Court rule change on pooled accounts raises $1 million

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A rule change governing legal clients’ funds made by the Illinois Supreme Court in 2015 has generated more than $1 million for legal help for the poor. The court adjusted a rule dealing with unidentified funds in pooled client trust accounts handled by lawyers. Lawyers who cannot identify the owners of the funds after 12 months turn them over to the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois.