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  1. Article number 1 - IDHR Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
  2. Article number 2 - 2016 Human Rights Advocate Award
  3. Article number 3 - ICED Awards Ceremony
  4. Article number 4 - IDHR Annual Report
  5. Article number 5 - Illinois Scorecard on Discrimination
  •  IDHR Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

    IDHR Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

    ​May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month - a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.  The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869.  The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

  • 2016 Human Rights Advocate Award

    IDHR Director Rocco J. Claps presented the 2016 Human Rights Advocate of the Year Award to Victoria Dawn Benn, Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity EEO/AA Officer, in Springfield, IL on April 21, 2016.  After 30 years of State service in advancing opportunity for women, minorities, and people with disabilities, Ms. Benn is retiring at the end of April 2016.  Henceforth, the award will be named the Victoria Benn Advocate of the Year.

  •  ICED Awards Ceremony

    ICED Awards Ceremony

    ​The Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities (ICED) held its 2016 Awards Program on May 11, 2016 at the Illinois State Library in Springfield.  The ceremony honored the achievements of those who have done an outstanding job of providing equal opportunity and access to people with disabilities.   

    Photos are available for viewing.  

    Read the Press Release and the list of award recipients.

  •  IDHR Annual Report

    IDHR Annual Report

    ​IDHR has published its FY 2015 Annual Report, highlighting the work of the department throughout the previous fiscal year.  The report reflects efforts taken throughout the year to fulfill IDHR's mission to secure for all individuals within Illinois freedom from unlawful discrimination, as well as statewide trends in charges filed with the department.

    Read the Annual Report.

  •  Illinois Scorecard on Discrimination

    Illinois Scorecard on Discrimination

    ​IDHR has publicly released its interim report to Governor Bruce Rauner on a wide-raning study of statewide discrimination patterns and barriers to success.  While this historic study is entering its research phase, we continue to welcome new partners willing to contribute data, resources or perspective to this effort.

    Read the Press Release.

    Read the Interim Report.

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