Senate Bill 1547 passed the Illinois General Assembly over the weekend. This bill will create a critical protection by preventing local governments from enacting or enforcing ordinances that punish tenants or landlords for calling the police in response to domestic or sexual violence.
At least 35 Illinois municipalities have previously enacted ordinances that penalize residents or landlords when police are called to their property. Treating police calls as a “nuisance” sends a victim-blaming message to survivors of domestic violence and discourages them from seeking help. These ordinances can also discourage people with disabilities from seeking necessary mental health or emergency services, including for suicide prevention.
The bill was voted unanimously out of both chambers, with the support of 80 organizations throughout the State, and is now onto the governor’s desk. We thank Senator Toi Hutchinson and Representative Anthony DeLuca for their work carrying SB 1547 through the State House.
We are so grateful to all the groups who led this effort in addition to Open Communities: the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence, ACLU of Illinois, Access Living, and Housing Action Illinois.
To learn more about this bill, read the fact sheet.