About the Commission

The Illinois Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes mission is to identify and uproot sources of discrimination and bias at the source, while assisting with the development of resources, training, and information that allow for a swift and efficient response to hate-motivated crimes and incidents. Working with educators throughout Illinois on issues concerning discrimination and hate, the Commission helps ensure that this State’s laws addressing discrimination and hate-related violence are widely known and applied correctly to help eradicate and prevent crimes based on discrimination and intolerance. The Commission also makes recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly for statutory and programmatic changes necessary to eliminate discrimination and hate-based violence. They implement recommendations by working with State agencies, the General Assembly, the business community, social service community and other organizations.
 

The Commission is comprised of three committees:

 A Committee on Legal and Regulatory Environment

The purposes of the Committee include, but are not limited to the following: to help ensure that this State’s laws concerning the reporting of and responses to hate-based crimes and incidents (including extremism) and discrimination are widely known, are effective, and are consistently and timely applied; to identify gaps in law and to make recommendations to the Commission for statutory, regulatory or programmatic changes necessary to identify and eliminate hate-based crimes and incidents (including extremism) and discrimination. The Committee may convene meetings for the purpose of multi-jurisdictional information-sharing and gathering, involving a wide variety of stakeholders, including all levels of law enforcement, community organizations and representatives, officials, and other experts and shall report its findings to the Commission. 

Committee membership includes Chair Jason Rosenweig, Cochair Amy Meek, Commissioner Brendan Kelly, Commissioner LaDon Reynolds, Commissioner Julie Justicz, Commissioner David Goldenberg, Commissioner Cindy Buys, Commissioner Mona Noreiga, and Commissioner Andy Kang. 

A Committee on Root Causes and Responses

The purposes of the Committee include, but are not limited to the following: to identify and address root causes of hate-based crimes and incidents (including extremism) and discrimination; to study the role that individual bias (implicit and explicit), collective bias (hate groups), and discrimination play in contributing to the incidence of same; to identify the continuum of behavior that precedes incidents of the same; and to recommend to the Commission statutory, regulatory or programmatic changes necessary to identify and eliminate hate-based crimes and incidents (including extremism) and discrimination. The Committee may review training programs used by State law enforcement agencies, State agencies, schools, and community actors to eliminate hate-based crime and incidents (including extremism) and discrimination and shall report its findings and recommends to the Commission. 

Committee membership includes Chair Seth Limmer, Cochair Hilda Bahena, Commissioner David Goldneberg, Commissioner Jason Rosenweig, Commissioner Cindy Buys, Commissioner Amy Meek, Commissioner Brendan Kelly, and Commissioner LaDon Reynolds. 

A Committee on Education and Outreach

The purposes of the Committee include, but are not limited to the following: to foster coordination between law enforcement, subject matter experts, and stakeholders at the local, State and federal levels in the reporting, prevention and response to hate-based crimes and incidents (including extremism) and discrimination; to work with educators throughout Illinois on issues concerning the same; and to make recommendations to the Commission for education or outreach necessary to identify and eliminate hate-based crime and incidents (including extremism) and discrimination. The Committee may recommend to the Commission the holding of public hearings and establishment of a diverse Advisory Board of stakeholders and community partners to: provide broad representation of Illinoisans to; inform the work of the Commission; ground the Commission’s work in the current experience of diverse Constituents; and disseminate and advocate for the recommendations and best practices generated by the Commission. 

Committee membership includes Chair Anita Banergi, Cochair Dr. Dilara Sayeeed, Commissioner Melineh Kano, Commissioner Molly Uhe-Edmons, Commissioner Jason Rosenweig, Commissioner Andy Kang, and Commissioner Karen Tamley.