Cook County Budget Cuts Could Threaten Fundamental Rights of Indigent Defendants

Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice and the Chicago Council of Lawyers strongly urged the County Board to refrain from cutting budgets of the Cook County Public Defender’s and State’s Attorney’s offices in a public letter yesterday. Cuts to the Public Defender’s budget would threaten the constitutional rights of Cook County residents accused of crimes and cause greater economic and social… Read more →

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 →