Pursuing Justice. Restoring Hope.
PSLS envisions a community where all low-income, elderly and vulnerable people have ready access to legal services to meet their basic needs.
Caring For Our Communities
Each year, we publish an impact report that highlights our important work, our successes and shines a spotlight on our amazing community of supporters and staff.
A Safe Space To Call Home
Our Fair Housing Project investigates and challenges cases of discrimination by housing providers.
Low Income Tax Clinic
The Prairie State Legal Services Tax Clinic assists low income individuals who have a tax dispute with the IRS, and provides education and outreach to individuals who speak English as a second language (ESL).
Prairie State Legal Services
Since 1977, Prairie State Legal Services (PSLS) has fought to achieve equal justice for people living in poverty across 36 counties in Northern and Central Illinois. We operate 11 offices, with locations in Bloomington, Galesburg, Joliet, Kankakee, Moline, Ottawa, Peoria, Rockford, Waukegan, West Suburban (West Chicago), and Woodstock. PSLS celebrates more than 45 years of service to those in need.
We dedicate our work to individuals and families who have depleted resources for basic human needs, ultimately securing safe housing, food, income, and personal safety. More than 16,000 cases are represented by our staff of 125 attorneys and more than 300 pro bono volunteers every year.
Client Victory Stories
Leah*, a minor with a criminal record, wanted her record sealed or expunged. She is a high school dropout with a single charge on her record that was holding her back from finding a job. However, after caring for an ail…
Pursuing Justice for Leah
Monica got married young to her high school sweetheart. Monica thought she knew this person, but things changed over time and after the birth of their young son, she began to endure physical and verbal abuse from her hus…
Julia grew up in a small rural Illinois town. She graduated high school and attended Northern Illinois University to pursue her dream of studying analytical chemistry. While at Northern Illinois University, she became a…
Cristina is a proud mother of her son. Little did she know, she was in the midst of an ongoing emotionally abusive relationship with his father. This tension culminated when he acted out and committed violence on her son…
Huma immigrated to Illinois from Pakistan in 2003 with her now ex-husband. Huma and her husband lived throughout Chicago and the northern suburbs, raising two daughters, when the abuse from her ex-husband started. For th…
Prairie State Legal Services successfully increases Social Security benefits for Maria* Maria* was in her mid-40s when she came to Prairie State, but she had been struggling with disabilities, such as schizophrenia, sinc…
Increasing Social Security Benefits for Maria
Prairie State Legal Services saves Lawrence’s* subsidized housing benefits A local Housing Authority terminated the Housing Choice voucher of a 70-year-old man, Lawrence.* The voucher enabled Lawrence to live in an…
Saving Lawrence's Subsidized Housing Benefits
Prairie State Legal Services preserves utility services and child’s health Joan*, estranged from her ex-husband due to domestic violence, found employment at a bank, but lost her job when an injury left her unable…
Preserving Utility Services and Child's Health for Joan
Prairie State Legal Services prevents eviction by obtaining a reasonable accommodation under the Fair Housing Act Linda* was a resident of a section 8 project-based housing complex for over 20 years. While struggling wit…