A Fond Farewell to Ryan Cortazar

This week, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee says farewell to an exceptional lawyer, Ryan Cortazar.Ryan is completing the prestigious Redstone Fellowship for Harvard Law graduates, and we are deeply honored that he chose to make Chicago Lawyers’ Committee home for his fellowship. We congratulate him on his upcoming clerkship with Judge David Hamilton on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Bloomington, Indiana.

Illinois Must Not Comply with the Pence-Kobach Commission's Request for Private Voter Data

On Wednesday, the vice chairman of Donald Trump's Election Integrity Commission, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, sent a letter to election authorities across the United States seeking voter roll data that includes name, address, birth date, the last four digits of Social Security numbers and voting history going back to 2006. Read our letter to the Illinois State Board of Elections.

New Voter Data Site Shows Over 1,000 Voting Issues on Election Day in Illinois; Suggests Solutions for Reform

During the 2016 general election, our Voting Rights Project ran a hotline to assist people experiencing problems trying to vote. More than 300 legal volunteers were trained to answer phone calls and monitor hundreds of polling places throughout Chicago and the suburban counties. With the help of Moment Design, you can now explore the data to see how different Illinois voters experienced various barriers to the polls in 2016.

Jobless and Out of School: The Education Equity Project Fights for the Rights of Students

“My friend would be alive today if he had a job.”

Those are the haunting words of a young woman at a community hearing quoted in a recent report by the Great Cities Institute at UIC. The recently released report entitled, “Lost: The Crisis of Jobless and Out of School Teens and Young Adults in Chicago, Illinois and the U.S.,” provides data and anecdotal evidence of young people in Chicago and throughout the state who are unemployed and/or out of school.