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Equal Access Newsletter

News and stories about our organization. 

The Prairie Fire is an annual docket of noteworthy cases and accomplishments by our attorneys at Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.

PSLS Welcomes New Board Members

Prairie State Legal Services welcomes four new members to its Board of Directors: Michael Bean (attorney board member),  Louis Hobson (community board member), Jasper Jones (community board member), and Scott Smith (attorney board member). Michael Bean, Scott Smith and Jasper Jones will serve 3-year terms and Louis Hobson will serve a 5-year term.

Rental assistance is available to help renters and landlords

f you’re a renter having trouble paying your rent, utilities, or other housing costs – or if you’re a landlord trying to stay afloat with tenants in this situation – help may be available. State and local programs are distributing billions of dollars in rental assistance to help renters stay housed during the pandemic.

Burpee Receives Joseph R. Bartylak Award from ISBA

Lacy Burpee, Staff Attorney and Ready to Work (R2W) Program Coordinator in our Waukegan office, was recently presented with the Joseph R. Bartylak Memorial Legal Services Award from the Illinois State Bar Association at the organization’s 145th Annual Meeting. As Program Coordinator, Lacy provides direct legal services to clients in the work of each of the Projects (R2W...

Barr Receives Lincoln Award of Excellence

Congratulations to Adrian Barr, Managing Attorney of our Bloomington office, who won the 2020 Lincoln Award of Excellence. The award was presented to Adrian during the McLean County Bar Annual Meeting on June 17, at Epiphany Farms in Downs, Illinois.

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

What is elder abuse? The most common forms of elder abuse are financial exploitation, emotional abuse, and neglect. Each of those terms include a variety of actions that may constitute abuse. To learn more about forms of elder abuse, visit: