Skip Navigation
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan
Home | Careers | Press Room | Opinions | Español | Other Languages | Contact Us

Defending Your Rights

Civil Rights

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.

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.

Police Reform

Attorney General Madigan filed a lawsuit against the city of Chicago to seek an enforceable consent decree to address the U.S. Department of Justiceís findings that the Chicago Police Department engaged in a pattern of civil rights violations. The lawsuit will seek reforms that provide the guidance and support police officers need to practice safe and constitutional policing and rebuild trust between community residents and police.

Madiganís lawsuit is the first step to obtain a court-enforceable consent decree overseen by a federal judge with the city of Chicago. Madigan will seek input from the community and police officers in negotiating the terms of the consent decree.

Attorney General Madigan encourages community members and members of law enforcement with feedback regarding the Chicago Police Department and police reform to contact her office at 1-833-243-1498 or Madiganís office also launched a new website,, to provide more information on the consent decree process and allow all residents to provide feedback online. The feedback received will help inform the terms of the consent decree.

Madiganís office will be assisted by lead expert Ron Davis, who most recently served as the director of DOJís Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, which is responsible for advancing community policing nationwide, and as the Executive Director of the Presidentís Task Force on 21st Century Policing created by President Obama to develop recommendations to improve community trust in the police while enhancing public safety. Madiganís office will also be assisted by Robins Kaplan, a national law firm retained on a pro bono basis that has a long history of community work on behalf of a wide range of clients.

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.

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, 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.

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

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)
  (Chinese)  (en Español)  (Hindi)  (Polish)  (Serbian)  (Urdu)

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

go to top of page

Return to Defending Your Rights Main Page

© 2018 Illinois Attorney General HomePrivacy Policy Contact Us