Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation (LOLLAF) (Illinois)

Provides free civil legal services to low-income persons and seniors in 65 counties in central and southern Illinois from offices in East St. Louis, Alton, Springfield, Champaign and Carbondale.
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Primary geographic focus: Illinois
Organization type(s): Provider
Acronym or short name: LOLLAF
Lists: LSC

Not-for-profit corporation founded in 1972. We provide free civil legal services to low-income persons and senior citizens in 65 counties in central and southern Illinois. We believe all people of central and southern Illinois should have access to justice, income security, adequate housing, quality education, healthcare, safety from violence and exploitation, and the opportunity to improve their own lives.

Our mission is to provide low income and senior residents of central and southern Illinois with high quality civil legal services in order to obtain and maintain their basic human needs. Through advice, representation, advocacy, education, and collaboration, we seek:

to achieve justice for those whose voices might otherwise not be heard;
to empower individuals to advocate for themselves; and
to make positive changes in the communities we serve.

Land of Lincoln is governed by its own Board of Directors made up of attorneys and eligible clients who live throughout our 65 county service territory. We are not a government agency. We are independent advocates for our clients. Much of our funding comes from the federal Legal Services Corporation, which receives funding through congressional appropriations. Other Land of Lincoln funders include:

Lawyers Trust Fund
Illinois Attorney General
Illinois Department of Human Services
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
local United Ways
Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
Department of Justice Violence Against Women Office
Area Agencies on Aging



Fretting about the Trump effect on legal aid

Claire Bushey
Crain’s Chicago Business
January 20, 2017
One organization that could be on the block is the Legal Services Corporation, which funds legal aid programs across the country.

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Legal assistance helps SIU patients deal with non-medical challenges

Dean Olsen
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
September 23, 2017
After beginning in January 2016, the medical-legal partnership, funded with $215,000 in federal grant funds for last year and this year, has helped SIU patients in almost 300 cases.

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Legal Aid Network for service members launched in IL

Alycia Dobrinick, Brittany Jacob
KFVS-TV (Cape Girardeau, MO)
November 9, 2017
Illinois veterans, active-duty military, members of the National Guard, reservists, and their dependents now have access to the Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network (IL-AFLAN).

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Legal clinic in Cairo helps clean up criminal records in effort to allow access to jobs, housing

Isaac Smith
Southern Illinoisan
January 18, 2018
A Saturday event in Cairo will take aim at helping those with criminal records clean up their histories with the goal of helping them get better jobs and housing.


Lisa Madigan: Illinois must continue to invest in vital legal aid organizations

State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
May 18, 2018
At a time when federal funding for legal aid organizations across the country is being threatened, the General Assembly must continue to invest in these vital programs in Illinois.

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Alana Semuels
April 15, 2020

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Justice for all? Illinois’ poor, disadvantaged struggle to find legal help

Nick Mariano
Southern Illinoisan
December 15, 2014

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