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THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS

About IDHR
Information about the Department of Human Rights’ services and Illinois law.

Prohibited Discrimination
Prohibited practices and protected classes under the Illinois Human Rights Act.

IDHR Charge Filing Process
What to do if you believe you have been discriminated against and how to file a charge of discrimination.

Process After Filing a Charge
What happens after a charge is filed, the time for processing, remedies and penalties for proven discrimination.

Fair Housing Rights
Prohibited activities in real estate (housing) transactions, including rights of home-seekers, protected classes, how to file a charge of housing discrimination, and remedies and penalties for housing discrimination.

Miscellaneous
Information about protection from retaliation for filing a charge, language assistance, suing at court, and other agencies where a charge can be filed.

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