(820 ILCS 219/115)
Abatement of imminent danger.
(a) Whenever the Director determines that an imminent danger exists in the working conditions of any public employee in this State, and that the danger may reasonably be expected to cause death or serious physical harm immediately or before the imminence of the danger can be eliminated through the enforcement procedures otherwise provided by this Act, the Director may file a complaint in the circuit court for appropriate relief, including an order that may require steps to be taken as necessary to abate, avoid, correct, or remove the imminent danger and prohibit the employment or presence of any individual in locations or under conditions where the imminent danger exists, except those individuals whose presence is necessary to abate, avoid, correct, or remove the imminent danger or to maintain the capacity of a continuous process operation to assume normal operations without a complete cessation of operations, or, if a cessation of operations is necessary, to permit the cessation to be accomplished in a safe and orderly manner.
(b) If an inspector concludes that an imminent danger exists in any workplace, the inspector shall promptly inform the affected employees or their authorized representative and the employer of the danger and that the inspector will recommend to the Director that relief be sought as provided in subsection (a).
(c) If the Director arbitrarily or capriciously fails to seek relief under subsection (a) after receiving an inspector's recommendation under subsection (b), an employee who is injured by reason of such failure, or the representative of the employee, may bring an action against the Director in the circuit court for the county in which the imminent danger is alleged to exist or in which the employer has his or her principal office for relief by mandamus to compel the Director to seek relief under subsection (a) and for such further relief as may be appropriate.
(Source: P.A. 98-874, eff. 1-1-15