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  • June is LGBTQ Month!

    June is LGBTQ Month!

    Join us on June 30th for a panel discussion on housing and employment issues faced by Transgender communities.  Be sure to RSVP for this amazing educational opportunity.

    Registration and Resource Room:
        9:00am - 9:30am
    Program: 9:30am - 11am
    Networking: 11am - 12pm

    Channyn Lynne Parker, Chicago House
    Christina Torres, Lambda Legal
    Gretchen Hammond, Windy City Times
    Owen McDaniel-Carter, Illinois Safe Schools Alliance
    (June 30, 2015)

  • Illinois Celebrates LGBT Pride Month

    Illinois Celebrates LGBT Pride Month

    June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, which focuses on commemorating the impact that LGBT individuals have made on history.  Throughout the month, IDHR will be publicly focusing on drawing attention to antidiscrimination laws and the ongoing effort to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

    Learn more about the History of Pride Month and events in and around Chicago.

    Read about a recent $30,000 final order and decision from a sexual orientation discrimination complaint.
    (June 2015)

  • IDHR Celebrates May as Asian American Heritage Month

    IDHR Celebrates May as Asian American Heritage Month May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month - a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.  The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869.  Governor Rauner issued a proclamation in celebration of the diversity in Illinois.
    (May 2015)

  • IDHR Celebrates April as Fair Housing Month IDHR Celebrates April as Fair Housing Month

    Gov. Bruce Rauner has officially proclaimed April as Fair Housing Month, which is dedicated to the anniversary of the passing of the Fair Housing Act (1968) and to recommit to that goal which inspired us in the aftermath of Martin Luther King's 1968 assassination:   to eliminate housing discrimination and create equal opportunity in every community.

    Our Fair Housing Division is dedicated to investigating charges of discrimination involving real estate transactions (rentals, sales, and other transactions) involving residential and commercial real property, as well as conducting education and outreach activities for home seekers, landlords, property owners, advertisers, and community organizations.
    (April 2015)

  • IDHR Investigator Joins Chicago History Museum Panel

    IDHR Investigator Joins Chicago History Museum Panel

    Illinois Department of Human Rights Investigator Susan Heggeland joined Chicago History Museum as they discussed the resilience of LGBTQ veterans before and during the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy for the armed services. The program, "Secret Loves:  Before We Could Ask or Tell" was part of the ongoing OUT at Chicago History Museum series.
    (March 27, 2015)

  • Illinois Department of Human Rights
    Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from 9:00AM to NOON

    Recommended for Managers & Employees - In today's society, it is estimated that 60% of women are the primary or co-breadwinners of their household.  Most women continue after they become pregnant because they need to work and they can work.  Yet expectant women continue to face inequality in the workplace and pregnancy discrimination complaints continue to rise.

    As of January 1, 2015, Illinois law prohibits discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth and medical conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth.  There is also similar protection under federal law.  Compliance with the new law is mandatory and employers need to understand how to comply.
    (March 17, 2015)

  • State to Offer Free Webinars on State Employment for People with Disabilities The Department of Central Management Services and the Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities (ICED) will offer two free webinars on special programs for people with disabilities in regards to state employment.  The webinars are free and open to the public.  Everyone is welcome.  The two webinars are scheduled for March 17th, one in the morning beginning at 10:30 a.m., and the second in the afternoon, beginning at 1:00 p.m.
    (March 17, 2015)

  • IDHR features Merri Dee as guest speaker for Women's History MonthIDHR features Merri Dee as guest speaker for Women's History Month

    Chicago broadcasting legend and beloved media maven Merri Dee will join the Illinois Department of Human Rights as a featured guest speaker in celebration of Women's History Month, March 12th at 12:00 noon.  Join us for a power-hour of inspiration, motivation and celebration as we honor Merri Dee for her many accomplishments.  A special book signing will immediately follow Ms. Dee's presentation.
    (March 12, 2015)

    See Photos from the event.

  • ICED 2015 Awards ProgramThe Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities (ICED) opened the nomination period for its 2015 Awards Program.  Picture here at the 2014 Awards Ceremony are Jaci DeBrun (left), of the Department of Central Management Services' Successful Disability (SD) Opportunities program, and Lieutenant Christy White, Illinois State Police EEO/AA Officer, who was honored for participation in the SD program.  Nominations in the following catefories will be accepted until April 15, 2015: 

    Employee, Agency, Business/Non-Profit,
    Media, Advocate, and Legislator

    Forms can be returned to: 

    Susan Allen
    222 South College, Room 101
    Springfield, Illinois 62704

    OR emailed to Susan Allen OR faxed to Susan Allen at (217) 785-5106. 

    The Awards Ceremony will be held at 2:00 p.m. on May 19, 2015, in the Historic Preservation Agency's Great Room in Springfield.  The event is open to the public.  ICED, co-chaired by Department of Human Rights Acting Director Rocco Claps, and DHS Acting Secretary Melissa A. Wright, serves to promote access, independence, and opportunities for employees with disabilities in Illinois state government.
    (April 2015)

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