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  1. Article number 1 - Thank You, Veterans!
  2. Article number 2 - LGBT Legacy Wall Debuts in Springfield
  3. Article number 3 - IDHR Manager Receives Diversity Award
  4. Article number 4 - IDHR Joins Workers' Rights Panel at IAHSE
  5. Article number 5 - Disability Job Resource Fair
  •  Happy Veterans Day!

    Thank You, Veterans!

    ​The Illinois Department of Human Rights is thankful for the sacrifices and commitment of countless veterans that have served us all.  IDHR is also dedicated to ending discrimination based on military status, which is forbbidden under the Human Rights Act.  

    Pictured:  Director Rocco Claps joins IDHR veteran staffers in our Chicago office in recognition of Veteran's Day.

  •  LGBT Legacy Wall Debuts in Springfield

    LGBT Legacy Wall Debuts in Springfield

    ​IDHR joined state and local partners to host the Legacy Wall throughout October at the State Library in Springfield. This interactive LGBT history exhibit will remain on tour throughout the state, including a weeklong visit to the James R. Thompson Center in January.

    The Springfield debut was featured in several media outlets, including NPR, and a video from The Legacy Project.

  •  IDHR Manager Receives Diversity Award

    IDHR Manager Receives Diversity Award

    ​IDHR's Fair Housing Division Manager, Marian Honel, was honored by Diversity, Inc. for her commitment to diversity in both her personal and professional life. The awards ceremony recognized Marian's "lifetime dedication to fostering understanding among diverse people and protecting human rights."

    Pictured (L to R): Sam Balark, Director, External Affairs, AT&T; Marian Honel, IDHR award recipient; and Bonita Parker, ComEd.

  •  IDHR Joins Workers' Rights Panel at IAHSE

    IDHR Joins Workers' Rights Panel at IAHSE

    ​In commemoration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, IDHR participated in an afternoon workshop entitled "Rights in the Workplace" at the annual conference of the Illinois Association of Hispanic State Employees.

    Picture (L to R): IDHR Staff Attorney Tomas Ramirez, IDHR Chief Legal Counsel Ngozi Okorafor, and AFSCME Representative Tracey Abman.

  • Disability Job Resource Fair

    ​Susan Allen, IDHR Liaison and ADA Coordinator in the Springfield office, represented the agency at a Disability Job and Resource Fair in October.  Nearly 200 employers and service providers presented information about their opportunities and programs to over 200 people with disabilities, their families, and advocates.

    Applicants with disabilities should consider the State's successful Disabilities Program as a resource.

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