Landlords Face Civil Suits By Telling Authorities Tenants Are Illegals

From the Adminstration of JB Pritzker:

Illinois Becomes Second State to Enact Immigrant Tenant Protection Act Following Gov. Pritzker Signature

Chicago — Governor JB Pritzker signed the Immigrant Tenant Protection Act into law today, making Illinois the second state in the nation to enact new protections for immigrants who rent property.

“Where you were born has nothing to do with the ability to pay rent on time – which is what the relationship between a landlord and a tenant should really be about,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “I’m proud that in signing this bill, we’re making Illinois the first state in the Midwest to protect our immigrant tenants and give them a little more relief in these tumultuous times. Here in Illinois, we are, and always will be, a welcoming state.”

Under the new law, landlords are prohibited from evicting or retaliating against a tenant based on their citizenship or immigration status. Landlords are also prohibited intimidating tenants by disclosing or threatening to disclose a tenant’s citizenship or immigration status to any person, entity or immigration or law enforcement agency.

If the landlord engages in any prohibited conduct, the tenant may bring a civil action to seek any of the following remedies: actual damages for injury or loss suffered, a civil penalty up to $2,000 for each violation payable to the tenant, reasonable attorney’s fees and other equitable relief as the court may deem appropriate and just.

Senate Bill 1290 takes effect immediately.

“Tenants should feel free to come forward and report these important habitability issues no matter their status,”said Sen. Cristina Castro (D-Elgin). “This was an important piece of legislation that I worked on tirelessly for over a year now. I am glad that it was signed into law today.”

“I am very grateful to Governor Pritzker for being such a steadfast supporter of the immigrant community and signing this bill into law,” said Rep. Theresa Mah (D-Chicago). 

“Immigrant families in my district and all over Illinois deserve to live free of fear of mistreatment, threats, or eviction because of their immigration status. Immigrants are valuable, contributing members of our state and nation and I am proud to serve as a legislator in Illinois because of my colleagues and our governor we are able to pass immigrant-friendly legislation like the Immigrant Tenants Protection Act and make Illinois the most welcoming state in the nation.”

“This legislation protects tenants from unscrupulous landlords who unjustly threaten a renter based their immigration status,” said Sylvia Puente, Executive Director of the Latino Policy Forum. “While we are living in challenging times, Illinois remains a national leader in being a welcoming state. Thank you, Governor, for ensuring that Illinois remains a state where people can feel safe in their homes and a state where we create just laws.”

“This bill provides important protections for renters. One’s immigration status should not be used as a weapon by a landlord,” said Lawrence Benito, CEO and Executive Director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. “We commend the bill sponsors and the Governor for their efforts to protect immigrant communities.”

“Every person in Illinois who rents an apartment has the right to live free from harassment, and to expect that their landlord will provide a well-maintained home but often time for many immigrants that was not their reality,” said Griselda Vega Samuel, Midwest Regional Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. “But after today, with Governor Pritzker signing the Immigrant Tenant Protection Act, that will be a reality for all Illinoisans, regardless of immigration status.  MALDEF thanks the Governor for continuing to protect the most vulnerable communities and look forward to continuing to ensure all Latino and immigrant communities live free of fear and intimidation.”


Landlords Face Civil Suits By Telling Authorities Tenants Are Illegals — 13 Comments

  1. Way ahead of these Democrat f’wits.

    Have sold off 7 rental props since 2011, with only 3 to go!

    I started getting out of Illinois before it became cool.

  2. An Illinois judge might be wacky enough to uphold this law, but it will get tossed really quickly if it’s ever challenged in a Federal court.

    The State of Illinois does not have the power to punish private individuals for cooperating with the Feds.

  3. The header should read:

    Illinois Becomes Second State to Enact Illegal Immigrant Tenant Protection Act

  4. Civil war inching closer and closer.

    Go ahead, start taking people’s property to cow them.

    They did that in Germany ……… the 1920’s! Leading to ……… in the 1930’s.

  5. Make the call one of the ” anonymous ” variety.

    Hello 1-800-TRUMP, I have several Illegal Mexicans here right now.

    Send ICE quickly before the place is infested with disease and other assorted illegals.

  6. I think it was 7-8 years ago there was a 2 story house that had 26 illegals living in it on 3 Oaks road in Crystal Lake.

    Great for keeping the neighborhood clean and safe property values up.

  7. This Act by the Democrat governor is probably in violation of federal law which makes it a crime to give harbor and sanctuary to those persons who are in our Nation illegally. It would be desirable for the U.S. Justice Department to start prosecuting every elected government official, governor or mayor, who by their Acts or statements protect those in our Nation who are here illegally.

    Would be interesting to see a case where a landlord turns in an illegal alien to ICE and the Governor tries to prosecute not the illegal, but the landlord. How crazy have mostly Democrat leaders become whereby they are protecting illegal actions and activities and are prosecuting law abiding citizens such as landlords. Really have to be a fool, moron, low information, ignorant or useful idiot to vote for most any Democrat. Democrats by their words and actions apparently want to destroy our Nation.

  8. As i read the article, it doesn’t say you can’t turn them in to the feds.

    The article says you can’t use that as intimidation or as a threat.

    There is a difference.

  9. Pokorny justifies the unjustifiable.

    Illegals should be here to rent!

    What about that statement don’t you get?

  10. Democrat Governor JB Pritzker signed Senate Bill 1290 (SB 1290) into law as Public Act 101-0439 (PA 101-0439) on August 21, 2019.


    NBC 5 Chicago

    August 21, 2019

    “The move makes Illinois the second state after to California to have such a law.”

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