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Human Rights? Not in Illinois – The system is broke!

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On November 30, 2015

Illinois (ECWd) –
In Illinois we have what is called the Department of Human Rights which is governed by the Human Rights Act.

“Freedom from Unlawful Discrimination. To secure for all individuals within Illinois the freedom from discrimination against any individual because of his or her race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, order of protection status, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or unfavorable discharge from military service in connection with employment, real estate transactions, access to financial credit, and the availability of public accommodations.” (Statute Link)

How were numerous Human Rights complaints handled? 

  • falsely representing in the internal DHR database that extensions had been agreed to by both parties when they had not been so agreed to by the parties;”
  • “falsely creating or altering DHR extension forms by superimposing complainant or respondent signatures on extension forms, among other ways.”

Those words, ‘falsely’, ‘created’, ‘altering’ are all key words that constitute forgery, which is a felony in this state.

“In other words, the very persons Department of Human Rights (DHR) hired to investigate claims of unlawful discrimination themselves engaged in misconduct. In addition, an OEIG review of at least one investigative file each of the four DHR investigators worked on-to determine what activity, if any, each performed after they obtained a falsified extension-reflected that they each performed little to no investigative activity for periods of anywhere from 180 to 690 days, or 6 to 23 months, on the investigative files the OEIG reviewed.”

I find it interesting that the Office of Executive Inspector General refers to forgery as ‘misconduct’ and not the criminal act that it is.

“Finally, the OEIG recognizes that some DHR investigators may believe that requiring them to conduct adequate investigations may be an unfair labor practice and may file a grievance with their union.”

Yes, now those in charge of the states Human Rights division believe conducting an adequate investigation may be an unfair labor practice and bring a union grievance, thus the people of this state pay the price!

And we wonder why the people have lost all trust in their our Government?

“Both complainants and respondents to a discrimination complaint filed with DHR deserve far better than what OEIG investigators discovered in DHR’s Charge Processing Division.”

And the people of this state deserve to see prosecutions of crimes like those listed in this OEIG report!

“We are dedicated to delivering quality service to the people of Illinois with integrity, honesty and respect.”

Another fine example of actions speaking louder than words!

How can the Attorney General NOT prosecute this type of activity when admissions are involved?

“When DHR officials asked Mr. Venton about the alleged falsified extension, he admitted to forging one extension and making a false AS/400 entry. DHR investigator Derrick Venton then resigned.”

“Complainant [in 2010 CN 2598} did not sign the 180-day extension, which is located in the file 201 OCN2598. Due to the pressures of the job, I took complainant’s signature from another document and superimposed it on the signature line of the extension. I did the same with Complainant’s printed name. I then falsely entered the extension into the AS/400 system. When I told  the Respondent’s attorney in August 2011 that there was a 180-day extension, that was not true. I then faxed the fabricated extension to Respondent’s attorney. This is the only case where I fabricated an extension.”

And what does the OEIG do once again when crimes are identified?

“The OEIG recommends that DHR place a copy of this report in the files of Ms. Gordon, Mr. Venton, Ms. Parker and Mr. Reed as none of these four DHR investigators is still employed by the State.”

This is just one of many OEIG investigations that identify criminal acts  by state employees  that end up with nothing more than the report placed in their employment file.

CAUTION: Reading this report will boil your blood!

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2 Comments
  • Dave
    Posted at 11:33h, 30 November

    More proof government is little more than organized crime!

  • Dave
    Posted at 11:37h, 30 November

    Great work watchdogs! Falsifying records seems to be s.o.p. for Illinois government

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