Legislation Introduced to Eliminate Monetary Bond in Illinois

  Last night, Representative Christian Mitchell introduced HB 3421, the Equal Justice For All Act. This morning, Chicago Appleseed’s Senior Policy Analyst and Staff Attorney Sharlyn Grace spoke at a press conference unveiling the bill organized by The People’s Lobby and Representative Mitchell’s Office. HB 3421 is a comprehensive bail reform bill that would eliminate the use of monetary bond in Illinois. You can… Read more →

Immigration Courts and our Partners

The Attorney General of Illinois has joined 15 other states and commonwealths as an amicus in the lawsuit filed by the states of Washington and Minnesota seeking to maintain the restraining order blocking key parts of the Executive Order barring entry into the United States of seven majority-Muslim countries. Attorney General Madigan’s press release highlights the interests of the states… Read more →

Pro Bono Spotlight on Our Staff

Last week, our Senior Policy Analyst and Staff Attorney Sharlyn Grace was featured in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin for her pro bono work with the National Lawyers Guild of Chicago (log in required). In it, Sharlyn describes her volunteer role as a co-coordinator of the NLG Chicago’s Legal Observer Program, which monitors and documents police conduct towards protesters. Legal… Read more →

Amicus Brief in People v. Gray in the Illinois Supreme Court

Chicago Appleseed and Chicago Council of Lawyers have joined an amicus curiae brief in the Illinois Supreme court case of People v Matthew Gray. The brief was authored by LAF and Dentons US LLP and we are grateful for their work and the opportunity to join the brief.   The Defendant, Matthew Gray, was convicted on two counts of aggravated domestic… Read more →

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 →