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Uptown People's Law Center
The mission of the Uptown People’s Law Center is to establish, administer, and promote programs providing legal aid to indigent persons, assisting community residents in obtaining legal services and benefits, and educating and training residents, paraprofessionals and community attorneys. However, this mission has always been as much about raising awareness as handling cases. The Law Center operates on the belief that educating people on their legal rights will help enable them to fully exercise self-help – an essential step in building and preserving a strong and vibrant community. The Chicago Area Foundation for Legal Services, in its first newsletter, succinctly described the Law Center as "a classic community organization that just happens to practice law."

Founded in 1978, the Uptown People’s Law Center, in Chicago, represents poor and working people living in Uptown and other similar communities. The Law Center’s biggest areas of practice are landlord-tenant, Social Security disability, and public benefits. In addition, the Law Center represents prisoners seeking to challenge the way they are treated in prison.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 Money v. Pritzker
1:20-cv-02093 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 04/02/2020 - Case Ongoing
State of Illinois
Illinois Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-IL-0050
Sangamon County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a class action brought on behalf of prisoners in the Illinois Department of Corrections seeking various types of relief in light of COVID-19. The plaintiffs alleged that as people in groups who are particularly vulnerable to the virus, they were exposed to a heightened risk of COVID-19. The judge denied the plaintiff's ... [view]
2 Money v. Jeffreys
1:20-cv-02094 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 04/02/2020 - Case Ongoing
Illinois Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-IL-0051
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a representative habeas action filed by prisoners of the Illinois Department of Corrections, seeking various forms of relief for six subclasses of prisoners in light of COVID-19. The plaintiffs alleged that they were particularly vulnerable to the virus, either due to medical conditions or their age. The petitioners were ... [view]
3 Thompson v. Baldwin
3:18-cv-03230-SEM-TSH (C.D. Ill.)
Filed 09/13/2018 - Case Ongoing
Illinois Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
Speech and Religious Freedom
PC-IL-0042
Coding Complete
On September 13, 2018, the plaintiff filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging violations of the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution. The plaintiff, an author of a Pulitzer-prize winning book about the Attica Prison uprising, wished for ... [view]
4 Andrews v. Rauner
1:18-cv-01101-SEM-TSH (C.D. Ill.)
Filed 03/11/2018 - Case Ongoing
Illinois Department of Correction
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-IL-0043
Coding Complete
On March 11, 2018, the mother of a deceased prisoner at the Logan Correctional Center filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. The plaintiff sued the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) and Wexford Health Sources, a contractor for IDOC. Represented by the Uptown People’s Law Center and the ... [view]
5 Hampton v. Baldwin
3:18-cv-00550-NJR-RJD (S.D. Ill.)
Filed 03/08/2018 - Case Ongoing
Illinois Department of Corrections
State of Illinois
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Criminal Justice (Other)
PC-IL-0044
Coding Complete
On March 8, 2018 a transgender woman serving a ten-year sentence brought this lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Corrections and a group of its officers in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. Though she had lived as a woman since the age of five, the plaintiff was incarcerated in a men’s prison and had previously ... [view]
6 Uptown Tent City Organizers v. City of Chicago Department of Administrative Hearings
1:17-cv-04518 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 03/30/2017 - Closed 2018
City of Chicago Department of Administrative Hearings
Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-IL-0016
Cook County
Coding Complete
On March 30, 2017, an organization called Tent City Alternative to LSD Viaducts and a community resident activist submitted a Notification of Public Assembly to the City of Chicago Department of Administrative Hearings. They requested a permit to erect tents on behalf of the homeless population, who would be displaced by construction. The City ... [view]
7 Davis v. Baldwin
3:16-cv-00600-SCW (S.D. Ill.)
Filed 06/02/2016 - Case Ongoing
Illinois Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-IL-0041
Sangamon County
Coding Complete
On June 2, 2016, a group of residents of the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) filed this class-action lawsuit against the IDOC in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201. Represented by the Uptown People's Law Center and private counsel, the ... [view]
8 Ross v. Gossett
3:15-cv-00309 (S.D. Ill.)
Filed 03/19/2015 - Case Ongoing
Illinois Department of Corrections
Illinois River Correctional Center
Prison Conditions
PC-IL-0033
Coding Complete
On March 19, 2015, an Illinois prisoner filed this class-action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and state law against numerous members of the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) tactical team “Orange Crush,” the wardens at Illinois River, Menard, Big Muddy River, ... [view]
9 Chancy v. Illinois Prisoner Review Board
2015CH01456 (State Court)
Filed 01/28/2015 - Closed 2017
Adam Monreal
Illinois Prisoner Review Board
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-IL-0006
Cook County
Coding Complete
On January 28, 2015, two C-number inmates in Illinois prisons filed this lawsuit as class representatives of all C-number inmates in an Illinois prison who were deprived of their statutory right to have their parole board hearing with a standardized risk assessment tool. The plaintiffs sued the Illinois Prisoner Review Board (“IPRB”) and the ... [view]
10 Coleman v. Taylor
1:15-cv-05596 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 2015 - Closed 2016
Illinois Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-IL-0034
Coding Complete
Plaintiffs filed a complaint on June 24, 2015, challenging the policies and practices of the Illinois Department of Corrections relating to solitary confinement. It alleged that Illinois uses extreme isolation for even the most minor offenses, in violation of the Eighth Amendment's Cruel and Unusual Punishments Clause. Plaintiffs sought ... [view]
11 Malewski v. Preckwinkle
1:14-cv-04187 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 06/06/2014 - Closed
Cook County
Department of Corrections
Jail Conditions
JC-IL-0049
Cook County
Coding Complete
On June 6, 2014, an inmate at the Cook County Jail filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, against Cook County. The plaintiff, represented by the Uptown People's Law Center and a private law firm, sought compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorneys' fees, and ... [view]
12 Hudson v. Preckwinkle
1:13-cv-08752 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 11/24/2013 - Closed 2016
Cook County
Cook County Jail
Jail Conditions
JC-IL-0050
Cook County
Coding Complete
On November 24, 2013, a prisoner detained at Cook County Jail (CCJ) filed a handwritten civil action against Cook County in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiff asked the Court for injunctive and declaratory relief, claiming that violence and the deliberate indifference of staff at the jail deprived him of his ... [view]
13 Morales v. Findley
1:13-cv-07572 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 10/22/2013 - Closed 2019
Illinois
Illinois Prisoner Review Board
Prison Conditions
PC-IL-0039
Coding Complete
On October 22, 2013, five parolees in custody or under supervision of the Illinois Department of Corrections filed this class action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Represented by the Uptown People's Law Center and the MacArthur Justice Center at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, the plaintiffs sued the ... [view]
14 M.H. v. Monreal
1:12-cv-08523 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 10/23/2012 - Closed 2018
Illionis Prisoner Review Board
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-IL-0003
Coding Complete
On October 23, 2012, a teenager detained awaiting a parole revocation hearing filed this class action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiff, represented by the MacArthur Justice Center and Uptown People's Law Center, asked the court for a declaratory judgment that the policies of ... [view]
15 Sorrentino v. Godinez
1:12-cv-06757 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 08/22/2012 - Closed 2015
Illinois Department of Corrections
Stateville Correctional Center
Prison Conditions
PC-IL-0030
Coding Complete
On August 22, 2012, two individuals incarcerated by the Illinois Department of Corrections filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois under the 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201, et seq., against the State of Illinois. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel and ... [view]
16 Fontano v. Godinez
3:12-cv-03042-SEM-TSH (C.D. Ill.)
Filed 02/09/2012 - Closed
S.A. Godinez, Alex Dawson, John Doe, Kevin Standley, D. Simmons, Gary Bender, Villa Jennings, B. Call and Saleh Obaisi
Illinois Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-IL-0040
Coding Complete
On February 9, 2012, a former prisoner filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. The plaintiff brought this action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and state law against the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC), claiming violations of the First, Eight and Fourteenth Amendments. Represented by the MacArthur ... [view]
17 Boyd v. Godinez
3:12-cv-704 (S.D. Ill.)
Filed 2012 - Closed 2017
Illinois Department of Corrections
Vienna Correctional Center
Prison Conditions
PC-IL-0029
Johnson County
Coding Complete
This is a conditions of confinement suit brought by the putative class of prisoners at the Vienna Correctional Center ("Vienna"), a minimum security Illinois state prison, against the Illinois Department of Corrections. The case was filed by private counsel and the Uptown People's Law Center, on June 13, 2012. It alleges disgusting and crowded ... [view]
18 Holmes v. Godinez
1:11-cv-02961 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 05/04/2011 - Case Ongoing
Illinois
Illinois Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-IL-0028
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
19 Lippert v. Godinez
1:10-cv-04603 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 07/23/2010 - Case Ongoing
Illinois Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-IL-0032
Coding Complete
On July 23, 2010, a prisoner at Stateville Correction Center filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiff sued Wexford Health Services and the Illinois Department of Corrections under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiff, representing himself pro se, asked the court for monetary damages ... [view]
20 Rasho v. Walker
1:07-CV-1298-HAB-JAG (C.D. Ill.)
Filed 11/07/2007 - Case Ongoing
State of Illinois
Illinois Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-IL-0031
Coding Complete
On November 7, 2007, mentally ill prisoners incarcerated by the Illinois Department of Corrections ("IDOC") filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois under 42 U.S.C. § 1983; the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12131 et seq.; and the Rehabilitation Act, 29 U.S.C. § 794, against the ... [view]
21 King v. Walker
1:06-CV-00204 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 01/13/2006 - Closed 2015
Illinois Department of Corrections
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-IL-0001
Coding Complete
On January 13, 2006, Illinois parolees who were re-arrested for alleged parole violations filed this class action complaint under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Represented by private counsel, the plaintiffs sued the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) arguing that they had been ... [view]
22 Ryan v. Walker
1:04-cv-04635 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 07/15/2004 - Closed 2006
Illinois Department of Corrections
Stateville
Prison Conditions
Speech and Religious Freedom
PC-IL-0025
Coding Complete
On July 15, 2004, a volunteer prisoners' rights advocate filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. In his complaint, the plaintiff requested injunctive and declaratory relief and compensatory and punitive damages against the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) and ... [view]
23 People v. Ross
03-MR-27 (State Court)
Filed 2003 - Closed
inmate in Illinois prison
Prison Conditions
PC-IL-0019
Coding Complete
A case was filed in 2003 by the State of Illinois, represented by its Attorney General's Office, in the state's Circuit Court for the First Judicial Circuit, Alexander County, to obtain an injunction allowing prison officials to force-feed a Muslim prisoner at the Tamms Correctional Center who had gone on a hunger strike when the state's ... [view]
24 Westefer v. Snyder
3:00-cv-00162-GPM (S.D. Ill.)
Filed 03/07/2000 - Closed 2016
Illinois Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-IL-0023
Coding Complete
On March 7, 2000, prisoners in Illinois' supermax prison, Tamms Correctional Center, brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. The prisoners sued the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and state law, alleging that their selection by prison officials for transfer to and ... [view]
25 Almodovar v. Snyder
99 MR 404 (State Court)
Filed 1999 - Case Ongoing
Illinois Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-IL-0024
Coding Complete
In 1999, attorneys with the Uptown People's Law Center in Chicago filed a class action lawsuit in the Circuit Court for Sangamon County, Illinois, challenging the administrative detention procedures at the Tamms Correctional Center. After the suit was filed, the Illinois Department of Corrections issued a new administrative directive, " ... [view]
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