Public Benefits

Every person deserves the chance to thrive. Public benefits provide essential assistance that helps Illinoisans who are living in poverty obtain healthcare and meet their basic needs, such as food and shelter. Public benefits can also create a necessary foundation for people who are trying to find work and become financially independent. Legal Action works to ensure that those who need these benefits can access them without barriers.

Our Values

  • The public benefits system should ensure a basic quality of life for all Illinoisans, regardless of their background, circumstances, ability to work, or capacity to navigate the system; and should provide benefits and services that maximize everyone’s chances for upward mobility.

  • Every low-income person deserves fair access to the services and support that Illinois provides.

  • Public benefits systems should promote human dignity, respect individual privacy, and function efficiently for eligible beneficiaries.

To learn more about some of our current Public Benefits initiatives, click below.