Next Steps for Domestic Relations

Over the last five years, Chicago Appleseed has been working closely with Grace Dickler, the Presiding Judge of the Cook County Domestic Relations Division. Together, we have collaborated to remake the domestic relations courts into a single, modern court that not only serves the needs families using it but also operates effectively and uses its resources in the best way… Read more →

Monday Press Conference: First Major Hearing For Lawsuit Challenging Constitutionality of Jailing Thousands Too Poor to Afford Bond

Coalition to End Money Bond Press contacts: Sharlyn Grace, Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice, 773-946-8535, sharlyngrace [at] chicagoappleseed [dot] org Max Suchan, Director of Operations, Chicago Community Bond Fund, 773-551-2353, max [at] chicagobond [dot] org Twitter: #EndMoneyBail | Facebook event Website: http://www.chicagoappleseed.org/coalition-to-end-money-bond/ PRESS RELEASE: For Immediate Release 5 FAQs about Bail Reform: Download PDF. Monday Press Conference: First Major Hearing For… Read more →

August is Child Support Awareness Month

Last month, Illinois adopted an “income shares” model for determining child support, joining 39 other states in considering the income of both parents in calculating the money needed to raise their child. “Income shares” for calculating child support is based upon a model developed by the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement.   Although the change is not a reason… Read more →

The Bi-Partisan Dream Act Strengthens Communities

Senator Durbin (D-Illinois), along with Senator Graham (R-South Carolina), has re-introduced the Dream Act, legislation to streamline the immigration process for young people who have lived in the United States since childhood. It was first introduced in 2001 and despite broad bi-partisan support, it is not yet law. The Dream Act offers lawful residence and a path to citizenship for… Read more →