Our Impact

Over our 50-year history, the Shriver Center has secured hundreds of law and policy victories with and for people living in poverty in Illinois. Building on these wins and our comprehensive view of poverty, we connect and train lawyers, community leaders, and activists nationwide to advance opportunity — for all, not just some.

We are saddened by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to temporarily block the nationwide injunction halting the federal government’s public charge rule

By expanding Medicaid coverage to 12 months postpartum, Illinois can make significant progress toward reducing maternal mortality and morbidity.

Affordable access to insulin is life-saving and sustaining for more than 1.1 million Illinoisans who live with diabetes.

Although the ruling leaves the ACA in place for now, it threatens to undermine the ACA by stripping health coverage from millions of people.

Taking food away from the people who need it most does not help them get a job, it only plunges them into deeper poverty.

Measure will protect over 1 million people in Cook County from housing discrimination.

Complaint seeks new housing and zoning laws in Chicago to ensure the creation of affordable housing across all neighborhoods, not just some.

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