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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.


Police Reform

A federal court judge has approved a consent decree to reform the Chicago Police Department. The consent decree is the result of a lawsuit brought by the Attorney Generalís Office against the City of Chicago following the U.S. Department of Justiceís investigation that found the Chicago Police Department engaged in a pattern of civil rights violations. The consent decree requires reforms that provide the guidance and support police officers need to practice safe and constitutional policing and build trust between community residents and police.

More information can be found at www.chicagopoliceconsentdecree.org


Civil Rights Complaint Form

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

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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.

Hate Crimes Guidance PDF Document

Hate Crimes Complaint Form PDF Document


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.

Guidance to Law Enforcement: Authority Under Illinois and Federal Law to Engage in Immigration Enforcement PDF Document


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.

Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Ed Act PDF document

The Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act Brochure PDF document

Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act Annual Report Template PDF document

Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act (Act) Frequently Asked Questions PDF document

Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act Frequently Asked Questions
Regarding Reporting Requirements
PDF document

2018 Supplemental FAQs PDF document

2017 School Report Compliance PDF document

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:

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

Know Your Rights PDF document (mobile version) (printable pocket-sized guide)
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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
1-877-581-3692

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