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775 ILCS 5/1-102
(775 ILCS 5/1-102)
(from Ch. 68, par. 1-102)
Declaration of Policy.
It is the public policy of this State:
(A) Freedom from Unlawful Discrimination. To secure for all individuals
within Illinois the freedom from discrimination against any individual because
of his or her race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, order of protection status,
marital status, physical or mental disability, military
status, sexual orientation, or unfavorable
discharge from military service in connection with employment, real estate
transactions, access to financial credit, and the availability of public
(B) Freedom from Sexual Harassment-Employment and Elementary, Secondary, and Higher Education.
To prevent sexual harassment in employment and sexual harassment in
elementary, secondary, and higher education.
(C) Freedom from Discrimination Based on Citizenship Status-Employment.
To prevent discrimination based on citizenship status in employment.
(D) Freedom from Discrimination Based on Familial Status-Real Estate
Transactions. To prevent discrimination based on familial status in real
(E) Public Health, Welfare and Safety. To promote the public health,
welfare and safety by protecting the interest of all people in Illinois
in maintaining personal dignity, in realizing their full productive
capacities, and in furthering their interests, rights and privileges as
citizens of this State.
(F) Implementation of Constitutional Guarantees. To secure and
guarantee the rights established by Sections 17, 18 and 19 of Article I
of the Illinois Constitution of 1970.
(G) Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action. To establish Equal
Opportunity and Affirmative Action as the policies of this State in all
of its decisions, programs and activities, and to assure that all State
departments, boards, commissions and instrumentalities rigorously take
affirmative action to provide equality of opportunity and eliminate the
effects of past discrimination in the internal affairs of State
government and in their relations with the public.
(H) Unfounded Charges. To protect citizens of this State against
unfounded charges of unlawful discrimination, sexual harassment in
employment and sexual harassment in elementary, secondary, and higher education, and discrimination
based on citizenship status in employment.
(Source: P.A. 95-668, eff. 10-10-07; 96-447, eff. 1-1-10; 96-1319, eff. 7-27-10.)