(775 ILCS 5/8-102)
(from Ch. 68, par. 8-102)
Powers and Duties.
In addition to the other powers
and duties prescribed in this Act, the Commission shall have the following
powers and duties:
(A) Meetings. To meet and function at any place within the State.
(B) Offices. To establish and maintain offices in Springfield and Chicago.
(C) Employees. To select and fix the compensation of such technical
advisors and employees as it may deem necessary pursuant to the provisions
of "The Personnel Code".
(D) Hearing Officers. To select and fix the compensation of hearing
officers who shall be attorneys duly licensed to practice law in this State
and full time employees of the Commission.
A formal and unbiased training program for hearing officers shall be
implemented. The training program shall include the following:
(1) substantive and procedural aspects of the hearing
(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 hearing officers
conducting hearings of cases, combined with the opportunity to discuss evidence presented and rulings made;
(6) the use of hypothetical cases requiring the
hearing officer 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 hearing officers informed of recent developments and issues and to
assist them in maintaining and enhancing their professional competence.
(E) 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.
(F) Compulsory Process. To issue and authorize requests for enforcement
of subpoenas and other compulsory process established by this Act.
(G) Decisions. Through a panel of three members designated by the
Chairperson on a random basis, to hear and decide by majority vote complaints filed in conformity with this Act and to approve
(H) Rehearings. To order, by a vote of 6 members, rehearing of its
decisions by the entire Commission in conformity with this Act.
(I) Judicial Enforcement. To authorize requests for judicial enforcement
of its orders in conformity with this Act.
(J) Opinions. To publish its decisions in timely fashion to assure a
consistent source of precedent.
(K) Public Grants; Private Gifts. To accept public grants and private
gifts as may be authorized.
(L) Interpreters. To appoint at the expense of the Commission a qualified
sign language interpreter whenever a hearing impaired person is a party or
witness at a public hearing.
(M) Automated Processing Plan. To prepare an electronic data processing
and telecommunications plan jointly with the Department in accordance with
(N) The provisions of this amendatory Act of 1995 amending subsection (G)
of this Section apply to causes of action filed on or after January 1, 1996.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)