Recognizing the need to combat the effects of bias and bigotry throughout Cook County, the Cook County Board of Commissioners adopted the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance on March 16, 1993. The Ordinance is designed to protect all people who live and work in the county from discrimination and sexual harassment in employment, public accommodations, housing, credit transactions, county services and county contracting. The ordinance prohibits these forms of discrimination when they are based upon a person’s race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, military discharge status, source of income, housing status, or gender identity.
On May 8, 2013, the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to end the exclusion of Housing Choice Voucher holders from source of income protections in this ordinance. LCBH and other housing advocates have been fighting for this amendment for almost 10 years.
About the Cook County Human Rights Commission