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Additional Resources

The resources below can help you navigate the legal system.

American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois (ACLU)

The ACLU works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.


A legal aid service that offers legal assistance to low-income residents of Cook County.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and CASA of Cook County

CASA volunteers are officers of the court and appointed by a judge to serve as a special advocate to a child adjudicated as abused and/or neglected. A CASA or guardian ad litem advocates for the  purpose of representing the child's best interest.

First Defense Legal Aid

Free, 24-hour legal representation to people in Chicago Police custody.

Illinois Attorney General

The Attorney General is the state's chief legal officer and is responsible for protecting the public interest of the state and its people.

Illinois Legal Aid

Provides information to Illinois residents about available legal services for non-criminal problems and provides client educational materials.

Illinois Public Defenders offices and Office of the Cook County Public Defender

A public defender is appointed by the judge when an individual is not able to afford an attorney.

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc.

Free civil legal services to low-income persons in 65 counties in central and southern Illinois.

Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago (LAF)

Free civil legal assistance to low-income individuals in Chicago and suburban Cook County.

Nonprofit Legal Assistance Organizations in Illinois

Listing of organizations that provide legal assistance to individuals in Illinois.

Office of the State Appellate Defender

Provides representation of indigent persons on appeal in criminal cases when appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court, the Appellate Court or the Circuit Court.