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Office for Student Conflict Resolution

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Illinois Hate Crime Act

A person commits a hate crime when he/she commits a crime based on the actual or perceived

of another individual or group of individuals.

Offenses often charged as hate crimes include:

Factors that contribute to a crime characterized as bias motivated include:

Criminal Penalties for Committing a Hate Crime

Crimes motivated by hate result in stiffer penalties.

A hate crime is a Class 4 felony which carries a maximum prison sentence of three years, or seven years for a second or subsequent offense. If the judge does not order prison time, the statute requires the offender to serve a minimum of 200 hours of community service.

A hate crime victim can sue offenders in civil court for physical and emotional injuries and punitive damages. The victim may be able to bring a civil lawsuit even if the offender was never charged with a crime.

Federal Hate Crime Legislation

Hate Crime Legislation by State

To compare hate crime statutory provisions by state, visit www.adl.org/99hatecrime/provisions.asp.

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