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Chicago Appleseed promotes social justice and government effectiveness by identifying injustice in our community, investigating its causes and proposing effective solutions.

End of Year Fundraising CampaignWe're very excited to announce that with 14 days left in our end of the year fundraising campaign, we have only $7,000 left to raise in order to meet our matching donor's goal! A generous anonymous donor has pledged to match all contributions to our end of the year fundraising campaign up to $40,000. Every donation--large or small--counts and works to [more]
The Capacity Problem: What Cook County Can Do To Move Toward NYC's Plan To Keep The Mentally Ill Out of JailThe mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, recently unveiled a plan to reduce the number of mentally ill people kept in jail. The plan hopes to address a common and malignant feature of criminal justice systems throughout the country: that jails have been become--in many places--the only public housing and the only source of mental health services available to the [more]
Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice and the Chicago Council of Lawyers Urge Governor Quinn to Veto Bill Which Will Reduce Minority Representation on Juries Published on: December 12, 2014   On December 11, 2014, Chicago Appleseed and Chicago Council of Lawyers sent the following request to Governor Quinn: ___________________ Dear Governor Quinn: On behalf of Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice and the Chicago Council of Lawyers, I am writing to urge you to veto the provision in SB3075 that would reduce the size of juries in civil cases from [more]
A Police Accountability Policy Recommendation from the Chicago Council of LawyersChicago Should Annually Disclose Police Officers Named in a High Number of Complaints December 2014 by the Chicago Council of Lawyers' Civil Liberties Committee I. Recommendation. Consistent with the March 2014 ruling of the First District of the Illinois Appellate Court in Kalven v. City of Chicago,[1] Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago City Council should require the Chicago Police Department (“CPD”) to issue an annual [more]
Judge Gloria Chevere Re-Assigned for Wrongfully Jailing DefendantsLast week, the Chicago Tribune reported that Cook County Criminal Court Judge Gloria Chevere was re-assigned to a non-trial civil administration call, following a report that she was wrongly jailing defendants for contempt. The re-assignment order for Judge Chevere also assigns the Judge to a peer mentoring program within the court. Judge Chevere last ran for retention in  2012, where she [more]
[VIDEO] Chicago Appleseed on "In The Loop" Channel 20 (PBS WYCC), discussing Bond CourtI was a panelist on the November 20th episode of "In The Loop" on Channel 20 (PBS Chicago, WYCC) at 7:00pm CST. My co-panelists were former Public Defender of Cook County, Professor Randolph Stone and Commissioner John Fritchey.  The topic was reforming Cook County's Bond Court. As we've discussed previously on this blog (1, 2, 3 ) and in articles in [more]