2010 Illinois Code
CHAPTER 720 CRIMINAL OFFENSES
720 ILCS 590/ Discrimination in Sale of Real Estate Act.

    (720 ILCS 590/0.01) (from Ch. 38, par. 70‑50)
    Sec. 0.01. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Discrimination in Sale of Real Estate Act.
(Source: P.A. 86‑1324.)

    (720 ILCS 590/1) (from Ch. 38, par. 70‑51)
    Sec. 1. Inducements to sell or purchase by reason of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, handicap, or sex ‑ Prohibition of Solicitation.
    It shall be unlawful for any person or corporation knowingly:
    (a) To solicit for sale, lease, listing or purchase any residential real estate within the State of Illinois, on the grounds of loss of value due to the present or prospective entry into the vicinity of the property involved of any person or persons of any particular race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, handicap, or sex.
    (b) To distribute or cause to be distributed, written material or statements designed to induce any owner of residential real estate in the State of Illinois to sell or lease his or her property because of any present or prospective changes in the race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, handicap, or sex, of residents in the vicinity of the property involved.
    (c) To intentionally create alarm, among residents of any community, by transmitting in any manner including a telephone call whether or not conversation thereby ensues, with a design to induce any owner of residential real estate in the State of Illinois to sell or lease his or her property because of any present or prospective entry into the vicinity of the property involved of any person or persons of any particular race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, handicap, or sex.
    (d) To solicit any owner of residential property to sell or list such residential property at any time after such person or corporation has notice that such owner does not desire to sell such residential property. For the purpose of this subsection, notice must be provided as follows:
    (1) The notice may be given by the owner personally or by a third party in the owner's name, either in the form of an individual notice or a list, provided it complies with this subsection.
    (2) Such notice shall be explicit as to whether each owner on the notice seeks to avoid both solicitation for listing and sale, or only for listing, or only for sale, as well as the period of time for which any avoidance is desired. The notice shall be dated and either of the following shall apply: (A) each owner shall have signed the notice or (B) the person or entity preparing the notice shall provide an accompanying affidavit to the effect that all the names on the notice are, in fact, genuine as to the identity of the persons listed and that such persons have requested not to be solicited as indicated.
    (3) The individual notice, or notice in the form of a list with the accompanying affidavit, shall be served personally or by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested.
(Source: P.A. 80‑338; 80‑920; 80‑1364.)

    (720 ILCS 590/2) (from Ch. 38, par. 70‑52)
    Sec. 2. Sentence.
    (a) Any person who violates any provision of this Act commits a Class A misdemeanor, provided that such person has not been convicted of any prior offense under the terms of this Act.
    (b) Any person who violates any provision of this Act after having been previously convicted of an offense under this Section, commits a Class 4 felony.
(Source: P. A. 77‑2642.)

    (720 ILCS 590/3) (from Ch. 38, par. 70‑53)
    Sec. 3. Whenever a person is convicted of any violation of this Act, the clerk of the court shall report such conviction to the Department of Professional Regulation, which shall thereupon revoke any certificate of registration as a real estate broker or real estate salesman held by such person.
(Source: P.A. 85‑1209.)

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