Illinois (joined 1998)

Language Access Coordinator Contact
Sophia Akbar, Language Access Services Specialist
Language Access Program
Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts
222 N. LaSalle Street, 13th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Phone: 312-793-3250
Emailsakbar@illinoiscourts.gov
Website: http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/CivilJustice/LanguageAccess/default.asp

Code of Ethics or Rules of Professional Conduct: http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/CivilJustice/LanguageAccess/Illinois_Code_of_Interpreter_Ethics.pdf

Language Access Plan: http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/CivilJustice/LanguageAccess/language-access-plans.asp

Interpreter Statutes and Rules: 

http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/CivilJustice/LanguageAccess/Language_Access_Policy.pdf

http://ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=1975&ChapterID=54

http://ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?DocName=073500050HArt%2E+VIII+Pt%2E+14&ActID=2017&ChapterID=56&SeqStart=62100000&SeqEnd=62450000

http://ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=1844&ChapterID=50

Coordination/Supervision of Interpreters: Interpreters are coordinated at the local circuit court level.

Cost of Interpreter Services (including fees to freelance and salaries of staff interpreters): Unknown 

Budget for Language Access Program (not including direct interpreter services): Unknown

Funding for Language Access Program: General revenue from the state.

Compensation Range for Salaried Interpreters (spoken language): Unknown 

Compensation Range for Salaried Interpreters (sign language): Unknown

Compensation Range for Freelance Interpreters (certified spoken language): Unknown

Compensation Range for Freelance Interpreters (certified sign language): Unknown 

Difference in Pay between Spanish and LOTS Interpreters: Unknown 

Minimum Certification Requirements: Attend a two-day orientation, pass the NCSC written English proficiency exam at 80%, pass the NCSC oral certification exam at 70%; or have federal certification

2017 Dates and Locations of Testing and Training: http://illinoiscourts.gov/CivilJustice/LanguageAccess/default.asp#certified