Code of Ordinances

of Union County, Illinois.

Ordinance Chapter: Article III - Fair Housing Code

Any per­son con­vict­ed of vio­lat­ing any of the pro­vi­sions of this Code shall be pun­ished by a fine of not less than One Hun­dred Dol­lars ($100.00) nor more than One Thou­sand Dol­lars ($1,000.00).  Each day a vio­la­tion con­tin­ues shall con­sti­tute a sep­a­rate vio­la­tion.  This Sec­tion shall in no way abro­gate or impair the right of the Coun­ty to specif­i­cal­ly enforce, by any legal means, any of the pro­vi­sions of this Code.

It shall be an unlaw­ful for any own­er of real estate, lessee, sub-lessee, real estate bro­ker or sales­man, finan­cial insti­tu­tion or employ­ee of the finan­cial insti­tu­tion, adver­tis­er, or agent of any or all of the fore­go­ing, to dis­crim­i­nate against any per­son or per­sons because of their race, col­or, reli­gion, nation­al ori­gin or ances­try, sex, creed, or dis­abil­i­ty with regard to the sale, exchange or rental, or any deal­ing con­cern­ing any hous­ing accom­mo­da­tion and/or real property.

In addi­tion to the fore­go­ing, it shall also be unlaw­ful for any real estate bro­ker or employ­ee there­of, own­er or oth­er per­son, or finan­cial insti­tu­tion deal­ing with hous­ing or real prop­er­ty of the County:

(A) To dis­crim­i­nate against any per­son in the avail­abil­i­ty of or the price, terms, con­di­tions, or priv­i­leges of any kind relat­ing to the sale, rental, lease, or occu­pan­cy of any hous­ing accom­mo­da­tion or real prop­er­ty in the Coun­ty or in fur­nish­ing of any facil­i­ties or ser­vices in con­nec­tion therewith.

(B) To pub­lish or cir­cu­late, or cause to be pub­lished or cir­cu­lat­ed, any notice, state­ment or adver­tise­ment, or to announce a pol­i­cy, or to use any form of appli­ca­tion, for the pur­chase, lease, rental or financ­ing of real prop­er­ty, or to make any record of inquiry in con­nec­tion with the prospec­tive pur­chase, rental or lease of such real estate, which express­es direct­ly or indi­rect­ly any dis­crim­i­na­tion as to race, col­or, reli­gion, nation­al ori­gin or ances­try, sex, creed or dis­abil­i­ty of any person.

(C) To dis­crim­i­nate in con­nec­tion with lend­ing mon­ey, guar­an­tee­ing loans, accept­ing mort­gages or oth­er­wise obtain­ing or mak­ing avail­able funds for the pur­chase, acqui­si­tion, con­struc­tion, reha­bil­i­ta­tion, repair or main­te­nance of any hous­ing accom­mo­da­tion and/or real property.

(D) To solic­it for sale, lease, or list­ing for the sale or lease, of any hous­ing accom­mo­da­tion and/or real prop­er­ty on the grounds of loss of val­ue because of the present or prospec­tive entry into any neigh­bor­hood of any per­son or per­sons of any par­tic­u­lar race, col­or, reli­gion, nation­al ori­gin or ances­try, sex, creed, or disability.

(E) To dis­trib­ute or cause to be dis­trib­uted, writ­ten mate­r­i­al or state­ments designed to induce any own­er of any hous­ing accom­mo­da­tion and/or real prop­er­ty to sell or lease his or her prop­er­ty because of any present or prospec­tive change in the race, col­or, reli­gion, nation­al ori­gin or ances­try, sex, creed, or dis­abil­i­ty of per­sons in the neighborhood.

(F) To make any mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tions con­cern­ing the list­ing for sale or the antic­i­pat­ed list­ing for sale or the sale of any hous­ing accom­mo­da­tion and/or real prop­er­ty for the pur­pose of induc­ing or attempt­ing to induce the sale or list­ing for sale of any hous­ing accom­mo­da­tion and/or real prop­er­ty by rep­re­sent­ing that the pres­ence or antic­i­pat­ed pres­ence of per­sons of any par­tic­u­lar race, col­or, reli­gion, nation­al ori­gin or ances­try, sex, creed, or dis­abil­i­ty in the area will or may result in the low­er­ing of prop­er­ty val­ues in the block, neigh­bor­hood or area in which the prop­er­ty is located.

(G) For an own­er to solic­it any real estate bro­ker to sell, rent or oth­er­wise deal with such owner’s hous­ing accom­mo­da­tions and/or real prop­er­ty with any lim­i­ta­tion on its sale based on race, col­or, reli­gion, nation­al ori­gin or ances­try, sex, creed or disability.

(H) For an own­er to refuse to sell, rent, or oth­er­wise deal with any hous­ing accom­mo­da­tion and/or real prop­er­ty because of race, col­or, reli­gion, nation­al ori­gin or ances­try, sex, creed, or dis­abil­i­ty of the pro­posed buy­er or tenant.

Unless a dif­fer­ent mean­ing clear­ly appears from the con­text, the fol­low­ing terms shall have the mean­ing as described in this Sec­tion and as used in this Code:

(A) “Decent, San­i­tary, Health­ful Stan­dard Liv­ing Quar­ters”.  “Decent, san­i­tary, health­ful stan­dard liv­ing quar­ters” is hous­ing which is in sound, clean, and weath­er tight con­di­tion in con­for­mance with applic­a­ble local, state, and nation­al codes.

(B) “Dis­crim­i­nate”.  The terms “dis­crim­i­nate” or “dis­crim­i­na­tion” mean any dif­fer­ence expressed in any way toward a per­son or per­sons in the terms of the sale, exchange, lease, rental or financ­ing for hous­ing accom­mo­da­tion and/or real prop­er­ty in regard to such sale, exchange, rental, lease or finance because of race, col­or, reli­gion, nation­al ori­gin or ances­try, sex, creed, or dis­abil­i­ty of such person.

(C) “Finan­cial Insti­tu­tion”.  The term “finan­cial insti­tu­tion” means any per­son, insti­tu­tion or busi­ness enti­ty of any kind which loans mon­ey to per­sons and receives as secu­ri­ty for said loans a secured inter­est of any kind in the real prop­er­ty of the borrower.

(D) “Hous­ing Accom­mo­da­tion”.  The term “hous­ing accom­mo­da­tion” includes any build­ing, struc­ture, or por­tion there­of which is used or occu­pied, main­tained, arranged or designed to be used or occu­pied as a home, res­i­dence or sleep­ing place of one (1) or more human beings, or any real estate so used, designed or intend­ed for such use.

(E) “Own­er”.  An “own­er” means any person/persons who hold legal or equi­table title to, or own any ben­e­fi­cial inter­est in any real prop­er­ty or who hold legal or equi­table title to shares of, or hold any ben­e­fi­cial inter­est in any real estate coop­er­a­tive which owns any real prop­er­ty and/or hous­ing accommodations.

(F) “Real Estate Bro­ker”.  The term “real estate bro­ker” means any per­son, part­ner­ship, asso­ci­a­tion, cor­po­ra­tion and/or agent there­of, who for a fee or oth­er valu­able con­sid­er­a­tion offers, sells, pur­chas­es, exchanges or rents, or nego­ti­ates for the sale, pur­chase, exchange or rental of a hous­ing accom­mo­da­tion and/or real prop­er­ty of anoth­er, or col­lects rental for the use of hous­ing accom­mo­da­tion and/or real prop­er­ty of another.

(G) “Real Prop­er­ty”. The term “real prop­er­ty” means any real estate, vacant land, build­ing, struc­ture or hous­ing accom­mo­da­tions with­in the cor­po­rate lim­its of the County.

(A) In fur­ther­ing the pol­i­cy of the State of Illi­nois as expressed in its Con­sti­tu­tion and oth­er laws; in order that the safe­ty and gen­er­al wel­fare, peace and health of all the inhab­i­tants of the Coun­ty may be ensured, it is here­by declared the pol­i­cy of the Coun­ty to assure equal oppor­tu­ni­ty to all res­i­dents, regard­less of race, col­or, reli­gion, nation­al ori­gin or ances­try, sex, creed, or phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ty to live in decent, san­i­tary, health­ful, stan­dard liv­ing quarters.

(B)  It is the pol­i­cy of the Coun­ty that no own­er, lessee, sub-lessee, assignee, man­ag­ing agent, or oth­er per­son, firm or cor­po­ra­tion hav­ing the right to sell, rent, lease (or oth­er­wise con­trol) any hous­ing accom­mo­da­tion and/or real prop­er­ty with­in the Coun­ty, or any agent of these shall refuse to sell, rent, lease, or oth­er­wise deny to or with­hold from any per­son or group of per­sons such hous­ing accom­mo­da­tions and/or real prop­er­ty because of race, col­or, reli­gion, nation­al ori­gin or ances­try, sex, creed, or dis­abil­i­ty of such per­son or per­sons or dis­crim­i­nate against any per­son or per­sons because of race, col­or, reli­gion, nation­al ori­gin or ances­try, sex, creed, or dis­abil­i­ty in the con­di­tions, terms, priv­i­leges of the sale, rental or lease of any hous­ing accom­mo­da­tion and/or real prop­er­ty or in the fur­nish­ing of facil­i­ties and/or ser­vices in con­nec­tion therewith.

(C) Relo­ca­tion shall be car­ried out in a man­ner that will pro­mote max­i­mum choice with­in the community’s total hous­ing sup­ply; lessen racial, eth­nic, and eco­nom­ic con­cen­tra­tions; and facil­i­tate deseg­re­ga­tion and racial­ly inclu­sive pat­terns of occu­pan­cy and use of pub­lic and pri­vate facilities.