Is there money to help violent crime victims and families of homicide with medical, counseling, and burial expenses?
Yes. If you are an uninsured violent crime victim who was hospitalized first check with the hospital to apply under the Illinois Hospital Uninsured Patient Discount Act. (IHUPDA) This requires hospitals to give discounted care to eligible uninsured Illinois residents.

If you have further out of pocket medical or expenses as a result of the violent crime or you are a family member of a murder victim, you can file an application with the Crime Victims Compensation Program through the Illinois Attorney Generals office. Applications can be retrieved on line at or calling 1-800-228-3368 (TTY: 1-877-398-1130. The victim coordinator of the Lake County State’s Attorney can also assist you with the application forms. Make copies of every thing you send to the AG office. They will respond with a letter within a couple of weeks that they are processing your application. The process can take from 4 months to a year to complete.Illinois Attorney General website

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1. Is there money to help cover medical expenses as a result of violent crime committed against me?
2. Will the defendant be ordered to pay restitution?
3. If restitution is ordered how does it get to the victim?
4. How long does the defendant get to pay restitution?
5. What happens if restitution is not paid?
6. Is there money to help violent crime victims and families of homicide with medical, counseling, and burial expenses?
7. What is the Attorney General’s Crime Victim Compensation Program and who is eligible?