Legislation sponsored by State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) which helps to speed up investigations in the Illinois Department of Human Rights, has been given final approval and now heads to the Governor for his approval.
HB3092 removes Verified Response form in DHR investigations which is currently required to be filed by a respondent. According to the IDHR the form has become outdated and often impedes investigations from being conducted in a timely matter.
Verified Response asks the respondent to either agree or disagree with the facts that were given to the department concerning the allegations of discrimination.
The Department contends that a verified response is outdated, no longer needed, can be intimidating and confusing, and hinders the Department’s ability to more quickly investigate allegations of discrimination. In fair housing cases, the Department only has 100 days by law to investigate and if a respondent takes a full 60 days, an investigation may be rushed.