Illinois Department of Human Rights Issues
If you are the victim of discrimination in Illinois you can file a complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights ("IDHR"). The IDHR is mandated by law to complete its' investigation within 365 days of the filing date, unless both parties agree in writing to extend the time. This is a very steep order and it is only going to get worse because the IDHR is going to lay off a good number of investigators due to budget cuts. Generally speaking the IDHR does a great job and they often help case settle quickly. Hopefully these budget cuts won't last. However, the fact that they are laying workers off means you really need an experienced employment attorney to navigate these tricky waters.
My chicago office handles a great deal of discrimination cases with the IDHR especially regarding sexual harassment. There is a very intricate art to dealing with the IDHR especially now that they will be short handed. There is never a charge unless money is recovered so why go it alone? I will continue to keep readers up to date on what is going on with the IDHR and hopefully good news will soon follow.