The Attorney Generalís Civil Rights Bureau protects the civil rights of all Illinois residents. The Bureau enforces civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination, works to strengthen the civil rights laws, and participates in community outreach programs. The Bureau also investigates complaints of patterns and practices of discrimination in housing, public accommodations, employment, and financial matters.
The Attorney General encourages individuals to contact the office to report hate crimes and instances of discrimination or harassment by calling the Civil Rights Hotline at 1-877-581-3692.
Hate Crimes Guidance
The Attorney Generalís Office issued guidance to state, county and local law enforcement agencies as well as advocacy organizations about a new, stronger hate crimes law in Illinois that will better protect Illinois residents from hate crimes.
The Hate Crimes Guidance is a resource for Illinois law enforcement agencies as well as advocacy organizations about the specific changes to the stateís hate crimes law. The new law expands the list of crimes that can be prosecuted as hate crimes in an effort to address the increasing use of technology to attack victims. Specifically, the new law adds the crimes of stalking, cyberstalking, transmission of obscene messages, and certain acts of intimidation to the list of crimes that can be charged and prosecuted as hate crimes. The law also ensures that victims of hate crimes have the ability to file a civil lawsuit in response to any hate crime and permits a judge to impose significant civil penalties on the perpetrator. It further permits the Attorney General to bring civil hate crime claims after consulting with local prosecutors and seek injunctions and civil penalties against perpetrators.
Law Enforcement Guidance
The Attorney Generalís Office issued guidance to state, county and local law enforcement agencies to increase awareness and provide an overview of recent state laws and federal actions that impact the authority of Illinois law enforcement to enforce federal immigration laws.
The Guidance details the provisions of the recently-enacted Illinois Trust Act, as well as other relevant Illinois laws, and provides background on federal immigration law and the recent federal executive actions.
The purpose of the Guidance is to offer a resource for Illinois law enforcement agencies on the impact of the Illinois Trust Act, which was signed into law in late August 2017. The Trust Act prevents law enforcement officials across the state from arresting and detaining people based solely on their immigration status. The Guidance specifically explains the limited authority of local, county and state law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law and the liability law enforcement agencies could face for enforcing federal immigration laws. The Guidance provides specific recommendations on how law enforcement agencies in Illinois can comply with the federal and state laws that limit their authority to enforce federal immigration laws.
Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act
In 2015, the Attorney Generalís Office led the effort to pass the Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act. Under this law, public and private colleges and universities in Illinois must meet several requirements aimed at raising awareness about and addressing campus sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. These requirements include: (1) Developing a comprehensive policy, including a procedure to resolve complaints, a definition of consent, and an amnesty provision; (2) providing students with a confidential advisor; (3) providing survivors a short and clear written explanation of their rights; (4) participating in a task force to evaluate policies, practices and procedures regarding sexual assault on campus; (5) offering annual training to students and campus employees; and (6) reporting information and data annually to the Illinois Attorney Generalís Office.
All Illinois colleges and universities were required to submit their first annual report by November 1, 2017. The Attorney Generalís Office is required to post on its website a list of all colleges and universities that fail to comply with reporting requirements defined by the law.
The following list indicates which Illinois higher education institutions have provided a full report, those that have provided incomplete reports and those that have failed to submit a report entirely. This list only addresses compliance with the Actís requirement that each school submit an annual report. This list should not be construed as providing an opinion or analysis about the contents of a schoolís report or a schoolís degree of compliance with the Act as a whole.
For more information, use the links below to download resource materials related to the law, including FAQs, a reporting form template and a fact sheet.
For questions about the law or the reports, please contact Attorney General Raoulís Civil Rights Hotline at 1-877-581-3692.
* List is up to date as of September 19, 2018.
Civil Rights Links and Documents:
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