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Using the power of the law to secure health, dignity, and opportunity for people facing illness and disability

About  Us

Founded in 1988, AIDS Legal Council of Chicago (ALCC) uses the power of the law to secure health, dignity, and stability for people with HIV, individuals facing homelessness, and chronically-ill children. We assist low-income people manage the complexities, barriers, and unique stigma they face to remaining healthy. In order to achieve our mission, our work focuses on three core areas: legal assistance, education, and public policy.

Learn more about ALCC’s free legal service programs and comprehensive educational and advocacy efforts by exploring the “Learn More” section above. As always, simply call us at 312-427-8990 with any questions you may have. We are here to help you!

Latest  Developments

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AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
May 29, 2015 at 10:01 am

You might be thinking about the weekend, but our summer law school interns are getting a crash course on all things public benefits from the Council's longtime Case Manager (and bow-tie-maker extraordinaire) Justin Hayford!

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AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
May 27, 2015 at 9:37 am

Were you dancing til dawn at our May Ball? If not, don't miss a beat. You can now subscribe to our events and be notified when we host our next happening near you!

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
May 24, 2015 at 10:05 am

There's still time to snag a guaranteed entry into this year’s Chicago Marathon, but the deadline is Tuesday! Join the TEAM TO END AIDS (T2) and support ALCC in the process! How cool is that?! Learn more at http://bit.ly/1HiFZtn.

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AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
May 21, 2015 at 12:20 pm

Great infographic on how we use the power of the law to help people with chronic, disabling, and stigmatized health conditions live better!

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How Civil Legal Aid Helps Health Care Address SDOH

medical-legalpartnership.org

Chart outlines the specific ways that civil legal aid and medical-legal partnership help health care address social determinants of health.

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
May 19, 2015 at 12:18 pm

Want a guaranteed entry into this year’s Chicago Marathon? Join the TEAM TO END AIDS (T2) and support AIDS Legal Council of Chicago in the process! Learn more at http://bit.ly/1HiFZtn.

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AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
May 18, 2015 at 4:55 pm

Thanks, County Care. No really, thank you!

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C4 will remain open in partnership with County Care

wbez.org

One of Chicago’s largest mental health providers will remain open after announcing it would close last month.

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
May 15, 2015 at 4:53 pm

The big 5-0! AmeriCorps VISTA Director Paul Monteiro came to visit LAF #legalaid projects from across #Illinois this morning. There's our Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children VISTA, Caroline Bilicki, just left of Director Monteiro, joined by other VISTA members and leaders at CNCS, LAF, Prairie State Legal Services Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law Illinois Legal Aid Online DuPage Federation on Human Services Reform Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law & Health Justice Project. Thoughtful reflections shared as the program celebrates half a century of service and investment in communities around the city, state, and nation.

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AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
May 13, 2015 at 12:25 pm

US FDA News proposes pulling back ban on #MSM blood donation, but not far enough

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FDA publishes draft of rules allowing gay men to give blood

washingtonpost.com

The guidelines would allow a man who has had sex with another man, but not in the past year, to donate.

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
May 12, 2015 at 4:25 pm

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago added 4 new photos to the album: #onthetable2015.

Putting #HealthJustice #onthetable2015 was a resounding success! Many thanks to Loyola University Chicago Health Justice Project law students who facilitated the discussion, The Chicago Community Trust for setting the table to share ideas and turn them into action, and participants including: Rush University Medical Center Lurie Children's Hospital Comer Children's Hospital at the University of Chicago Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council Erie Family Health Center

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#onthetable2015

Putting #HealthJustice #onthetable2015 was a resounding success! Many thanks to @[29464444855:274:Loyola University Chicago] Health Justice Project law students who facilitated the discussion, @[125302627796:274:The Chicago Community Trust] for setting the table to share ideas and turn them into action, and participants including: @[73727120674:274:Rush University Medical Center] @[345348342215155:274:Lurie Children's Hospital] @[211061678929278:274:Comer Children's Hospital at the University of Chicago] @[70198873069:274:Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law] @[84901419057:274:Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council] @[35129947322:274:Erie Family Health Center]

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
May 11, 2015 at 10:24 am

Thrilled to be co-hosts of "Putting Health Justice" #onthetable2015 breakfast at Loyola University Chicago School of Law tomorrow morning. Thanks to The Chicago Community Trust -- what a way to kick off a centennial!

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
May 8, 2015 at 11:09 am

Square one. #twill via The Capitol Fax Blog

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Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » This just in… Illinois Supreme Court strikes down...

capitolfax.com

The solution proposed by the [state Constitution] drafters and ultimately approved by the people of Illinois was to protect the benefits of membership in public pension systems not by dictating specific funding levels, but by safeguarding the benefits themselves… The purpose of the clause and its du…

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
May 8, 2015 at 7:55 am

Me too.

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Tom Dart Says He Wishes Someone in Springfield 'Had a Functioning Brain'

http://www.dnainfo.com

Sheriff said county jail is overburdened with the mentally ill and proposed cuts would be a disaster.

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
May 6, 2015 at 4:35 pm

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago added 9 new photos to the album: May Ball: Mission in Bloom.

Our first May Ball was a hit! We can't wait to do it again next year!

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May Ball: Mission in Bloom

Our first May Ball was a hit! We can't wait to do it again next year!

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
May 6, 2015 at 8:32 am

Coordinated care gets the right care to the right people. h/t to Ann Hilton Fisher

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America’s Epidemic of Unnecessary Care

newyorker.com

Millions of people get tests, drugs, and operations that won’t make them better, may cause harm, and cost billions.

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
May 5, 2015 at 2:52 pm

Word to the Chicago Tribune editorial board. We get your point about an outbreak in Scott County, but HIV/AIDS is still very much "current events" outside of rural Indiana too.

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An HIV outbreak in Indiana

chicagotribune.com

Students can learn about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in their American history classes. But in Indiana, they don't have to read up on the 1980s to learn about how the deadly disease can spread. It qualifies as "current events."

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