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Issues

The Situation in Illinois

Sexual Orientation

The Illinois Hate Crimes Act explicitly includes actual or perceived sexual orientation as a protected class.
 
Gender Identity
 
According to The Illinois Department of Human Rights, state law explicitly protects actual or perceived gender identity under the current hate crimes law by including it as a provision of sexual orientation.
 
An update:
 
House Bill 3930 was signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner on July 20, 2015 and takes effect on January 1, 2016. When it takes effect, the enhanced Illinois Hate Crimes Act will have the first specific inclusion of transgender people. It will specifically name gender identity as a protected category.
 
The new law will also extend hate crimes protections to community centers that may be targeted for institutional vandalism because of sexual orientation or gender identity status.
 
ILLINOIS HATE CRIME FACTS AT A GLANCE
 
In Illinois, the FBI hate crimes data collected from local agencies show that there were 69 hate crimes reported in 2011, of which 17, or 24.6 percent, were motivated by the victim’s actual or perceived sexual orientation.

View the most recent breakdown of Illinois hate crime incidents by location.