On December 6, 1979, the then Governor James R. Thompson signed into law the Illinois Human Rights Act, 775 ILCS 5/1-101 et seq. The Act created the broadest civil rights coverage for the people of Illinois in the history of the state.
The Illinois Human Rights Commission is dedicated to promoting freedom from unlawful discrimination as defined by the Illinois Human Rights Act. The Act forbids discrimination based on sex, age, race, color, religion, arrest record, marital status, sexual orientation, handicap, citizenship, national origin, ancestry, unfavorable military discharge, retaliation, and sexual harassment.
The Act forbids discrimination in employment, real estate transactions, higher education, public accommodations and access to financial credit. Our mission is to provide a neutral forum for resolving complaints of discrimination filed under the Illinois Human Rights Act.
Our primary responsibility is to make impartial determinations of whether there has been unlawful discrimination as defined by the Illinois Human Rights Act. We are also responsible for furnishing information to the public about the Act and the Commission.
To fulfill our mission, we strive to provide professional, competent, and considerate service to everyone who seeks information from us or who has a case before the Commission.
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Tel.: (312) 814 – 6269
T.D.D.: (312) 814 – 4760
Fax: (312) 814 – 6517