Department Of Human Rights www.state.il.us/dhr
100 West Randolph, Suite 10-100
Chicago, IL 60601
KEY BUDGET INITIATIVES
• Provide individuals with an avenue for timely
redress from unlawful discrimination.
• Enhance state agencies' compliance with
• Enhance monitoring of public contractor and
eligible bidder compliance with non-discrimination
and AA mandates.
• Increase public awareness and understanding
of citizen's rights and employer liability.
• Formulate laws and improve coordination of
programs to combat discrimination.
• Increase education and outreach on hate
crimes, employment and housing discrimination
and sexual orientation as a basis for
• Pursue additional funding opportunities for
investigation of charges, timely compliance and
other department initiatives.
The Charge Processing program investigates
charges of unlawful discrimination filed under the
Illinois Human Rights Act. The department
encourages, and prior to an investigation offers,
mediation of non-housing charges. If the
department's investigation finds substantial evidence
of discrimination and subsequent conciliation efforts
are unsuccessful, a complaint may be filed with either
the Human Rights Commission (where the case
proceeds to a public hearing) or the appropriate state
circuit court (where the case proceeds to trial).
The Compliance Program monitors public contractors
and eligible bidders for compliance with the
contracting requirements of the Human Rights Act
and EEO/AA programs. The department offers
training and technical assistance to state agencies,
boards, commissions and other public
Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes
The Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes
(CDHC) identifies and responds to incidents of
discrimination and bias in Illinois. The CDHC seeks
to bridge the gap between tolerance and hate by
developing programs that encourage respect among
diverse cultures. The department's Training Institute
is housed within the CDHC. The Training Institute is
responsible for anti-discrimination training programs
for private entities and educating the public on the
disability provisions of the Illinois Human Rights Act.
Program FY 2008 FY 2009 FY 2010 FY 2008 FY 2009 FY 2010
Actual Enacted Recommended Actual Estimated Recommended
Charge Processing 10,466.6 10,518.2 10,097.8 141.0 133.0 138.0
Compliance 818.4 826.1 784.8 6.0 11.0 11.0
Commission of Discrimination and Hate
327.4 327.4 327.4 2.8 2.8 2.8
Administration 890.6 925.5 881.0 8.3 8.3 8.3
Total 12,503.0 12,597.2 12,091.0 158.0 155.0 160.0
Appropriations ($ thousands) Headcount (FTE)
FY 2006 FY 2007 FY 2008 FY 2009 FY 2010
Average time to case resolution (days)a 349.4 357.4 303.6 320.0 320.0
Percentage of state agencies in compl iance with affirmative
84% 89% 74% 75% 75%
Number of persons trained on human rights issues 3,013 6,965 3,377 4,000 4,400
Satisfaction rate of participants trained on human rights
96.0% 95.0% 95.4% 95.0% 95.0%
Performance Metric Actual
a The Human Rights Act provides that the Department has 365 days to complete a case.
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