Fair Housing: Illinois

This page is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute, and should not be construed as, legal advice. This page is not intended to provide a mandatory standard of care for the industry.  

On these pages, you will find information about the protected classes in each state’s fair housing law as well as the cities and counties in the state’s three largest city or metropolitan areas that enforce additional fair housing protections. We highlight source of income protections, where applicable, that could substantially impact industry operations. Please see the footnotes. NAA also has resources on the federal fair housing protections that apply nationwide.

We are currently in the process of optimizing NAA’s Fair Housing Protected Class Resources. If you do not see a jurisdiction of interest, please reach out to the NAA Government Affairs Team at [email protected].

Information on this page is current as of March 2022.

Illinois Protected Classes

(State of Illinois Compiled Statutes - Human Rights Act 775 ILCS 5/1-102 (from Ch. 68, par. 1-102)

  • Race

  • Color

  • National Origin

  • Religion

  • Sex

  • Familial Status

  • Disability

  • Age

  • Ancestry

  • Order of Protection Status

  • Marital Status

  • Military Status

  • Sexual Orientation

  • Unfavorable Discharge from Military

  • Source of Income[1]

[1] IL HB 2775 adds source of Income as a protected class and defines Source of income as "the lawful manner by which an individual supports himself or herself and his or her dependents."

Chicago Metro Area

(Cook County Code § 42-38)​

In addition to enforcement of federal and state protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Favorable Discharge from Military
  • Gender Identity
  • Housing Status
  • Source of Income1

City of Chicago Protected Classes

(City of Chicago Municipal Code §5-8-010 et seq.)

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes.

1Source of Income means the lawful manner by which an individual supports themselves and their dependents.

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes

In addition to enforcement of federal and state protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Gender2
  • Victim Of Sexual Harassment2

2This protected class is found in a local fair housing source, not statutory code.

(McHenry County Code § 2.96.180)

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes

City of Aurora Protected Classes

(City of Aurora Municipal Code § 22-24)​

Aurora also partially resides in DuPage, Kane, and Kendall Counties            

In addition to enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Creed
  • Gender

City of Naperville Protected Classes

(City of Naperville Municipal Code §12-4-1 et seq.)​

Naperville also partially resides in DuPage County.            

In addition to enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Source of Income3
  • Gender Identity
  • Housing Status

3Source of Income means any lawful income, subsidy or benefit with which an individual supports himself or herself and his or her dependents, including but not limited to, child support, maintenance, and any federal, state or local public assistance, medical assistance or rental assistance program.

Rockford Metro Area

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes

City of Rockford Protected Classes

(City of Rockford Municipal Code § 11-81 et seq.)​

In addition to enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Use of a Support Animal

Springfield Metro Area

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

City of Springfield Protected Classes

(City of Springfield Municipal Code §93.11)

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes.