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Illinois Attorney General Funding for Foreclosure Mediation Ends After Five Impactful Years

Just Court ADR, August 30th, 2018

On August 31, 2018, a five-year grant to develop, operate and evaluate foreclosure mediation pilot programs across Illinois will conclude. Funded by settlements obtained by the Office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, this grant allowed Resolution Systems Institute and our partners statewide to assist over 1,000 homeowners in saving their homes and an additional 3,000 homeowners in sitting down with their lenders to get clarity about available options in addressing their foreclosures. We produced a comprehensive evaluation in 2015, and will be publishing a follow-up later this fall, which examine and contrast how different program models affect outcomes – making it a valuable resource not just for Illinoisans, but for ADR program administrators anywhere.

We are truly grateful to AG Madigan, our partners, stakeholders and the Illinois courts who made these outcomes possible.

AG Madigan speaking in 2014 as RSI Executive Director Susan Yates and Former Board President Hon. Morton Denlow (ret.) listen.

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Just Court ADR, August 20th, 2018

RSI is on Twitter! You can now stay up-to-date with us and get the latest court ADR news and research in a new way. Same great content, now in 280 characters or less.

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Support RSI Through AmazonSmile This Prime Day

Just Court ADR, July 16th, 2018

Today is Amazon Prime Day! Are you participating? If so, you can support RSI through AmazonSmile!

When you support RSI on AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchase to RSI! You can register to support RSI through AmazonSmile here.

We appreciate and thank you for your support! 


Mayor Thomas McNamara Declares July 11, 2018 Resolution Systems Institute Day

Just Court ADR, July 12th, 2018

Yesterday, during our summer staff gathering in Rockford, we received a wonderful surprise! During our picnic, Matthew Flores, Assistant City Attorney for the City of Rockford, presented Susan Yates, RSI’s Executive Director, with a Proclamation signed by the City of Rockford Mayor Thomas McNamara which declared July 11, 2018 as Resolution Systems Institute Day!

In 2013, RSI received a grant from the Illinois Attorney General to incubate foreclosure mediation in Illinois. In November 2014, RSI began the 17th Judicial Circuit Court Foreclosure Mediation program. By the end of 2017, RSI assisted 694 homeowners with 202 home retentions. RSI’s grant will be ending August 31, 2018, at which time the 17th Circuit Foreclosure Mediation program will be taken over by the court.

RSI is pleased to have had the opportunity to work with the 17th Judicial Circuit and thanks Mayor McNamara for the recognition.

Matthew Flores, Assistant City Attorney for the City of Rockford, presents Susan Yates, RSI’s Executive Director, with Proclamation declaring July 11, 2018 as Resolution Systems Institute Day!


The Proclamation from Mayor Thomas McNamara

Congratulations Kent Lawrence on Receiving The Hon. Gerald C. Bender Humanitarian Award

Just Court ADR, June 29th, 2018

The Board and Staff of RSI would like to congratulate Kent Lawrence on his receipt of the Decalogue Society of Lawyers​ Hon. Gerald C. Bender Humanitarian Award. The Hon. Gerald C. Bender Humanitarian Award is presented to individuals whose excellence and dedication demonstrate commitment to strive for justice by serving the community.

Kent Lawrence is a founder of RSI and continues to be a steadfast support of our mission of strengthening the justice system by enhancing alternative dispute resolution.

Were it not for the vision of Kent Lawrence, RSI would not exist and countless litigants would not have benefited from alternative forms of dispute resolution.

Congratulations Kent, we are very proud of you!

Kathy and Kent Lawrence and RSI’s Executive Director Susan Yates at the Decalogue Society of Lawyers 84th Annual Awards Dinner this past Wednesday, June 27, 2018.