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Public Act 099-0074





Public Act 099-0074
HB3268 EnrolledLRB099 05861 HEP 29381 b

    AN ACT concerning human rights.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Illinois Human Rights Act is amended by
changing Section 7-101 as follows:
    (775 ILCS 5/7-101)  (from Ch. 68, par. 7-101)
    Sec. 7-101. Powers and Duties. In addition to other powers
and duties prescribed in this Act, the Department shall have
the following powers:
    (A) Rules and Regulations. To adopt, promulgate, amend, and
rescind rules and regulations not inconsistent with the
provisions of this Act pursuant to the Illinois Administrative
Procedure Act.
    (B) Charges. To issue, receive, investigate, conciliate,
settle, and dismiss charges filed in conformity with this Act.
    (C) Compulsory Process. To request subpoenas as it deems
necessary for its investigations.
    (D) Complaints. To file complaints with the Commission in
conformity with this Act.
    (E) Judicial Enforcement. To seek temporary relief and to
enforce orders of the Commission in conformity with this Act.
    (F) Equal Employment Opportunities. To take such action as
may be authorized to provide for equal employment opportunities
and affirmative action.
    (G) Recruitment; Research; Public Communication; Advisory
Councils. To engage in such recruitment, research and public
communication and create such advisory councils as may be
authorized to effectuate the purposes of this Act.
    (H) Coordination with other Federal and Local Agencies. To
coordinate its activities with federal, state, and local
agencies in conformity with this Act.
    (I) Public Grants; Private Gifts. To accept public grants
and private gifts as may be authorized.
    (J) Education and Training. To implement a formal and
unbiased program of education and training for all employees
assigned to investigate and conciliate charges under Articles
7A and 7B. The training program shall include the following:
        (1) substantive and procedural aspects of the
    investigation and conciliation positions;
        (2) current issues in human rights law and practice;
        (3) lectures by specialists in substantive areas
    related to human rights matters;
        (4) orientation to each operational unit of the
    Department and Commission;
        (5) observation of experienced Department
    investigators and attorneys conducting conciliation
    conferences, combined with the opportunity to discuss
    evidence presented and rulings made;
        (6) the use of hypothetical cases requiring the
    Department investigator and conciliation conference
    attorney to issue judgments as a means to evaluating
    knowledge and writing ability;
        (7) writing skills;
        (8) computer skills, including but not limited to word
    processing and document management.
    A formal, unbiased and ongoing professional development
program including, but not limited to, the above-noted areas
shall be implemented to keep Department investigators and
attorneys informed of recent developments and issues and to
assist them in maintaining and enhancing their professional
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 7/20/2015