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Chicago Workers Collaborative Celebrates Restore, Reinvest and Renew (R3) Grant Award

CWC Celebrates Restore, Reinvest and Renew (R3) Grant Award As Our Working Families Legal Clinic Continues to Grow

Media Contact: María Piña, Manager of Immigration Services,

July 7th, 2022, Waukegan- The Chicago Workers Collaborative are pleased to announce that our Working Families Legal Clinic was the recipient of a $893,870 grant award from the state of Illinois’ Restore, Reinvest and Renew (R3) fund in support of civil legal aid in Waukegan and Lake County. This is the latest expansion of our Working Families Legal Clinic that was first started in 2020 with support from the Access to Justice coalition. For many years the low wage workers and immigrant community members we serve in Lake County have had difficulties accessing free legal representation and have often had to travel to the city of Chicago for help. This latest grant in support of the Working Families Legal Clinic represents a major breakthrough in creating legal access for low income workers and community members where they reside and work.

“I am excited we are taking this next step in expanding legal access for communities in Lake County,” said María Piña, Manager of Immigration Programs at CWC. “Whether it’s enforcing rights at work, or helping community members with immigration services, our program makes a real difference in people’s lives.” While the team at CWC is thrilled about the expansion of the Working Families Legal Clinic we have many to thank who helped us get to this point. We would especially like to thank the Resurrection Project, Raise the Floor Legal Clinic, the National Legal Advocacy Network, CWC Staff Attorney Marcelino Diaz, Access to Justice, Lake County Community Foundation, The Julian Grace Foundation, Cullen, Haskin and Manchetti, The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, the New American Initiative and the Immigrant Family Resource Program and Representative Rita Mayfield for your partnerships and support as we continue to expand our efforts in serving Lake County communities with quality legal services.

Stay tuned as we announce openings for new staff positions and as we onboard new programs in support of low wage workers and the communities of Lake County.

One of CWC’s Weekly Know Your Right seminars in our Waukegan office.


Founded in 2000, the Chicago Workers' Collaborative promotes the creation of stable, living wage jobs with race, class, and gender equity for precarious workers in the Chicago region.

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