(775 ILCS 5/7B-102)
(from Ch. 68, par. 7B-102)
(1) Within one year after the date that a civil
rights violation allegedly has been committed or terminated, a charge in writing under oath or affirmation may be filed with the Department by an aggrieved party or issued by the Department itself under the signature of the Director.
(2) The charge shall be in such detail as to
substantially apprise any party properly concerned as to the time, place, and facts surrounding the alleged civil rights violation.
(B) Notice and Response to Charge.
(1) The Department shall serve notice upon the
aggrieved party acknowledging such charge and advising the aggrieved party of the time limits and choice of forums provided under this Act. The Department shall, within 10 days of the date on which the charge was filed or the identification of an additional respondent under paragraph (2) of this subsection, serve on the respondent a copy of the charge along with a notice identifying the alleged civil rights violation and advising the respondent of the procedural rights and obligations of respondents under this Act and may require the respondent to file a response to the allegations contained in the charge. Upon the Department's request, the respondent shall file a response to the charge within 30 days and shall serve a copy of its response on the complainant or his or her representative. Notwithstanding any request from the Department, the respondent may elect to file a response to the charge within 30 days of receipt of notice of the charge, provided the respondent serves a copy of its response on the complainant or his or her representative. All allegations contained in the charge not denied by the respondent within 30 days after the Department's request for a response may be deemed admitted, unless the respondent states that it is without sufficient information to form a belief with respect to such allegation. The Department may issue a notice of default directed to any respondent who fails to file a response to a charge within 30 days of the Department's request, unless the respondent can demonstrate good cause as to why such notice should not issue. The term "good cause" shall be defined by rule promulgated by the Department. Within 10 days of the date he or she receives the respondent's response, the complainant may file his or her reply to said response. If he or she chooses to file a reply, the complainant shall serve a copy of said reply on the respondent or his or her representative. A party may supplement his or her response or reply at any time that the investigation of the charge is pending.
(2) A person who is not named as a respondent in a
charge, but who is identified as a respondent in the course of investigation, may be joined as an additional or substitute respondent upon written notice, under subsection (B), to such person, from the Department. Such notice, in addition to meeting the requirements of subsections (A) and (B), shall explain the basis for the Department's belief that a person to whom the notice is addressed is properly joined as a respondent.
(1) The Department shall conduct a full investigation
of the allegations set forth in the charge and complete such investigation within 100 days after the filing of the charge, unless it is impracticable to do so. The Department's failure to complete the investigation within 100 days after the proper filing of the charge does not deprive the Department of jurisdiction over the charge.
(2) If the Department is unable to complete the
investigation within 100 days after the charge is filed, the Department shall notify the complainant and respondent in writing of the reasons for not doing so.
(3) The Director or his or her designated
representative shall have authority to request any member of the Commission to issue subpoenas to compel the attendance of a witness or the production for examination of any books, records or documents whatsoever.
(4) If any witness whose testimony is required for
any investigation resides outside the State, or through illness or any other good cause as determined by the Director is unable to be interviewed by the investigator or appear at a fact finding conference, his or her testimony or deposition may be taken, within or without the State, in the same manner as provided for in the taking of depositions in civil cases in circuit courts.
(5) Upon reasonable notice to the complainant and the
respondent, the Department shall conduct a fact finding conference, unless prior to 100 days from the date on which the charge was filed, the Director has determined whether there is substantial evidence that the alleged civil rights violation has been committed or the parties voluntarily and in writing agree to waive the fact finding conference. A party's failure to attend the conference without good cause may result in dismissal or default. A notice of dismissal or default shall be issued by the Director and shall notify the relevant party that a request for review may be filed in writing with the Commission within 30 days of receipt of notice of dismissal or default.
(1) Each charge investigated under subsection (C)
shall be the subject of a report to the Director. The report shall be a confidential document subject to review by the Director, authorized Department employees, the parties, and, where indicated by this Act, members of the Commission or their designated hearing officers.
The report shall contain:
(a) the names and dates of contacts with
(b) a summary and the date of correspondence and
other contacts with the aggrieved party and the respondent;
(c) a summary description of other pertinent
(d) a summary of witness statements; and
(e) answers to questionnaires.
A final report under this paragraph may be amended if
additional evidence is later discovered.
(2) Upon review of the report and within 100 days of
the filing of the charge, unless it is impracticable to do so, the Director shall determine whether there is substantial evidence that the alleged civil rights violation has been committed or is about to be committed. If the Director is unable to make the determination within 100 days after the filing of the charge, the Director shall notify the complainant and respondent in writing of the reasons for not doing so. The Director's failure to make the determination within 100 days after the proper filing of the charge does not deprive the Department of jurisdiction over the charge.
(a) If the Director determines that there is no
substantial evidence, the charge shall be dismissed and the aggrieved party notified that he or she may seek review of the dismissal order before the Commission. The aggrieved party shall have 90 days from receipt of notice to file a request for review by the Commission. The Director shall make public disclosure of each such dismissal.
(b) If the Director determines that there is
substantial evidence, he or she shall immediately issue a complaint on behalf of the aggrieved party pursuant to subsection (F).
(1) During the period beginning with the filing of
charge and ending with the filing of a complaint or a dismissal by the Department, the Department shall, to the extent feasible, engage in conciliation with respect to such charge.
When the Department determines that a formal
conciliation conference is feasible, the aggrieved party and respondent shall be notified of the time and place of the conference by registered or certified mail at least 7 days prior thereto and either or both parties shall appear at the conference in person or by attorney.
(2) The place fixed for the conference shall be
within 35 miles of the place where the civil rights violation is alleged to have been committed.
(3) Nothing occurring at the conference shall be made
public or used as evidence in a subsequent proceeding for the purpose of proving a violation under this Act unless the complainant and respondent agree in writing that such disclosure be made.
(4) A conciliation agreement arising out of such
conciliation shall be an agreement between the respondent and the complainant, and shall be subject to approval by the Department and Commission.
(5) A conciliation agreement may provide for binding
arbitration of the dispute arising from the charge. Any such arbitration that results from a conciliation agreement may award appropriate relief, including monetary relief.
(6) Each conciliation agreement shall be made public
unless the complainant and respondent otherwise agree and the Department determines that disclosure is not required to further the purpose of this Act.
(1) When there is a failure to settle or adjust any
charge through a conciliation conference and the charge is not dismissed, the Department shall prepare a written complaint, under oath or affirmation, stating the nature of the civil rights violation and the relief sought on behalf of the aggrieved party. Such complaint shall be based on the final investigation report and need not be limited to the facts or grounds alleged in the charge filed under subsection (A).
(2) The complaint shall be filed with the Commission.
(3) The Department may not issue a complaint under
this Section regarding an alleged civil rights violation after the beginning of the trial of a civil action commenced by the aggrieved party under any State or federal law, seeking relief with respect to that alleged civil rights violation.
(G) Time Limit.
(1) When a charge of a civil rights violation has
been properly filed, the Department, within 100 days thereof, unless it is impracticable to do so, shall either issue and file a complaint in the manner and form set forth in this Section or shall order that no complaint be issued. Any such order shall be duly served upon both the aggrieved party and the respondent. The Department's failure to either issue and file a complaint or order that no complaint be issued within 100 days after the proper filing of the charge does not deprive the Department of jurisdiction over the charge.
(2) The Director shall make available to the
aggrieved party and the respondent, at any time, upon request following completion of the Department's investigation, information derived from an investigation and any final investigative report relating to that investigation.
(H) This amendatory Act of 1995 applies to causes of action filed on or
January 1, 1996.
(I) The changes made to this Section by Public Act 95-243 apply to charges filed on or
after the effective date of those changes.
(J) The changes made to this Section by this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly apply to charges filed on or
after the effective date of those changes.
(Source: P.A. 100-492, eff. 9-8-17; 100-1066, eff. 8-24-18.)