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  • IDHR Attorney Carol CeraIDHR Attorney Carol Cera gave a presentation on sexual harassment on August 28, 2014, at the Mexican Consulate in Chicago as part of Labor Rights Week.













  • Women's Equality DayAugust 26th is Women's Equality Day, commemorating the day in 1920 when the 19th Amendment became law and women were finally allowed to vote in the United States.
    (August 26, 2014)












  • Access Living and the Center for Multicultural Communities On August 20th IDHR in partnership with Diversity Inc., Access Living and the Center for Multicultural Communities, conducted the second in a series of seven workshops targeted to the 47 entitlement communities in Illinois.  The workshop series, entitled “Furthering Opportunity: How Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Requirements Affect Your Community and Responsibility under the Fair Housing Act” was attended by local government officials, public housing authorities, housing providers and community groups from the Central Illinois region.  Participants learned about the historical context for Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) legislation, how to foster citizen participation in the planning process, best practices, and how to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing for persons with disabilities.  The workshop was held at Illinois State University’s Bone Student Center in Normal, Illinois.  [Pictured above]  Eugene Dumas, Executive Director of the Center for Multicultural Communities, providing a detailed history on racism throughout the ages.

    Access Living and the Center for Multicultural Communities[Pictured Left]  : Adam Ballard, Advocacy Manager at Access Living, giving recommendations for municipalities on how to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing for persons with disabilities.

    For more information about upcoming dates and locations for the workshop series, please visit IDHR’s Fair Housing for Municipalities webpage.
    (August 20, 2014)


  • IDHR Executive Staffers Attend IAOHRA Conference and EEOC Training ConferenceOn August 10th and 11th, 2014, Deputy Director Bobbie Wanzo (Midwest Regional Representative), attended the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies (IAOHRA) conference.   On August 12th – 14th, 2014, Director Rocco Claps, Deputy Director Bobbie Wanzo, Chief Legal Counsel Lon Meltesen and Charge Processing Manager Brent Harzman, attended the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) training conference.   Both conferences were held at the same venue.   The theme for this year’s IAOHRA conference was “50 Years of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: The Unfinished Agenda”.  

    This year’s Fair Employment Practice Agencies (FEPA) National Training Conference focused on the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which created the EEOC.   Attendance at these conferences was particularly important because of information presented which impact the operations of the Department and the State of Illinois.
    (August 2014)

  • 1964 Civil Rights Act CelebrationToday, July 2, 2014, the 50th anniversary of the signing of The Civil Rights Act of 1964, Director Rocco Claps opened the Freedom Riders exhibit which will be available for viewing on the atrium level of the JRTC.

    The program also included Thomas Madison Armstrong who was a Freedom Rider in the ‘60s.

    Attending the ceremony:  Pictured  (from L to R)    Bill Foster - Congressman (IL-11) Thomas Armstrong - Freedom Rider, Lisa Madigan - Attorney General, Jesse White - Secretary of State, and Rocco Claps - IDHR Director.  View more photos from this event.
    (July 2, 2014)

  • Immigrant Heritage Month We're kicking things off this June with the first ever Immigrant Heritage Month, a nationwide effort to gather and share inspirational stories of immigration in America.

    Immigrants have played a starring role in the history and culture of the United States.  For the month of June, we will focus on telling some of the stories in our own agency.   We start off with our very own Director's story.

    Read other staff members' stories. (June 2014)


  • President of the Union of Comoros IDHR representatives were honored yesterday to meet with Colonel Assoumani Azali, who was the President of the Union of Comoros from 2001 to 2005. Mr. Azali requested the meeting to learn about IDHR and our role in protecting Illinois residents from discrimination by enforcing the Illinois Human Rights Act.

    (Pictured from L to R):  IDHR Chief Legal Counsel - Lon Meltesen, Charge Processing Division Manager - Brent Harzman, Fair Housing Division Manager - Marian Honel, former President of the Union of Comoros - Assoumani Azali, and his son Nour El Fath Azali.
    (May 21, 2014)

  • Asian American Heritage Month The Illinois Department of Human Rights Celebrates Asian Pacific 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.
    (May 2014)
  • ICED_2014_Awards_2014The State of Illinois honored the achievements of those who have done an outstanding job of providing equal opportunity and access to people with disabilities, including the Illinois Tollway and a number of other state agencies that have participated in the Successful Disability Opportunities program.

    The awards were presented by Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) Director Rocco J. Claps, [pictured right], and Illinois Department of Human Services Secretary (IDHS) Michelle R.B. Saddler, [pictured left], at a ceremony of the state’s Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities (ICED). Lisa Williams , Illinois Tollway's EEO/AA Officer, [pictured center], was an award recipient.
    (May 20, 2014)

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