PRESS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT
For Immediate Release April 22, 2013
FREE LEGAL HELP FOR STRUGGLING HOMEOWNERS FACING FORECLOSURE
Legal Aid lawyers are helping local families stay in their homes under new project
Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc. launched the Legal Help for Homeowners Project in October 2012, through a grant from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office. Since that time, attorneys in the five Land of Lincoln service offices have helped nearly 400 homeowners with advice, budget counseling, assistance with loan modifications, representation in the foreclosure case, and bankruptcy.
6th Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Dan L. Flannell, Macon County Circuit Judge Katherine M. McCarthy, Macon County Associate Judge James Coryell, Managing Attorney Susan Zielke, and Staff Attorneys Mallory Littlejohn, Lauren Pocock, and Angela Tucker will speak about the foreclosure cases in our local communities, and Land of Lincoln’s Legal Help for Homeowners Project.
Date: Friday, April 26th, 2013
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Macon County Courthouse, courtroom 5B
• In March 2013, Illinois had the second highest number of bank repossessions in the nation – more than 3,500 (http://money.cnn.com/2013/04/11/real_estate/foreclosures/index.html)
• In 2012, Illinois saw the 5th largest increase in foreclosure filings – up 33% from the year before (http://www.inman.com/news/2013/01/18/foreclosure-filings-in-half-us-states-in-2012)
• Since October 2012, the Eastern and Northern Regional offices of Land of Lincoln, which cover the counties in the local area, have assisted households who were facing foreclosure related problems with 125 different cases.
Organized in 1972, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc. is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to provide low income and senior residents of central and southern Illinois with high quality civil legal services in order to obtain and maintain their basic human needs. We are the sole provider of the full range of civil legal services for low-income persons in 65 counties in central and southern Illinois, providing services through five regional offices, two satellite offices and a centralized telephone intake and advice unit, the Legal Advice and Referral Center. The Eastern Regional Office is based in Champaign and serves fourteen counties: Champaign, Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Ford, Jasper, Moultrie, Piatt and Vermilion Counties. They also serve seniors in Macon and Shelby Counties. The Northern Regional Office is based in Springfield and serves ten counties: Cass, Christian, Logan, Macon, Mason, Menard, Morgan, Sangamon, Scott and Shelby Counties. They also serve seniors in Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, and Montgomery Counties.
If you are a homeowner in need of assistance, please call our toll-free number at 1-855-601-9474.