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 her office to report hate crimes and instances of discrimination or harassment by calling her Civil Rights Hotline at 1-877-581-3692.
Law Enforcement Guidance
Attorney General Lisa Madigan 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. The Trust Act prevents law enforcement officials across the state from arresting and detaining people based solely on their immigration status. In the Guidance, Madigan 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, Attorney General Madigan led the effort to pass the Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act. Under this law, Illinois colleges and universities must meet several requirements aimed at raising awareness about and addressing campus sexual violence. These requirements include: Developing a comprehensive policy, including a procedure to resolve complaints; providing students with a confidential advisor; participating in a task force; offering annual training to students and campus employees; and reporting information and data annually to the Illinois Attorney Generalís Office. Use the links below to download resource materials related to the law, including FAQs, a reporting form template and a fact sheet.
Civil Rights Links and Documents:
Civil Rights Bureau