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(740 ILCS 23/5)
(a) No unit of State, county, or local government in Illinois shall:
(1) exclude a person from participation in, deny a
person the benefits of, or subject a person to discrimination under any program or activity on the grounds of that person's race, color, national origin, or gender; or
(2) utilize criteria or methods of administration
that have the effect of subjecting individuals to discrimination because of their race, color, national origin, or gender.
(b) Any party aggrieved by conduct that violates subsection (a) may bring a
civil lawsuit, in a federal district court or State circuit court, against the offending unit of
government. Any State claim brought in federal district court shall be a supplemental claim to a federal claim. This lawsuit must be brought not later than 2 years after the
violation of subsection (a). If the court finds that a violation of paragraph
(1) or (2) of subsection (a) has occurred, the court may award to the plaintiff
actual damages. The court, as it deems appropriate, may grant as
relief any permanent or preliminary negative or mandatory injunction, temporary restraining order, or
(c) Upon motion, a court shall award reasonable attorneys' fees and costs,
including expert witness fees and other litigation expenses, to a plaintiff who
is a prevailing party in any action brought:
(1) pursuant to subsection (b); or
(2) to enforce a right arising under the Illinois
In awarding reasonable attorneys' fees, the court shall consider the degree
to which the relief obtained relates to the relief sought.
(d) For the purpose of this Act, the term "prevailing party" includes any
(1) who obtains some of his or her requested relief
through a judicial judgment in his or her favor;
(2) who obtains some of his or her requested relief
through any settlement agreement approved by the court; or
(3) whose pursuit of a non-frivolous claim was a
catalyst for a unilateral change in position by the opposing party relative to the relief sought.
(Source: P.A. 95-541, eff. 1-1-08.)