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Thank you to all of our supporters AND the Exoneree Band
for making this the best Defenders of the Innocent Event ever!


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Nearly 500 friends and supporters - and over 30 exonerees - shared the evening with us.
And many 
individuals donated their time and talents to make the event memorable, including:

Jim Reed, master of ceremonies
Cathy and Ron Boerke, "I Am Innocent" display
Kent and Gwen Childs, hosts
Bonnie Ettinger, pianist
Yosh Golden, exoneree boutonnieres
Lee Milner, photographer
UIS students and many IIP volunteers 

Mark your calendar for next year's Defenders Event!
Saturday, May 2, 2020


I would like to support the work of the Project.

The Illinois Innocence Project provides legal services at no cost to the wrongfully convicted. On average, it takes 8-10 years and over $300,000 to free one innocent person from prison. It also requires a skilled team of litigators and investigators supported by UIS students, volunteers and staff.

Your financial support matters! Your donations directly impact our ability to correct miscarriages of justice, educate the public about wrongful convictions and reform our state's criminal justice system.

Thank you!