V.I.P. Service Dog Foundation




 White Cane Law of 1969, Chapter 23, Section 775 ILCS 30-1 and 775 ILCS 30-3; Chapter 38, Paragraph 65-1; Human Rights Act, Chapter 68, Paragraph 3-104.1; Illinois Vehicle Code, Chapter 95, Section 625 ILCS5/11-1004.1/2 Illinois statutes guarantee a blind person the legal right to be accompanied by a specially trained dog guide in harness in all public accommodations and on all common carriers. A dog guide user also has a legal right to equal housing accommodation in regard to both rentals and sales. No extra charge can be levied because of the dog's presence, but the dog guide user is liable for any damages the dog might cause to the premises. A blind person also has a legal right to equal employment in the service of the state or in its political subdivisions, and in any other employment supported in whole or part with public funds, unless the physical disability prevents performance of the works involved. Public accommodations include public facilities, hotels, restaurants, stores, places of amusement and resort, and all other places to which the public is invited. (Sect. 775 ILCS 30-3, Chapter 38, Par. 65-1) Common carriers include trains, airplanes, boats, buses, taxis, and all other modes of transportation offered for public use. Common carriers may request identification and may also request muzzling. (Sect. 775 ILCS 30-1) Housing includes all rental property and other real property offered for sale, but there is no requirement that property be modified nor is the owner responsible for providing a higher degree of care than that furnished other persons. (Human Rights Act, Chapter 68, Par. 3-104.1) The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of -way to any blind pedestrian accompanied by a dog guide. (Sect. 625 ICLS 5/11-1004.1-2) Violation: Any person, firm, or corporation or agent thereof who interferes with the above rights is guilty of a Class C misdemeanor and punishable under the appropriate civil or criminal statute. (Chapter 38, par. 65-1)