(775 ILCS 5/2-107)
Hotline to Report Sexual Harassment.
(a) The Department shall, no later than 3 months after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly, establish and maintain a sexual harassment hotline. The Department shall help persons who contact the Department through the hotline find necessary resources, including counseling services, and assist in the filing of sexual harassment complaints with the Department or other applicable agencies. The Department may recommend individual seek private counsel, but shall not make recommendations for legal representation. The hotline shall provide the means through which persons may anonymously report sexual harassment in both private and public places of employment. In the case of a report of sexual harassment by a person subject to Article 20 or 25 of the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, the Department shall, with the permission of the reporting individual, report the allegations to the Executive Inspector General or Legislative Inspector General for further investigation.
(b) The Department shall advertise the hotline on its website and in materials related to sexual harassment, including posters made available to the public, and encourage reporting by both those who are subject to sexual harassment and those who have witnessed it.
(c) All communications received by the Department via the hotline or Internet communication shall remain confidential and shall be exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.
(d) As used in this Section, "hotline" means a toll-free telephone with voicemail capabilities and an Internet website through which persons may report instances of sexual harassment.
(Source: P.A. 100-554, eff. 11-16-17.)