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 submitting a complaint using the links below. If you have questions, you may email the Civil Rights Bureau staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Civil Rights Hotline at 1-877-581-3692. Please be advised that the Office of the Attorney General is taking measures to address both our obligation to serve the public and the State of Illinois and our concern for the well-being of our employees and the general public health in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our offices across the state are open, but operating with reduced staff. This may mean that responses to your complaints, email, and telephone calls may be delayed. The office appreciates your patience during this time.
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 provide an overview of changes to Illinois laws that include prohibitions on engaging in immigration enforcement.
The guidance details the provisions of the Illinois Trust Act as well as other relevant Illinois laws, and provides background on federal immigration law.
The guidance is intended to serve as a resource for Illinois law enforcement agencies as they evaluate the impact of the Illinois Trust Act, which was signed into law in late August 2017, and the Keep Illinois Families Together Act, which was enacted in June 2019. The Trust Act prevents law enforcement officials across the state from arresting and detaining people based solely on their immigration status, and from complying with immigration detainer requests from federal authorities. The guidance explains limitations on local, county and state law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law and the liability law enforcement agencies could face for enforcing those 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:
All Illinois colleges and universities are required to submit their annual report by November 1 of each year. 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 compliance lists for each reporting year indicate 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. These lists only address compliance with the Actís requirement that each school submit an annual report. The 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.
* List is up to date as of September 2020.
Use the links below to download additional 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.
Civil Rights Links and Documents:
Civil Rights Bureau