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.
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