(820 ILCS 35/6) (from Ch. 10, par. 26)
    Sec. 6. Whenever it shall come to the knowledge of the Department of Labor that a strike or lockout is seriously threatened in the State involving an employer and his employes, if he is employing not less than twenty-five persons, the Department shall communicate as soon as may be with such employer or employes, and endeavor by mediation to effect an amicable settlement, or persuade them to submit the matters in dispute to the Department.
(Source: Laws 1943, vol. 1, p. 207.)