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  • 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)


  • IDHR Hosts Stage Reading and Discussion"From Slavery to the White House" is a riveting stage play, written by Crystal "Phoenix" Tyler, which takes audience members on a trip down memory land through history.  Join IDHR for a brief stage reading of this play AND a discussion with writer Crystal "Phoenix" Tyler.

    2nd floor, Room 2-025 of the James R. Thompson Center, Wednesday, February 11, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (CST).

    You may bring a brown bag lunch to this location.  This event is free.  See Photos of the event.
    (February 2015)


  • IDHR Director  Rocco Claps receives The Saint Joseph the  Worker AwardBishop Wilkowski selected the Saint Joseph the Worker Award because those chosen to be honored have witnessed the example of Joseph – working for the greater good and doing so with love and humility.  The award was presented to IDHR Director Rocco Claps.
    (November 2014)







  • International Human Rights Day 2014 CELEBRATE International Human Rights Day:   Join the Illinois Department of Human Rights, Tuesday, December 9th from 9:00am to 11:30am, for a FREE screening and facilitated discussion of "Mirrors of Privilege:  Making Whiteness Visible," a film featuring stories of several people seeking to overcome issues of unconscious racism and entitlement in order to bridge the gap between good intentions and meaningful change.
    (December 9, 2014)


  • ICED 2014 Job FairSusan Allen, of the IDHR Springfield office, represented the Department and the Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities (ICED) at a Job Fair and Health and Disabilities Fair sponsored by the Illinois Department of Human Services at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on October 29, 2014 in Springfield.  About 80 agencies and vendors were present, and over 150 people with disabilities attended the event. : Ms. Allen provided information about filing a charge of discrimination with the Department and explained procedures for obtaining a state job.
    (October 29, 2014)
  • IDHR Director Rocco Claps IDHR celebrates the 36th Anniversary of Peace Day at Daley Plaza in Chicago.

    Chicago pioneered the celebration of Peace Day and serves as a model for cities throughout the world.  Four years before the United Nations established the International Day of Peace, Chicago designated an official Peace Day on September 7, 1978.  Chicago is the only major city in the world with a 30+ year history of peacebuilding through annual Peace Day events, and is an official United Nations Peace Messenger city.  The Peace School, the founding organization of Peace Day in Chicago, is a U.N. Peace Messenger organization.  IDHR Director Rocco Claps [pictured above], read the Governor’s Proclamation.

    IDHR celebrates Peace Day

    If there is to be peace in the world,
    There must be peace in the nations.
    If there is to be peace in the nations,
    There must be peace in the cities.
    If there is to be peace in the cities,
    There must be peace between neighbors.
    If there is to be peace between neighbors,
    There must be peace in the home.
    If there is to be peace in the home,
    There must be peace in the heart.
    - Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher

    (September 19, 2014)

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