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Civil Rights

The Attorney General's Civil Rights Bureau enforces civil rights laws to prohibit discrimination. The bureau also advocates for legislation to strengthen the laws and participates in community outreach programs.

The mission of the Civil Rights Bureau is to protect the civil rights guarantees of Illinois citizens, including all rights existing under constitutional, statutory, administrative or common law. The bureau investigates complaints of "pattern and practice" discrimination in housing, public accommodations, employment and financial matters.

The Civil Rights Bureau

•  reviews and responds to constituent complaints directed to the Attorney General involving civil rights issues

•  conducts investigations of possible civil rights violations based upon patterns or practices that have a significant impact in Illinois

•  litigates cases where the investigation indicates such action is warranted

•  monitors and proposes legislation and administrative rules that involve civil rights concerns with a view toward making recommendations

Civil Rights Complaint Form

If you have a civil rights-related complaint, please complete and submit one of the forms below.

The following complaint form works best when opening it through Internet Explorer. If you are browsing with Firefox, Chrome or Safari web browsers, follow these instructions to open the complaint form.

Civil Rights Links and Documents:

Civil Rights Bureau Brochure PDF document

Civil Rights Bureau Brochure (Español) PDF document

Civil Rights Fact Sheet PDF document

Civil Rights Fact Sheet (Español) PDF document

Civil Rights Fact Sheet (Polish) PDF document

Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Ed Act PDF document

U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)

HUD's Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity Office

Fair Housing Laws & Presidential Executive Orders

Illinois Human Rights Act

Civil Rights Bureau Contact Information

Civil Rights Bureau
Office of the Attorney General
James R. Thompson Center, 11th floor
100 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

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