Equal justice under the law threatened by budget cuts

The federal budget request recently submitted by the president includes the complete elimination of the Legal Services Corp.

Op-Ed (Illinois)

Mike O’Connor
Sauk Valley Media
April 6, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Prairie State Legal Services (northern Illinois), Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


There may not be a principle more fundamental to who we are as Americans than equal justice under law. The preamble to the Constitution and the Pledge of Allegiance underscore this fact, and the promise of justice for all can only be realized if people have access to necessary legal help.

The obvious question is, what will happen if the proposed budget cuts are enacted?

Quite simply, many more families across Illinois will become homeless by illegal evictions and unfair foreclosures; more victims of abuse will remain trapped in dangerous situations; more people with disabilities will not get the services and the public benefits to which they are entitled; more seniors will experience fraud, exploitation and abuse; and more veterans will face devastating hardships.

Without LSC, many more people living in poverty will not have access to the American court system.