Good news: The bill to create statewide source of income (SOI) fair housing protections, HB 2775, has been assigned to the Senate Executive Committee for a hearing on Wednesday, March 30 at 2:00 p.m.

This legislation will create statewide anti-discrimination housing protections in Illinois by making it illegal for landlords to refuse to rent to individuals or families solely for using public benefits, including rental subsidies, or other legal, non-wage income, such as social security, to pay for rent.

After many years of effort and multiple campaigns, this is the closest we’ve gotten to passing statewide source of income protections in Illinois.

While the support has been strong, the next step is to demonstrate that there are hundreds of proponents of the bill and get it over the finish line.

File a Witness Slip Now

Please show your support by filing an online witness slip as a PROPONENT of HB 2775 at https://bit.ly/ILSOIYES.

Tips on filling out the online witness slip:

1. If you can slip on behalf of your organization, include your organization name under “Representation”; if you don’t fill out this part, the slip will be interpreted as an on behalf of an individual; if you are filing as an individual, just put “Self” under “Representation.”

2. Select “Position” as “Proponent.” Double check to make sure you clicked the correct box!

3. Under “Testimony” select “Record of Appearance Only.”

4. Agree to the “Terms of Agreement” and click on the “Create(Slip)” button.

You’ll receive a copy of your witness slip via email. If you create an account on my.ilga.gov you can manage/edit your witness slips.

Housing Action Illinois is a member of the Illinois Coalition for Fair Housing, a group of organizations working together to pass state legislation to establish protections against SOI discrimination. Learn more and get involved here »