It’s a horrifying scenario: you get assaulted. You call 911 for help. Then you get evicted because you called the police for help. This is very real for many people living across the state.
So-called “crime-free housing” or “nuisance” property ordinances often penalize tenants and landlords when police are called in response to alleged criminal activity at a property. A new Illinois law aims to protect victims of crime from the harms of these ordinances. The new law removes the threat of punishment and bars local governments from enacting or enforcing ordinances that punish tenants or landlords for calls to police in response to incidents of domestic or sexual violence or on behalf of a person with disabilities.

In advance of November 19, when the new law officially goes into effect, the ACLU of Illinois found more than 100 municipalities that have “crime-free housing” or “nuisance” property ordinances on the books. The ACLU (along with its partner, the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law) sent letters to more than 40 of those municipalities whose ordinances, as written, are most clearly in violation of the new law. We intend to monitor these municipalities for possible future legal action.

If you are a resident of one of the municipalities below whose ordinance violates the new state law, you can take action.

Tell your local officials: “I am not a nuisance!” Ask them to repeal any ordinance provisions that punish tenants and landlords for calling the police.

Look up your city/town below and click on the name of the person to send an email:

  Addison Mayor Rich Veenstra 1 Friendship Plaza, Addison, IL 60101
  Alton Mayor Brant Walker 101 E Third Street, Alton, IL 62002
  Batavia Mayor Jeffery D. Schielke 100 North Island Avenue, Batavia, IL 60510
  Bellwood Mayor Frank A. Pasquale 3200 Washington Boulevard, Bellwood, IL 60104
  Bolingbrook Mayor Roger C. Claar 375 West Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook, IL 60440
  Calumet City Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush 204 Pulaski Road, Calumet City, IL 60409
  Carol Stream Mayor Frank Saverino 500 North Gary Avenue, Carol Stream, IL 60188
  Champaign Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen 102 N. Neil Street, Champaign, IL 61820
  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel 121 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago,IL 60602
  Chicago Heights Mayor David A. Gonzalez 1601 Chicago Road, Chicago Heights, IL 60411
  Chicago Ridge Mayor Charles E. Tokar 10455 S. Ridgeland Ave, Chicago Ridge, IL 60415
  Columbia Mayor Kevin Hutchinson 208 South Rapp, Columbia, IL 62236
  Country Club Hills Mayor James W. Ford 4200 West Main Street, Country Club Hills, IL 60478
  Des Plaines Mayor Matthew Bogusz 1420 Miner Street, Des Plaines, IL 60016
  Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig B. Johnson 901 Wellington Avenue, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
  Fairview Heights Mayor Mark T. Kupsky 10025 Bunkum Rd, Fairview Heights, IL 62208
  Ford Heights Mayor Charles Griffin 1343 Ellis Avenue, Ford Heights, IL 60411
  Glendale Heights Village President Linda Jackson 300 Civic Center Plaza, Glendale Heights, IL 60139
  Hazel Crest Village President Vernard Alsberry Jr. 3000 W. 170th Place, Hazel Crest, IL 60429
  Herscher Village President Ray Schneider 272 E Second St., Herscher, IL 60941
  Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk 150 West Jefferson Street, Joliet, IL 60432
  Lansing Mayor Norman Abbott 3141 Ridge Road, Lansing, IL 60438
  Midlothian Village President Sharon Rybak 14801 S. Pulaski Rd., Midlothian, IL 60445
  North Riverside Village President Hubert E. Hermanek Jr. 2401 S. DesPlaines Avenue, North Riverside, IL 60546
  Northlake Mayor Jeffrey Sherwin 55 E. North Ave, Northlake, IL 60164
  Oak Lawn Village President Sandra Bury 9446 S Raymond Ave., Oak Lawn, IL 60453
  O'Fallon Mayor Gary L. Graham 255 S. Lincoln Ave, O'Fallon, IL 62269
  Orland Park Village President Daniel J. McLaughlin 14700 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, IL 60462
  Palatine Mayor Jim Schwantz 150 West Wilson Street, Palatine, IL 60067
  Park City Mayor Steve Pannell 3355 Belvidere Rd., Park City, IL 60085
  Pekin Mayor John McCabe 111 S. Capitol St., Pekin, IL 61554
  Peru Mayor Scott J. Harl 1901 4th Street, Peru, IL 61354
  Phoenix Mayor Terry Wells 633 East 151st Street, Phoenix, IL 60426
  Richton Park Village President Richard Reinbold 4455 W. Sauk Trail, Richton Park, IL 60471
  Riverdale Mayor Lawrence L. Jackson 157 W. 144th Street, Riverdale, IL 60827
  Rock Island Mayor Dennis E. Pauley 1528 Third Avenue, Rock Island, IL 61201
  Round Lake Heights Mayor Terrance Lumpkins 619 W. Pontiac Ct., Round Lake Heights, IL 60073
  Schaumburg Village President Al Larson 101 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg, IL 60193
  Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen 5127 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077
  Thornton Village President Robert R. Kolosh 115 East Margaret St, Thornton, IL 60476
  Tinley Park Acting Mayor David G. Seaman 16250 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park, IL 60477
  Urbana Mayor Laurel Lunt Prussing 400 South Vine Street, Urbana, IL 81801
  Villa Park Village President Deborah Bullwinkel 20 S. Ardmore Ave., Villa Park, IL 60181
  West Chicago Mayor Ruben Pineda 475 Main St, West Chicago, IL 60185