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… for a fantastic celebration of our 15th anniversary, with over 400 attendees; 23 exonerees who spent 453 years in prison for crimes they did not commit; and families and representatives of our current clients!

The clock is running out on our federal grants and the demand for our assistance from the wrongfully convicted increasing, we announced a goal of raising $500,000 during 2016 – from additional grants, the University, and YOU, our core supporters.  If you did not have the opportunity before, please DONATE NOW or make a pledge by contacting Founding Director, Larry Golden, at (217) 553-7171 or


Left: IIP Chicago Legal Director Lauren Kaeseberg honoring attending exonerees from throughout Illinois and surrounding communities. IIP Exoneree Angel Gonzalez is at right front. Right: Illinois Times Editor/Publisher Fletcher Farrar, with IIP's first exoneree Keith Harris, accepting the 2016 Defender Award on behalf of the Illinois Times.

Left: Exonerees, from L to R, Jonathan Barr, Eddie Bolden, James Harden and Tyrone Hood, who traveled to Springfield especially for the Event. Eddie was released just 10 days before the Event after 22 years of wrongful imprisonment. Right: IIP Exoneree Teshome Campbell presenting his and his family's own award to one of his attorneys, David Pekarek Krohn, of Perkins Coie law firm, 2016 Defender Awardee.

For more photos, see our 2016 Defenders Event album.


Watch a WSEC/PBS broadcast of the April 30 Defenders Event on:

  • Thursday, May 5 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 7 at 12:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 8 at 5:00 p.m.