Thank You for a Successful End of the Year Fundraising Campaign

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our end of the year campaign! We successfully met our goal to receive an anonymous donor’s $40,000 matching funds. Your donations ranged from $20 to a very generous $10,000 and totaled $50,200 for the campaign. We appreciate every single donation. When you participate in our fundraising, you’re not simply facilitating our work, you’re validating… Read more →

Court Recording and Access to Justice in the Eviction Courts of Cook County

Chicago Reader reporter Maya Dukmasova published two-part story on eviction in Cook County last month. The first part focuses on the relationship between gentrification and eviction and the vulnerability of immigrant populations. The second part examines access to justice problems in the eviction courts and quotes our executive director on the court’s failure to preserve the right to appeal. It’s… Read more →

Medicaid Expansion and the Access to Community Treatment Court

The fate of the Affordable Care Act and the Medicaid expansion, is uncertain. Illinois was one of the first states to embrace the Medicaid expansion in 2013, and it was instrumental in supporting the Access to Community Treatment court, a project of Chicago Appleseed. The Access to Community Treatment Court is a problem-solving court in the Criminal Division in the… Read more →

Access to Community Treatment Court Celebrates Third Graduation

by Ali Abid, Senior Criminal Justice Policy Analyst at Chicago Appleseed On December 2, 2016, Cook County’s Access to Community Treatment (ACT) Court achieved a major milestone by celebrating its third graduation for individuals who successfully completed the problem-solving court program. In total, 10 individuals were recognized for their efforts, and four graduates shared powerful remarks about their experience before, during, and after… Read more →

An Update from the Immigration Court Reform Advisory Committee Co-Chair

Proposing a New Model to Ensure Efficiency in the Courts, Creating a Manual for Practitioners, and More–Lisa Palumbo, Immigration Court Reform Advisory Committee Co-Chair The purpose is of the Immigration Court Reform Advisory Committee is to work together with stakeholders to create a more fair and efficient immigration court system. Towards that end, we are focusing our efforts on three major projects.… Read more →