Illinois Legal Aid And Pro Bono Services

 

What Is Legal Aid And Pro Bono Services?

Legal aid and Pro Bono services help low-income people by offering legal advice and services for those who are unable to afford them. As legal fees rise, fewer people are able to afford legal services such as eviction, divorce, bankruptcy, and employment matters. Each legal aid provider listed below offers a limited menu of services, so it is advised that you contact them before applying for assistance.

How To Qualify For Legal Aid?

To receive legal aid you must first establish that you have a legitimate legal trouble for which legal aid can assist you with and that your income is low enough to qualify for such assistance.

What Are Legal Lenders?

For those who cannot qualify for legal aid, but still require immediate help, there are legal lenders that offer a variety of ways of borrowing money in emergency situations.

What If My Family Requires Other Emergency Services?

If you can’t qualify for legal aid but require other types of emergency services such as local shelters, home voucher program (section 8 housing), cash assistance, access to local food banks, and how to apply for food stamps, visit the GotTrouble Financial Hardship Section.

Legal Aid and Pro Bono Programs

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
220 S State St
Chicago, IL 60604-2102
Phone: 312-427-8990
Fax: 312-427-8419
Intake: 312-427-8990
Counties Served: Cook
Type of Cases Accepted: Education, Wills, AIDS/HIV

Cabrini Green Legal Aid
740 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60642
Phone: 312-738-2452
Fax: 312-850-4783
http://www.cgla.net/
Counties Served: Cook
Type of Cases Accepted: Consumer, Housing, Criminal, Family, Juvenile, Income Maintenance, Terminating Parental Rights, Juvenile, Health, Domestic Violence, Dissolution, Custody, Adoption

Center For Disability & Elder Law, (CDEL)
710 N Lake Shore Dr, 300
Chicago, IL 60611-3006
Phone: 312-908-4463
Fax: 312-908-0866
http://www.cdel.org
cdelmail@yahoo.com
Intake: 312-908-4463
Counties Served: Cook
Type of Cases Accepted: Bankruptcy, Consumer, Education, Elder Law, Employment Law, Housing, Wills, Provides pro bono legal assistance to low-income people with disabilities and the elderly throughout Cook County, Torts, Terminating Parental Rights, Real Estate, Juvenile, Immigration, Health, Domestic Violence, Dissolution, Custody, CED, Adoption, AIDS/HIV

Champaign County Bar Association Pro Bono Program
1817 S Neil St, Ste 203
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: 217-356-1351
Fax: 217-356-7621
Intake: 217-356-1351
Counties Served: Champaign
Type of Cases Accepted: Bankruptcy, Elder Law, Wills, Guardianships, Orders of Protection, Dissolution, Custody, Adoption

Chicago Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law, Inc.
100 N La Salle St, Ste 600
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-630-9744
Fax: 312-630-1127
http://www.clccrul.org
info@clccrul.org
Greater Chicago + 6 counties
Type of Cases Accepted: Education, Employment Law, Housing, Civil Rights, Health, CED

Chicago Legal Advocacy For Incarcerated Mothers CLAIM
70 East Lake Street, 1120
Chicago, IL 60601-5959
Phone: 312-675-0912
Fax: 312-675-0915
http://www.claim-il.org/
Intake: 312-675-0912
Counties Served: Statewide
Type of Cases Accepted: Terminating Parental Rights, Juvenile, Dissolution, Custody

Chicago Legal Clinic Pro Bono Program
2938 E 91st St
Chicago, IL 60617-4208
Phone: 773-731-1762
Fax: 773-731-4264
http://www.clclaw.org
egrossman@clclaw.org
Intake: 773-731-1762
Counties Served: Cook
Type of Cases Accepted: Bankruptcy, Consumer, Wills, Guardianship of Disabled Adults, Torts, Real Estate, Dissolution, Adoption

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation
100 N La Salle St, Ste 900
Chicago, IL 60602-2405
Phone: 312-332-3508
Fax: 312-332-1460
http://www.cvls.org
cvls@cvls.org
Intake: 312-332-1624
Counties Served: Cook
Type of Cases Accepted: Bankruptcy, Consumer, Elder
Law, Housing, Wills, General practice of law for poor. Also includes income tax and some criminal, Torts, Real Estate, Immigration, Health, Domestic Violence, Dissolution, Custody, CED, Adoption,

Civil Court Clinic for Orders of Protection Pro Bono Advocates
28 N Clark, Ste 630
Chicago, IL 60602-1310
Phone: 312-827-2420
Fax: 312-827-2425
http://probonoadvocates.org
Intake: 312-827-2420
Counties Served: Cook
Type of Cases Accepted: Domestic Violence, Dissolution, Custody

Community Economic Development Law Project Of Chicago Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law
188 W Randolph St, Ste 2103
Chicago, IL 60601-3004
Phone: 312-939-3638
Fax: 312-427-6172
http://www.clccrul.org/projects/community_economic_development_law_project.html
cedlp@aol.com

Du Page Bar Legal Aid Service
126 S County Farm Rd
Wheaton, IL 60187-4597
Phone: 630-653-6212
Fax: 630-653-6317
lasdupage@sbcglobal.net
Counties Served: DuPage
Type of Cases Accepted: Bankruptcy, Wills, Torts, Domestic Violence, Dissolution, Custody, Adoption

First Defense Legal Aid
3645 West Chicago Avenue, #240
Chicago, IL 60651
Phone: 773-826-6550
Fax: 773-722-4997
frstdefens@aol.com
Intake: 800-529-7374
Counties Served: Cook
Type of Cases Accepted: Criminal, Juvenile

Kane County Pro Bono Program Prairie State Legal Services Inc
201 Houston, Ste 102
Batavia, IL 60510
Phone: 630-232-9415
Fax: 630-232-9402
Intake: 800-942-4612
Counties Served: Kane
Type of Cases Accepted: Bankruptcy, Consumer, Wills, Guardianship, Reduction of Child Support, Visitation Denial, Real Estate, Custody,

Lake County Bar Foundation Volunteer Lawyers Program
415 Washington St
Waukegan, IL 60085-5564
Phone: 847-662-6925
Fax: 847-662-6986
Intake: 847-662-6925
Counties Served: Lake
Type of Cases Accepted: Bankruptcy, Consumer, Education, Wills, Drivers license where applicant needs to secure and maintain employment, Real Estate, Immigration, Dissolution, CED, AIDS/HIV

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation Northern Regional Office
3180 Adloff Lane Suite 201
Springfield, Illinois 62703
217-529-8400 or 1-800-252-8629
Counties Served:
Cass, Christian, Logan, Macon, Mason, Menard, Morgan, Sangamon, Scott, Shelby
Type of Cases Accepted: Housing, Dissolution, Domestic Violence, Consumer, Public Benefits, Disability.

Land Of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation
80 Broadway Street, 202
Mattoon, IL 61938
Phone: 217-235-4063

Land Of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation
1817 S Neil St
Champaign, IL 61820-7234
Phone: 217-356-1351
Fax: 217-356-7621
Intake: 217-356-1351
Counties Served: Vermilion
Type of Cases Accepted: Bankruptcy, Wills, Dissolution, Custody

Land Of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation
327 Missouri Ave, Ste 300
East Saint Louis, IL 62201-3088
Phone: 618-271-9140
Fax: 618-874-6914
Intake: 877-342-7891
Counties Served: Monroe, Saint Clair
Type of Cases Accepted: Bankruptcy, Consumer, Elder Law, Housing, Wills, Real Estate, Domestic Violence, Dissolution, CED

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation Private Bar Involvement Program
413 E Broadway
Alton, IL 62002-2496
Phone: 618-462-0029
Fax: 618/463-1101
Counties Served: Adams, Brown, Hancock, Pike, Schuyler
Type of Cases Accepted: Housing, Terminating Parental Rights, Domestic Violence, Dissolution, Custody

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation
Northern Regional Office
3180 Adloff Lane Suite 201
Springfield, Illinois 62703
217-529-8400 or 1-800-252-8629
Counties Served:
Cass, Christian, Logan, Macon, Mason, Menard, Morgan, Sangamon, Scott, Shelby
Type of Cases Accepted: Housing, Dissolution, Domestic Violence, Consumer, Public Benefits, Disability.

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Mount Vernon Office
409 Harrison St
Mount Vernon, IL 62864-3643
Phone: 618-244-0235
Fax: 618-244-9293
Counties Served: Clinton, Franklin, Jefferson, Marion
Type of Cases Accepted: Bankruptcy, Housing, Dissolution, Custody

Lawyers’ Committee For Better Housing, Inc.–Attorney Of The Day Eviction Defense Program
220 S. State Street, 1700
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 312-347-7600
Fax: 312-347-7604
http://www.lcbh.org
aodprogram@lcbh.org
Intake: 312-347-7600
Counties Served: Cook
Type of Cases Accepted: Housing

Legal Assistance Foundation Of Metropolitan Chicago
111 W Jackson Blvd, 300
Chicago, IL 60604-3589
Phone: 312-341-1070
Fax: 312-341-1041
http://www.lafchicago.org
Intake: 312-341-1070
Counties Served: Cook
Type of Cases Accepted: Bankruptcy, Consumer, Education, Elder Law, Employment Law, Housing, Terminating Parental Rights, Immigration, Health, Domestic Violence, Dissolution, Custody

McHenry County Bar Association Legal Aid
1212 N Seminary Ave
Woodstock, IL 60098-4314
Phone: 815-338-1011
Fax: 815-338-9690
Counties Served: McHenry
Type of Cases Accepted: Dissolution

Midwest Immigrant And Human Rights Center (MIHRC)
208 S LaSalle St, 1818
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 312-660-1370
Fax: 312-551-2214

Working to improve the lives of millions


mihrc@heartlandalliance.org
Intake: 312-660-1370
Counties Served: Statewide
Type of Cases Accepted: Employment Law, Juvenile, Immigration, Domestic Violence

Prairie State Legal Services
1614 E Knox St
Galesburg, IL 61401-5347
Phone: 309-343-2141
Fax: 309-343-7647
http://www.pslegal.org
Counties Served: Fulton, Henderson, Knox, McDonough, Stark, Warren
Type of Cases Accepted: Consumer, Education, Elder Law, Employment Law, Housing, Health, Domestic Violence, Dissolution, Adoption, AIDS/HIV

Prairie State Legal Services Inc McLean County Pro Bono Program
102 N Center StSte 405
Bloomington, IL 61701-5056
Phone: 309-827-5021
Fax: 309-828-3776
http://www.pslegal.org
Counties Served: Livingston, McLean, Woodford
Type of Cases Accepted: Terminating Parental Rights, Domestic Violence, Dissolution, Custody

Prairie State Legal Services Inc. Volunteer Lawyer’s Project
191 S Chicago Ave
Kankakee, IL 60901-4002
Phone: 815-935-2750
Fax: 815-935-0906
http://www.pslegal.org
Counties Served: Kankakee, Kendall, Iroquois
Type of Cases Accepted: Bankruptcy, Consumer, Housing, Wills, Real Estate, Dissolution, Custody, Adoption

Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. Peoria County Pro Bono Plan
975 N. Main
Peoria, IL 61103
Phone: 815-965-2134
Fax: 815-965-1081
http://www.pslegal.org
Intake: 800-322-2280
Counties Served: Boone, Bureau, Carroll, De Kalb, Du Page, Fulton, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Iroquois, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Knox, Lake, La Salle, Lee, Livingston, McDonough, McHenry, McLean, Marshall, Mercer, Ogle, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Stephenson, Tazewell, Warren, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago, Woodford
Type of Cases Accepted: Bankruptcy, Consumer, Elder Law, Housing, Wills, Varies by County, Real Estate, Domestic Violence, Dissolution, Custody, Adoption

Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. Private Attorney Involvement Project
975 N Main St
Rockford, IL 61103-7064
Phone: 815-965-2134
Fax: 815-965-1081
http://prairiestatelegal.org
Counties Served: Boone, Carroll, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Stephenson, Winnebago
Type of Cases Accepted: Bankruptcy, Elder Law, Employment Law, Housing, Wills, Terminating Parental Rights, Juvenile, Domestic Violence, Dissolution, Custody, AIDS/HIV

Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. Volunteer Lawyer Project of Rock Island County
208 18th St, Ste 202
Rock Island, IL 61201-8720
Phone: 309-794-1328
Fax: 309-794-0265
gfarwell@pslegal.org
Intake: 309-794-1328
Counties Served: Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, Whiteside
Type of Cases Accepted: Bankruptcy, Consumer, Education, Elder Law, Housing, Wills, Real Estate, Domestic Violence, Dissolution, Custody

Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. Volunteer Lawyers Project
975 N Main St
Rockford, IL 61103-7064
Phone: 815-965-2134
Fax: 815-965-1081
http://pslegal.org
Intake: 815-935-2760
Counties Served: Boone, Carroll, Ogle, Stephenson, Winnebago
Type of Cases Accepted: Bankruptcy, Consumer, Torts, Real Estate, Dissolution, Adoption

Springfield AIDS Resource Association
514 E Lawrence Ave
Springfield, IL 62703
Phone: 217-523-2191
Fax: 217-523-2191
Type of Cases Accepted: AIDS/HIV

The Law Project Of Chicago Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law
100 N. LaSalle Street, 600
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312 939-3638
Fax: 312 630-1127


Counties Served: Cook, Du Page, Lake
Type of Cases Accepted: Housing, Small business/micro-entrepreneurs, Real Estate, CED

Will County Legal Assistance Program, Inc.
5 East Van Buren, 310
Joliet, IL 60432
Phone: 815-727-5123
Fax: 815-727-5152
http://www.willcountybar.com/referral.html
Intake: 815-727-5123
Counties Served: Will
Type of Cases Accepted: Bankruptcy, Consumer, Elder Law, Housing, Wills, Real Estate, Domestic Violence, Dissolution

Worker Rights Center, Chicago Interfaith Committee On Worker Issues
1020 N. Bryn Mawr, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60660-4627
Phone: 773 728-8400
Fax: 773-728-8409
http://www.chicagointerfaith.org
Counties Served: Statewide
Type of Cases Accepted: Employment Law, Labor

Lawyer Referral Programs:

Illinois State Bar Association’s Illinois Lawyer Finder.com
PO Box 1330
General Phone No: 217-525-5297
Springfield, IL 62705-1330
800 Phone: 800-922-8757
Languages: Spanish, French, Italian, Polish
http://www.illinoislawyerfinder.com
Counties Served: Statewide
Types of cases referred: Refers to all areas of the law.

Chicago Bar Association LRS
321 S. Plymouth Ct.
General Phone No: 312-554-2001
Chicago, IL 60604-3113
TTY Phone: 312-554-2055
Languages: Spanish
http://www.chicagobar.org/
Counties Served: Cook, DuPage, Lake
Types of cases referred: Refers to all areas of the law except: Administration, School law

North Suburban Bar Association LRS
PO Box 731
Glenview, IL 60025-5183
General Phone No: 224-935-6016
Languages: French, Spanish, Polish, Arabic, Hebrew, Greek
Counties Served: Cook, Lake
Types of cases referred: Refers to all areas of the law.

Northwest Suburban Bar Association Attorney Referral Service
800 E. Northwest Highway
Suite 418
General Phone No: 847-221-2601
Palatine, IL 60074
http://www.nwsba.org
Counties Served: Cook
Types of cases referred: Refers to all areas of the law.

DuPage County Lawyer Referral & Mediation Service
126 S. County Farm Rd.
General Phone No: 630-653-9109 & 630-653-9110
Wheaton, IL 60187-4597
Languages: Spanish
http://www.dcba.org/
Counties Served: DuPage, Kane, Cook
Types of cases referred: Refers to all areas of the law.
Special Panels: Reduced Fee Panel, Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel

Kane County Bar Association Find A Lawyer Service
555 S. Randall Road, Suite 205
General Phone No: 630-762-1900
St. Charles, IL 60174
Languages: Spanish, German, French, Polish
http://www.kanecountybar.org/
Counties Served: Kane, DeKalb, Kendall, DuPage, Cook, Lake, McHenry, Will, Winnebago
Types of cases referred: Refers to all areas of the law.

Lake County Bar Association LRS
300 Grand Ave, Suite A
General Phone No: 847-244-3143
Waukegan, IL 60085
http://www.lakebar.org/
Counties Served: Lake, McHenry and Cook
Types of cases referred: Refers to all areas of the law except: International

Peoria County LRS
110 SW Jefferson Ave, Suite 520
General Phone No: 309-674-1224
Peoria, IL 61602
http://www.peoriabar.org/
Counties Served: Peoria, Tazewell
Types of cases referred: Refers to all areas of the law except: International

Will County Bar Association
167 N. Ottawa St., Suite 200
General Phone No: 815-726-0383 & 815-726-1015
Joliet, IL 60432
http://www.willcountybar.org/
Counties Served: Will
Types of cases referred: Refers to all areas of the law except: Healthcare, International, Unemployment Compensation, Employment Law

Winnebago County LRS
321 W. State St., Suite 300
General Phone No: 815-964-5152
Rockford, IL 61101-1127
Counties Served: Winnebago, Boone
Types of cases referred: Refers to all areas of the law except: International, Labor Relations, Veterans/Military

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