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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 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.

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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 (en Español)

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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