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CFCCC Resource Guide

Legal Services


Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)


The Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers are funded by the U.S. Department of Education through the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) in ten regions of the country to provide resources and technical assistance on the ADA.

(The number below also includes information on the Disability Law Resource Project.)


ADA technical assistance

800-949-4232 (voice & TTY)


The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

offers technical assistance to the public concerning the employment provisions of title I of the ADA.


ADA publications

800-669-3362 (voice)

800-800-3302 (TTY)


ADA questions

800-669-4000 (voice)

800-669-6820 (TTY)


The Federal Communications Commission

offers technical assistance to the public concerning the communication provisions of title IV of the ADA.


ADA Publications

888-225-5322 (voice)



The Ark


Maintains food pantry, homeless residences, medical and legal clinics, dental and eye clinics, pharmacy, crisis intervention, counseling services, emergency financial aid, programs for seniors & thrift shops.


6450 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60645-5257

Ph: 773-973-1000

Fax: 773-973-4362




Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 554-2001, TDD (312) 554-2055 (No Spanish spoken)
Every third Saturday of the month, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Service: Attorneys answer basic legal questions.
Fee: None


Coordinated Advice & Referral Program for Legal Services

Cook County’s Legal Aid Hotline

P. O. Box 5207

Chicago, Illinois 60680-5207

Tel. 312 738-9486

Fax 312-738-9487


Center for Disability and Elder Law


Serving people with disabilities and the elderly, pro bono legal services (only in civil disputes).


79 W. Monroe, Suite 919

Chicago, IL 60603

Ph: 312-376-1880

Fax: 312-376-1885


Chicago Bar Association: Legal Information for the Public


General information about many areas of the law, lawyer referral service, check dates and topics for community law fairs, find out about agencies that provide low cost legal services and much more.

321 S. Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60604-3997
Ph: 312-554-2000, 312-554-2001 (CBA Lawyer Referral Service)

Fax: 312-554-2054




Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

100 N. LaSalle Ave., Suite 600

Chicago, IL 60602

(312) 630-9744


Chicago Legal Clinic, Inc.

Legal services for people who do not qualify for free legal aid and cannot afford full price private attorneys. General civil practice; no criminal law. Will also make referrals to other providers when necessary. Locations for service: Pilsen, Loop, Austin, Southside of Chicago.

773-731-1762 (to contact all offices below)


South Chicago Office

2938 East 91st St.

Chicago, IL 60617


Pilsen Office
1914 South Ashland Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60608


Downtown Office
205 W. Monroe Street
4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606


At Austin Circle Law Center

118 N. Central Ave.

Chicago, IL 60644


Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS)

100 N. LaSalle

Chicago, IL 60602


Fax: 312-332-1460


Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation

(Legal Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago)

847- 475-3703


Council for Disability Rights


Gives free legal advice to the disabled. Website has an FAQ on the ADA.


30 East Adams, Suite 1130

Chicago, IL 60603

Ph: 312-444-9484 (Voice), 312-444-1967 (TTY)

Fax: 312-444-1977




Divorce and Family Law Project

(Legal Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago)

312 341-1046


Equip for Equality


Elder and Disabled Abuse


Fed World

A starting point for access to federal agencies and departments.



The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a free telephone consulting service funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. It provides information and advice to employers and people with disabilities on reasonable accommodation in the workplace.


Information on workplace accommodation:

877-781-9403 (TTY)


The John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Support Center

315 S. Plymouth Court

Chicago, IL 60604



Legal Aid Bureau -Part of Metropolitan Family Services

Family Law Assistance



Legal Assistance Foundation North Suburban Office

828 Davis Street, #201

Evanston, IL 60201



Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago


General Office

111 West Jackson Boulevard, 3rd Floor

Chicago, Il 60604


TTY: 312-431-1206

FAX: 312-341-1041


Northwest Office

1212 North Ashland Avenue

Chicago, IL 60622


TTY: 773-489-4502

Fax: 773-489-4728


South Side Office

10 West 35th Street

Chicago, Il 60616


TTY: 312-949-0771

FAX: 312-949-0481

Call this office to set up interviews in Roseland.


Legal Rights


N.O.W. Legal and Education Fund 217-528-2077


Pro-Bono Advocates 312-827-2420


Women’s Assistance Fund 630-415-0555


The Lilac Tree               847-328-0313

A not for profit organization to help women going through divorce.

1215 Church St.

Evanston, IL 60201


Legal Services Corp.


Legal help to low-income individuals in civil matters.


3333 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Ph: 202-295-1500

Fax: 202-337-6797



Pro Bono Advocates


Civil orders for protection of victims of domestic violence.


Intake: 9 AM to 11AM

28 N. Clark St., Room 630

Chicago, IL 60602



Rental and Legal Help


Metropolitan Tenants Organization

Questions and referrals

1180 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Chicago, IL 60622

773-292-4988 (or 4980)


Chicago Commission on Human Relations

- Discrimination and referrals



Chicago Dept. of Consumer Service

- Security deposits complaints

121 N. LaSalle Ave., Rm. 808

Chicago, IL 60602



Housing & Urban Development (HUD)

Subsidized housing tenants

Chicago 312-353-6236

Washington, D.C. 202-708-1112  


Tax Information


Illinois Department of Revenue

Downloadable forms and information.


Internal Revenue Service

Find tax forms and information booklets available online.

         Tax assistance and info on appeals: 800-829-1040

         Hearing Impaired: 800-829-4059

         Forms and Publications: 800-829-3676

         TeleTax: Recorded tax information on approximately 150 topics.


         Individual refund hotline: 800-829-1954


Online info concerning appeals process can be found on the IRS home page:




What follows is a list of attorneys who have worked with some members of the CFCCC to assure their eligibility for social services and disability claims. They have also been referred to us as being somewhat familiar with CFS/ME, Fibro, or MCS. LISTING IN DIRECTORY SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AN ENDORSEMENT.


Please note: A recent study done at DePaul University has shown that medical students tended to treat patients more effectively when the same symptoms were described, but the named diagnosis was myalgic encephalomyelitis rather than chronic fatigue syndrome.


George Ackron

Paraclete Services

4615 Tile Line Rd.

Crystal Lake, IL 60012


Advocate in Disability Law. Has been providing advocacy services in IL for 25 years. Specializing in Special Ed. and SS Disability Representation; does advocacy for adults and children with disabilities.


Daley, DeBofsky and Bryant

55 W. Monroe St., Suite 2440
Chicago, Illinois 60603

Ph: 312-372-5200

Fax: 312-372-2778



A law firm which concentrates in disability law and employment rights.


Ken Dobbs, JD

3rd floor Dearborn Station,

47 W Polk St.,

Chicago, IL 60605

312-461-9800; fax 312-461-9008 (familiar with EI/MCS)


Frank J. Kokoszka                                                                              

140 South Dearborn, Suite 1610

Chicago, IL 60603-5299




N. David Kornfeld

Social Security Attorney
1718 Sherman Avenue
Suite 203
Evanston, IL 60201
203 North LaSalle Street
Suite 2100
Chicago, Il 60601


Kenneth S. Lewis      

1 N. Franklin St., Suite 1850

Chicago, IL 60606-3424


Workers compensation


Thomas Nash

8 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1616

Chicago, IL 60603


Social Security Disability and private long-term disability


Jeff Rabin

636 South Des Plaines River Road

Suite 300

Des Plaines, IL 60016


Toll free: 800-529-0600

Fax: 847-299-4493

Social Security Disability, will travel


Robert Williams, Williams & Marcus, Ltd.

33 N. LaSalle St., 37th floor

Chicago, IL 60602


attorney familiar with EI/MCS


To file a Complaint of discrimination on basis of disability: Cook County Commission on Human Rights 312-603-1100


Illinois Department of Human Rights 312-814-6200,


U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 312-353-2713; also see "The ADA: Your Employment Rights as an Individual with a Disability http:\\


Equip for Equality Inc.

20 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 341-0022
(800) 537-2632 (Voice)
(800) 610-2779 (TTY)
(312) 341-0295 (Fax)
Se Habla Espańol and other languages
American Sign Language (ASL) (E-mail)