(775 ILCS 5/7-101)
(from Ch. 68, par. 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
(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
(H) Coordination with other 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 competence.
(Source: P.A. 99-74, eff. 7-20-15.)