Category Archives: Fair Housing

Amendment to Chicago Fair Housing approved by Committee on Human Relations and new tenant right to claim retaliation

Law expands protected class to veterans and adds right to retaliation claim for any fair housing proceeding Yesterday, the Chicago City Council’s Committee on Human Relations approved an amendment to the Chicago Fair Housing and Human Rights Ordinance proposed by … Continue reading

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Supreme Court upholds disparate impact claims in Fair Housing cases

Split court determines disparate impact cases are legal in fair housing In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court upheld the concept of using disparate impact to prove housing discrimination.  Low-income housing advocates “The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.” alleged … Continue reading

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Landlords need to know Chicago and Illinois expansions of Fair Hosuing Protected Classes!

Tenant alleges gender identity discrimination in Rogers Park Windy City Times reports that a transgender tenant in Rogers Park has brought a fair housing complaint against her landlord with the Chicago Commission on Human Relations.  The complaint alleges that the … Continue reading

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Prediction for 2014: Illinois landlords better learn the fair housing laws!

Yesterday’s Chicago Tribune contained a story about complaints from fair housing advocates to the Cook County Board concerned with recent events whereby Glenview, Illinois has attempted to exempt itself from application of Cook County’s recent amendment to the fair housing … Continue reading

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NEW LAW: Cook County landlords cannot discriminate based on Section 8 participation

In a vote being celebrated by Tenant’s rights advocates, the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted yesterday to amend the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance to prohibit landlords from discriminating against tenants who are participating in Section 8 housing choice … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Cook County Section 8 amendment

On May 8, 2013, the Cook County Board will once again take up the topic of amending the Human Right’s Ordinance to make it a fair housing violation (for source of income discrimination) for a Cook County landlord to refuse … Continue reading

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Maximum Occupancy Restrictions and the Illinois Landlord

How many people can live here? Can a Chicago landlord put a cap or a limit on the number of renters who can occupy a rental apartment?  Maybe… but, if the landlord does not do it right, the landlord could … Continue reading

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Cook County Section 8 update

The Illinois Association of Realtors is reporting that efforts to add Section 8 protection to the Cook County fair housing law seem to have stalled.

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Meeting on Cook County fair housing amendments tomorrow

See update Tomorrow, July 24, 2012, the Human Relations Committee of the Cook County Board will have a meeting  on the proposal to make it a violation of the Cook County human rights ordinance (fair housing) if a landlord denies … Continue reading

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Cook County Section 8 Update

See update It has been reported that the measure introduced today at the Cook County Board Meeting was presented with seven co-sponsors meaning that the amendment is supported by eight commissioners and would need only one more vote to pass.  … Continue reading

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