Back in April, the Cook County Board passed an ordinance which amends the county’s human rights/fair housing law regarding how criminal history can be screened in qualifying applicants for rental housing. 

Michael Scobeyby Mike Scobey, Illinois REALTORS®
Senior Director of Local Advocacy & Global Programs

The amendment requires housing providers to take into account a variety of factors before denying an applicant based on a criminal conviction. A “blanket denial” based on a police record or certain criminal convictions would be prohibited.   

The county board directed the Human Rights Commission to develop rules on how this should be done. Illinois REALTORS® has advocated for a sensible policy which would still allow property owners to screen in a way to ensure the safety of the residents, neighbors and property.   

Check out the August podcast below to learn more about our ongoing advocacy and about the new Rules/Ordinance, which likely will go into effect on January 1, 2020.     

For more information, contact Mike Scobey at 

Why should members engaged in property management should pay close attention to the ordinance?