Chicago Ald. Pat Dowell, chair of the Committee on Human Relations, and colleagues introduced a resolution on May 24 to urge Gov. Bruce Rauner to restore the Illinois State Hate Crimes Commission and for lawmakers to pass House Bill 3711.
HB 3711 strengthens the Illinois Hate Crimes Act by "expanding protections, provides civil enforcement authority to Attorney General, ensures hate crime victims are afforded a civil remedy, and allows for a civil penalty of up to $25,000 for each case to be imposed."
The resolution was recommended at the hate-crime hearing, which Dowell convened on April 26.
The resolution will be heard before the Committee on Human Relations on Monday, June 19, at 10 a.m. in City HallCouncil Chamber. The committee will invite the governor's office and state lawmakers to testify before the City Council and disclose their steps toward seeking protections and remedies for hate-crime victims.