The Illinois legislature has unanimously passed an amendment to the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) clarifying the meaning of “race” discrimination under the law. The amendment, known as the “CROWN Act,” or the “Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair Act”, will update the definition of “race” under the IHRA so that “race” will include traits associated with race, including but not limited to hair texture and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks and twists.” Once signed into law as expected by Governor JB Pritzker, Illinois will become the 13th state in the Union to adopt a CROWN Act of some sort, joining the states of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington. Similar legislation, also known as the CROWN (H.R. 2116), is pending in the U.S. Senate, having passed the House of Representatives with support from the White House.