Prairie State Legal Services


Renter's Handbook

Legal Assistance


Need a Lawyer and Can't Afford One?
Types of Cases We May Handle
Who is Eligible for Assistance?
How to Reach Prairie State Legal Services



Need a Lawyer and Can't Afford One?

Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. provides free legal help for people and groups who cannot afford legal fees. PSLS charges no fees except for court filing costs and litigation costs that are not waived by the court. PSLS attorneys and paralegals have been hired through funds from the federal Legal Services Corporation, Lawyer's Trust Fund, by additional special grants, and by local funders such as United Way and Area Agencies on Aging.


Types of Cases We May Handle

Prairie State Legal Services does not handle all types of cases. Below is a list of some of the types of cases that we may handle. Contact your local office for more information.

landlord-tenant
welfare problems
emergency assistance
health benefits
domestic violence
Social Security and SSI
food stamps
public housing
      unemployment compensation
utilities
Medicaid
Medicare
nursing home problems
hospital bills
racial discrimination
utility terminations

Prairie State Legal Services Cannot Handle Criminal Cases


To be eligible for free legal help from Prairie State Legal Services, you must:

  • meet certain income standards which are based on family size OR be eligible through our Senior Citizens Project or other special program; and,
  • live in one of the following counties:

Boone, Bureau, Carroll, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Henry, Iroquois, JoDaviess, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, Livingston, McHenry, McLean, Marshall, Mercer, Ogle, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stephenson, Tazewell, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago, Woodford


How To Reach Us

Our offices are located in the following cities in northern and central llinois:

BLOOMINGTON
102 North Center Street, #405
Phone: 309/827-5021
Toll Free: 800/874-2536
TDD: 309/828-3896
Serving McLean & Livingston Counties

CAROL STREAM
350 South Schmale Road, #150
Phone: 630/690-2130
Toll Free: 800/690-2130
TDD: 630/690-2308
Serving DuPage County

JOLIET
16 West Van Buren Street, #204
Phone: 815/727-5123
Serving Will County in cooperation with Will County Legal Assistance Program

KANKAKEE
191 South Chicago Street
Phone: 815/935-2750
Toll Free: 800/346-2864
TDD: 815/935-2764
Serving Kankakee, Kendall & Iroquois Counties

OTTAWA
613 LaSalle Street
Phone: 815/434-5903
Toll Free: 800/892-7888
TDD: 815/434-6011
Serving LaSalle, Bureau, Lee, Putnam & Grundy Counties

PEORIA
414 Hamilton Boulevard, #301
Phone: 309/674-9831
Toll Free: 800/322-2280
TDD: 309/674-3811
Serving Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford & Marshall Counties

ROCKFORD
975 North Main Street
Phone: 815/965-2902
Toll Free: 800/892-2985
TDD: 815/965-5114
Serving Winnebago, Stephenson, Boone, Ogle, Carroll & JoDaviess Counties

ROCK ISLAND
208 - 18th Street, #202
Phone: 309/794-1328
Toll Free: 800/322-9804
TDD: 309/794-1302
Serving Rock Island, Henry, Mercer & Whiteside Counties

ST. CHARLES
10 East State Avenue, #102
Phone: 630/232-9415
Toll Free: 800/942-4612
TDD: 630/232-9412
Serving Kane & DeKalb Counties

WAUKEGAN 415 West Washington Street, #002
Phone: 847/662-6925
Toll Free: 800/942-3940
TDD: 847/662-4441
Serving Lake & McHenry Counties

Published in 1996.

Laws may have changed; please check with a lawyer before relying on information contained in this publication.

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