Chicago Commission on Human Relations (CCHR)

Chicago Commission on Human Relations (CCHR) As the civil rights agency of the City of Chicago, the CCHR handles discrimination laws, hate crime victim assistance & community tension intervention.

The Commission on Human Relations promotes appreciation of Chicago's diversity and works to eliminate prejudice and discrimination. Commissioners, advisory councils, and staff conduct pro-active programs of education, intervention, and constituency building to discourage bigotry and bring people from different groups together. The Commission enforces the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance and the Chicago Fair Housing Ordinance, which prohibit discrimination within the city of Chicago in the following areas:

Housing
Employment
Credit Transactions
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Public Accommodations

Operating as usual

ABC 7's, "Windy City Live" recently featured Historian/Photographer Bernie Kleina and CCHR's Ken Gunn in a story highlig...
01/19/2021
Martin Luther King Jr. seen up close in rare color photos during Chicago visit

ABC 7's, "Windy City Live" recently featured Historian/Photographer Bernie Kleina and CCHR's Ken Gunn in a story highlighting Kleina's color photos of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the Chicago Freedom Movement (1966-1967). The CCHR has displayed photos in libraries, the Pedway and other locals citywide.

https://abc7chicago.com/localish/martin-luther-king-jr-seen-up-close-in-rare-color-photos/9661975/

It was just luck that amateur photographer, Bernard Kleina, pulled out a roll of color film and began taking photos of Dr. Martin Luther King during his visit to Chicago to confront housing discrimination.

Wishing everyone a safe and wonderful new year! Hopefully by this time next year, we can celebrate but until then stay s...
12/31/2020

Wishing everyone a safe and wonderful new year! Hopefully by this time next year, we can celebrate but until then stay safe and #StayHomeChicago

12/25/2020

The CCHR would like to wish everyone a wonderful, happy, and safe holiday! #CCHR #Chicago #TeamUpMaskUp

The CCHR commits to creating more spaces for honest dialogue about race and the past and present-day impacts of systemic...
12/09/2020

The CCHR commits to creating more spaces for honest dialogue about race and the past and present-day impacts of systemic inequality. What will you commit to? #togetherweheal

Please visit www.chi.gov/togetherweheal for more details.

This week is Transgender Awareness Week. GLAAD is encouraging everyone to watch the documentary DISCLOSURE on Netflix. E...
11/16/2020
Transgender Awareness Week

This week is Transgender Awareness Week. GLAAD is encouraging everyone to watch the documentary DISCLOSURE on Netflix. Educate yourself and call out transphobia when you see it. https://www.glaad.org/transweek #TransAwarenessWeek

Each year between November 13 – 19, people and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility about transgender people and address issues members of the community face.The week before Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20, people and...

Honoring all who served. We thank you. #HappyVeteransDay #Chicago #Veterans
11/11/2020

Honoring all who served. We thank you. #HappyVeteransDay #Chicago #Veterans

Chicago Commission on Human Relations (CCHR)'s cover photo
11/10/2020

Chicago Commission on Human Relations (CCHR)'s cover photo

The Chicago Department of Family & Support Services (DFSS) announced a re-opening of the online application for its Rent...
11/05/2020
Rental Assistance

The Chicago Department of Family & Support Services (DFSS) announced a re-opening of the online application for its Rental Assistance Program (RAP) from November 2-15, 2020.

RAP is a homelessness prevention initiative that offers up to six months of support – including payment of rent and rent arrears – for eligible households that are at immediate risk of eviction. To be eligible for RAP, households must currently reside in a rental unit and have experienced a documented crisis or emergency within the last 90 days, such as: temporary loss of income, fire or flood, court order to vacate (foreclosure or eviction), or domestic violence.

If you or a neighbor are experiencing hardship and at risk of eviction, please visit chicago.gov/fss/RAP to apply for this critical funding.

FAQs:https://mcusercontent.com/064a4eb35bd70aef6394f83eb/files/86c6be25-e9f6-4735-9a2d-941842937cfb/RAP_FAQ_final_English.pdf

DFSS Flyer in English and Español:https://mcusercontent.com/064a4eb35bd70aef6394f83eb/files/21514592-8585-4945-ac6f-9ed4ace0db78/RAP_flyer_final_bilingual.pdf

Rental Assistance is available for people suffering financial hardship due to a crisis such as loss of job, home fire or illness. The program is intended to allow families to maintain housing during the time it takes to regain stability.

You still have time to vote! Polls are open until 7PM CT. Find your polling place at http://chi.gov/vote #vote2020
11/03/2020

You still have time to vote! Polls are open until 7PM CT. Find your polling place at http://chi.gov/vote #vote2020

Go vote! Polls are open from 6AM - 7PM CT. To find your polling place, please visit http://chi.gov/vote. #vote2020 #Chic...
11/03/2020

Go vote! Polls are open from 6AM - 7PM CT. To find your polling place, please visit http://chi.gov/vote. #vote2020 #Chicago

The City of Chicago is co-hosting socially distanced and virtual Halloweek activities across the City. There are more th...
10/29/2020
Chicago Halloweek

The City of Chicago is co-hosting socially distanced and virtual Halloweek activities across the City. There are more than 100 events taking place this week. To find the event closest to you, please visit: www.ChicagoHalloweek.org

 Celebrating Halloween SafelyWe all know Halloween will look a little different this year. While we all want to have fun and celebrate, it is important to remember that COVID-19 is still the biggest goblin we face.  Chicago’s Eight Halloweek Guidelines    Masks aren’t just for trick-or-trea...

The Equal Pay Day Chicago coalition and our partners are working to lift up the voices and experiences of women of color...
10/28/2020

The Equal Pay Day Chicago coalition and our partners are working to lift up the voices and experiences of women of color in conversations about the wage gap. That’s why this year, we are holding Chicago’s annual equal pay event on Latina Equal Pay Day in recognition of the fact that we cannot close the wage gap until ALL women are paid equitably.

#Trabajadoras #OwnYourPower2020

The event will be livestreamed. RSVP to our Facebook event and stay tuned for details on where to watch! https://bddy.me/34yHmrE

The City of Chicago is co-hosting socially distanced and virtual Halloweek activities across the City. There are more th...
10/28/2020
Chicago Halloweek

The City of Chicago is co-hosting socially distanced and virtual Halloweek activities across the City. There are more than 100 events taking place this week. To find the event closest to you, please visit: www.ChicagoHalloweek.org

 Celebrating Halloween SafelyWe all know Halloween will look a little different this year. While we all want to have fun and celebrate, it is important to remember that COVID-19 is still the biggest goblin we face.  Chicago’s Eight Halloweek Guidelines    Masks aren’t just for trick-or-trea...

10/27/2020
Peace Weekend 2020

Check out Build The Peace's Peace Day video with the appearance of CCHR's very own Acting Commissioner, Kenneth Gunn! #PeaceDay2020 #PeaceDayChicago #PeaceDay

https://vimeo.com/468079606

This is "Peace Weekend 2020" by Jennifer Kim on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

#COVID19 threatens to widen pay disparities, esp for BIPOC women who are a disproportionate % of essential workers & tho...
10/26/2020

#COVID19 threatens to widen pay disparities, esp for BIPOC women who are a disproportionate % of essential workers & those who’ve lost jobs. Join @EqualPayDayChic for a virtual event on 10/29—#LatinaEqualPay Day—on working women, #COVID19 & the #WageGap.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/3504712752924243

#COVID19 amenaza con ampliar las disparidades salariales, especialmente para las mujeres de color, que constituyen la mayoría de las trabajadoras esenciales y aquellas que mas han perdido su empleo. Acompáñenos para un evento virtual el 10/29.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/3504712752924243

We won't close the gender #WageGap until every woman is compensated with #EqualPay for equal work. Join us & @EqualPayDa...
10/20/2020

We won't close the gender #WageGap until every woman is compensated with #EqualPay for equal work.

Join us & @EqualPayDayChicago on Oct 29, #LatinaEqualPay Day, at 4pm CT for a virtual panel discussion to lift up all women in this movement for pay equity. https://www.facebook.com/events/3504712752924243

10/16/2020

October 29 is #LatinaEqualPay Day, representing how far into 2020 Latina women must work, on average, to earn what white men earned in 2019.

El 10/29 es #LatinaEqualPay Day, revelando qué tanto deben trabajar en el 2020 las mujeres Latinas para percibir lo mismo que los hombres blancos ganaron durante 2019.

Join us & the @EqualPayDayChic coalition for a virtual panel on pay equity on 10/29 at 4pm CT!

Acompañe a @EqualPayDayChic para un panel virtual sobre equidad salarial!

RSVP: https://bddy.me/2FFBeUU

Today is the last day for everyone to complete the Census. If you haven't done so already, please do it now! The census ...
10/14/2020

Today is the last day for everyone to complete the Census. If you haven't done so already, please do it now! The census data helps bring federal funding for the next 10 years!

Fill out your form online https://my2020census.gov or by calling 844-330-2020. #Chicago

10/14/2020

Stop Hate. Together.

OCTOBER WEBINAR

Responding Locally to Rising Hate and Conflict — Ideas and Action Tools for Communities
October 15 at 1 PM PT / 2 PM CT / 3 PM MT / 4 PM ET (90 minutes)

RSVP here: https://bddy.me/2SUwr4U

Stop Hate. Together.OCTOBER WEBINARResponding Locally to Rising Hate and Conflict — Ideas and Action Tools for Communiti...
10/13/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Responding Locally to Rising Hate and Conflict. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Stop Hate. Together.

OCTOBER WEBINAR

Responding Locally to Rising Hate and Conflict — Ideas and Action Tools for Communities
October 15 at 1 PM PT / 2 PM CT / 3 PM MT / 4 PM ET (90 minutes)

RSVP here: https://bddy.me/2SQPM6V

The threat of hate and political violence has reached an urgent new level. Hate groups, white supremacists, and anti-government extremists present a clear danger to our country. Violent white supremacy is the most persistent and lethal domestic threat, according to a report released by the Department of Homeland Security in October 2020.

Evidence of the spiraling threat became clear as a plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, start a civil war, and detonate explosives was uncovered and thwarted by the FBI and state law enforcement.

How can we be proactive in our local communities in the face of escalating conflict?

The threat of hate and political violence has reached an urgent new level. Hate groups, white supremacists, and anti-government extremists present a clear danger to our country. Violent white supremacy is the most persistent and lethal domestic threat, according to a report released by the Departmen...

In 1857, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the infamous Dred Scott Decision, the Negro had no rights which the white man w...
09/25/2020

In 1857, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the infamous Dred Scott Decision, the Negro had no rights which the white man was bound to respect. The decision in the Breonna Taylor case, and many like this, cannot help but make one wonder whether our nation has reverted back to this way of thinking. Breonna did not deserve to die, and she did not deserve to have her killing go unpunished. Justice has once again been denied. WE MUST DO BETTER! One nation, ...with liberty and justice for all! #JusticeforBreonnaTaylor

The CCHR joins with the nation in mourning the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg's ...
09/21/2020

The CCHR joins with the nation in mourning the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg's commitment to civil rights, women's rights, and equality for all will be her legacy, and we thank her for protecting our precious freedoms. #RIPRBG

The deadline to complete the census is September 30, 2020. A complete count of Chicago is important because the census d...
09/16/2020

The deadline to complete the census is September 30, 2020. A complete count of Chicago is important because the census data helps bring us federal funding for the next 10 years!

Fill out your form online https://my2020census.gov/ or by calling 844-330-2020. #Chicago #MakeYourselfCount #Census2020

The CCHR is happy to announce that Attorney JoAnn Newsome, Director of Compliance/Fair Housing has been promoted to Depu...
09/15/2020

The CCHR is happy to announce that Attorney JoAnn Newsome, Director of Compliance/Fair Housing has been promoted to Deputy Commissioner. Deputy Newsome has been with the CCHR since 1998, serving in different management capacities during most of her tenure.

Congratulations JoAnn on this well-deserved accomplishment!

09/14/2020
www.chicago.gov

We are pleased to announce that our 2019 Annual Report is now available! Please follow the link below for a digital version of the 2019 Annual Report. #CCHR #HumanRelations #Chicago

https://www.chicago.gov/content/dam/city/depts/cchr/AnnualReports/2019AnnualReport.pdf

08/31/2020
Chicago Mayor's Office

Chicago Mayor's Office

2021 BUDGET FORECAST: Mayor Lightfoot joins Budget Director Susie Park, CFO Jennie Huang Bennett, and Comptroller Reshma Soni to discuss the pandemic's effect on the City's 2021 Budget Forecast.

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740 N Sedgwick St, Ste 400
Chicago, IL
60654

General information

The Commission investigates discrimination complaints, then if there is substantial evidence of a violation, the Commission conducts an administrative hearing and issues a ruling, which may impose fines, damages, and injunctive relief if a violation was proved. The Commission implements the Hate Crimes Ordinance by monitoring hate crimes in Chicago and aiding victims. Persons who feel they have been discriminated against in Chicago because of membership in one or more of the following 14 "protected classes" may file a complaint with the Commission: Race Ancestry Sex Sexual Orientation Color Gender Identity Age Marital Status Religion Parental Status Disability (Mental or Physical) Military Discharge Status National Origin Source of Income Credit History (Employment Only) A complaint must be filed within 180 days of the alleged discrimination. Prevailing complainants may receive out-of-pocket damages, emotional distress damages, attorney's fees and costs, and in some cases, punitive damages. A respondent found liable must also pay a fine to the City.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(312) 744-4111

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