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Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission

GAC State Commission with its Legal Advocacy Service protects the rights and promotes the welfare of persons with disabilities. A board of eleven Commissioners, who serve without compensation, govern the agency. The Commission is an executive state agency created to safeguard the rights of persons with disabilities. By providing legal representation, investigating complaints of rights violations and providing state guardianship for Illinois' population with disabilities, the Commission has given voice to those who have previously gone unheard.

STATEWIDE GENERAL INFO: 866-274-8023
INFO For Out-of-State Callers: 708-338-7500
STATEWIDE TTY: 866-333-3362
Website: http://www.illinois.gov/sites/gac/Pages/default.aspx

 


CHICAGO AREA AND LOCAL COUNTY LEGAL SERVICE PROVIDERS 

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago

180 N. Michigan Ave. 
Suite 2110 
Chicago, IL 60601 
Phone: 312-427-8990 
Fax: 312-427-8419 
E-mail Address: info@aidslegal.com 


Web Address: www.aidslegal.com 

Service Area(s): people living with HIV/AIDS, low-to-moderate income clients in Cook County; Social Security cases, discrimination issues, insurance problems, public benefit issues, bankruptcy, employment discrimination; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. 


 

Asian Human Services 
4753 N. Broadway 
Suite 700 
Chicago, IL 60640 
Phone: 773-728-2235 
Fax: 773-728-4751 
E-mail Address: info@aidslegal.com 
Web Address: www.asianhumanservices.org/legal.htm 

Service Area(s): direct legal services to primarily low income Asian immigrants and refugees in the areas of personal well-being and family law, such as immigration, divorce, child custody, housing, employment, and public assistance. 


 

Cabrini Green Legal Aid Clinic 
740 N. Milwaukee Ave. 
Chicago, IL 60642 
Phone: 312-738-2452 
Fax: 312-850-4783 
E-mail Address: info@cgla.net 
Web Address: www.cgla.net 

Service Area(s): housing law, family law, criminal matters; intake by phone. 


 

Center for Disability and Elder Law 
79 W. Monroe Street 
Suite 919 
Chicago, IL 60603 
Phone: 312-376-1880 
Fax: 312-376-1885 
E-mail Address: info@probonocdel.org

 
Web Address: www.probonocdel.org 
Service Area(s): persons with disabilities and senior citizens (age 60 or older); civil matters such as ADA cases, bankruptcy, debt collection, consumer fraud, elder law, family law, public benefits, housing matters, wills/probate; intake by phone. 


 

Centro Romero 
6216 N. Clark St. 
Chicago, IL 60660 
Phone: 773-508-5300 
Fax: 773-508-5399 


Web Address: http://login.npwebsiteservices.com/CentroRomero/LegalDepartmentCR.asp 
Service Area(s): immigration assistance to Latino immigrants; walk-ins accepted. 


 

Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM) 
70 East Lake St.
 Suite 1120 
Chicago, IL 60601-5959 
Phone: 312-675-0912 
Web Address: www.claim-il.org 

Service Area(s): incarcerated or formerly incarcerated mothers; family law cases only; intake by phone or in person. Volunteer lawyers conduct law classes at the Cook County Jail, Decatur Correctional Center, Lincoln Correctional Center, Dwight Correctional Center, Fox Valley Work 
Release Center, and the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago. 


 

Chicago Legal Clinic 
2938 E. 91st St. 
Chicago, IL 60617 
Phone: 773-731-1762 
Fax: 773-731-4264 
E-mail Address: info@clclaw.org 
Web Address: www.clclaw.org 

Service Area(s): bankruptcy, guardianship, adoption, domestic violence, landlord/tenant matters, tort defense, contract law, wills, immigration. 


 

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services 
100 N. LaSalle St. 
Suite 900 
Chicago, IL 60602 
Phone: 312-332-1624 
Fax: 312-332-1460 
E-mail Address: cvls@cvls.org 
Web Address: www.cvls.org 


Service Area(s): civil cases, general practice (low income), bankruptcies, divorce, guardianship, adoption, tort defense, collection defense, landlord/tenant. 


 

Community Economic Development Law Project 
100 N. LaSalle St.
Suite 600 
Chicago, IL 60602 
Phone: 312-630-9744 
Fax: 312-630-1127 
Web Address: www.clccrul.org/projects/community_economic_development_law_project.html 

Service Area(s): non-profit community-based organizations focused on housing and economic development, and individuals pursuing small business development with the goal of economic self-sufficiency. 


 

Coordinated Advice & Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS) 
17 N. State St. 
Suite 1850 
Chicago, IL 60602 
Hotline: 312-738-9200 
Web Address: www.carpls.org 


Service Area(s): family law, consumer fraud, landlord/tenant matters, bankruptcy, debt collection cases, garnishments, contract law, housing discrimination, disability law, Medicare/Medicaid cases, elder law, veterans’ matters; intake via hotline 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with hours extended on Wednesday until 7:30 p.m. 


 

DuPage Bar Legal Aid Service 
126 S. County Farm Rd. 
Wheaton, IL 60187 
Phone: 630-653-6212 
Fax: 630-653-6317 
Service Area(s): family law, appellate advocacy, bankruptcy, guardianship, adoption, wills, not-for-profit corporate advice for charities serving low-income persons, tort defense, collection defense, criminal misdemeanor, Social Security cases. 


 

Equip for Equality 
20 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 300 
Chicago, IL 60602 
Phone: 312-341-0022 
Voice: 800-537-2632 
TTY: 800-610-2779 
Fax: 312-341-0295 
Web Address: www.equipforequality.org 
E-mail Address: contactus@equipforequality.org 
Se Habla Español and other languages 

American Sign Language (ASL) 
Service Area(s): Discrimination, special education, advocacy in the areas of community integration, self-determination, and safety from abuse and neglect. 

Illinois Legal Aid Online 
http://www.illinoislegalaidonline.org 
Service Area: Provides those who cannot afford a lawyer with easy to use legal information, self-help instructions, interactive forms and referrals to free legal services. 


 

James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy 
1123 Emerson, Suite 203 
Evanston, IL 60201 
Phone: 847-492-1410 
Fax: 847-492-9828 
E-mail Address: info@moran-center.org 
Web Address: www.moran-center.org 


Service Area(s): free legal representation and social work services to Evanston youth in the following areas: juvenile delinquency; adult felony and misdemeanor (21 and under); school advocacy (discipline and special education); code violations; and criminal records expungement. 


 

Lawyers Committee for Better Housing, Inc. 
100 W. Monroe 
Suite 1800
Chicago, IL 60603 
Phone: 312-347-7600 
Fax: 312-347-7604 
E-mail Address: info@lcbh.org 

Web Address: www.lcbh.org Service Area(s): landlord/tenant matters, unsafe housing, evictions, lockouts, utility shutoffs; potential cases reviewed twice weekly. 


 

Legal Aid Bureau of Metropolitan Family Services 
One North Dearborn 
Suite 1000 
Chicago, IL 60602
Intake: 312-986-4200 
E-mail Address: contactus@metrofamily.org 
Web Address: www.metrofamily.org 

Service Area(s): the Legal Aid Bureau of Metropolitan Family Services provides free legal services in consumer, domestic violence, family law, housing issues, elder abuse and financial exploitation. To make an appointment, call the Intake Line Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – noon or 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Spanish language assistance is available. 


 

Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago 
111 W. Jackson Blvd. 
Suite 300 
Chicago, IL 60604 
Phone: 312-341-1070
Fax: 312-341-1041 
Web Address: www.lafchicago.org 

Service Area(s): family law, public aid matters, Social Security, migrant issues, domestic violence and housing work. 


 

Life Span Center for Legal Services and Advocacy 
20 E. Jackson Blvd. 
Suite 500 
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 312-408-1210 
Fax: 312-408-1223 
E-mail Address: life-span@life-span.org 
Web Address: www.life-span.org 


Service Area(s): domestic violence cases (Cook County), divorce, orders of protection, custody cases; intake by phone 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; no walk-ins accepted. 


 

The Domestic Violence Legal Clinic 
555 W. Harrison St. 
Suite 1900 
Chicago, IL 60607 
Phone: 312-325-9155 
Fax: 312-827-2425 
24-Hour: 877-863-6338 
E-mail Address: info@dvlcchicago.org 
Web Address: www.dvlcchicago.org 

Service Area: domestic violence cases/civil orders of protection for low-income residents of Cook County; walk-ins accepted from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 


 

Uptown Peoples Law Center 
4413 North Sheridan Road 
Chicago, IL 60640 
Phone: 773-769-1411 
Fax: 773-769-2224 


Service Area(s): public aid, disability law, evictions. 


 

Will County Legal Assistance Program 
5 W. Jefferson, LL 
Joliet, IL 60432 
Phone: 815-727-5123 
Fax: 815-727-5152 
Web Address: http://will.illinoislegalaid.org 


Service Area(s): civil legal services to low-income and indigent residents of Will County; intake via telephone. 


PRAIRIE STATE LEGAL SERVICES, INC. 
Web Address: www.pslegal.org
 
Bloomington Office 
316 West Washington Street 
Bloomington, IL 61701 
Phone: 309-827-5021 
Toll Free: 800-874-2536 (Livingston, McLean and eastern Woodford) 

Fox Valley Office 
1024 West Main 
St. Charles, IL 60174 
Phone: 630-232-9415 
Toll Free: 800-942-4612 
(Kane, DeKalb and Kendall) 

Galesburg Office 
1614 East Knox Street 
Galesburg, IL 61401 
Phone: 309-343-2141 
Toll Free: 800-331-0617 (Knox, Warren, Henderson, McDonough and Fulton) 

Joliet Office 
5 West Jefferson St., LL 
Joliet, IL 60432 
Phone: 815-727-5123 
(Will) 

Kankakee Office 
191 South Chicago Street 
Kankakee, IL 60901 
Phone: 815-935-2750 
Toll Free: 800-346-2864 (Iroquois and Kankakee) 

Ottawa Office 
1021 Clinton Street 
Ottawa, Illinois 61350 
Phone: 815-434-5903 
Toll Free: 800-892-7888 (Bureau, Grundy, LaSalle, Lee and Putnam) 

Peoria Office 
331 Fulton Street, #600 
Peoria, IL 61602 
Phone: 309-674-9831 
Toll Free: 800-322-2280 (Marshall, Peoria, Tazewell, Stark and western Woodford) 

Rock Island Office 
1705 Second Avenue 
Suite 314 
Rock Island, IL 61201 Phone: 309-794-1328 
Toll Free: 800-322-9804 (Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Whiteside) Rockford Office 303 North 

Main Street 
Suite 600 Rockford, IL 61101 Phone: 815-965-2902 
Toll Free: 800-892-2985 (Boone, Carroll, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago) Waukegan Office 325 West Washington Street, #100 Waukegan, IL 60085 Phone: 847-662-6925 
Toll Free: 800-942-3940 (Lake and McHenry) 

Wheaton Office 
400 West Roosevelt Road 
Wheaton, IL 60187 
Phone: 630-690-2130 
Toll Free: 800-690-2130 
(DuPage) 

Woodstock Office 
400 Russel Court 
Woodstock, IL 60098 
Phone: 815-206-5828 
Toll Free: 800-942-3940 
(McHenry)