match all contributions between now and December 31, 2015 up to $40,000!  Please help us meet this goal and collect the pledge. Last year, our supporters responded to our annual fundraising drive with extraordinary generosity and allowed… Continue Reading

At the Collaboration for Justice’s Annual Luncheon on Friday, October 16, we honored the Access to Community Treatment Court of Cook County with our Commitment to Justice Award. We also recognized three extraordinary graduates of the ACT Court–Lester, Angelique, and Cynthia–who attended the luncheon and shared their stories via the documentary video below. The ACT Court identifies… Continue Reading

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