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Human Relations Commission

Meetings

  • 6:30 p.m.
  • First Tuesday of each month
  • Second Floor Conference Room, South Wing

Members
  • Bill Williamson,Chairperson  
  • Rich Jacobs (2013 - 2018)
  • Elisa Lara (2014 - 2017)
  • Sean Stegall, Ex Officio
  • Danise Habun (2013 - 2018)
  • Winfried Cooper (2015 - 2018)
  • Aloun Khotisene (2013 - 2018)
  • Vacancy
  • Chief Jeffrey Swoboda, Ex Officio  

Overview
The Human Relations Commission consists of up to seven members appointed by the City Council for three year terms.

Interested persons are encouraged to submit an application.  A link to the application can be found here

For further information about being considered for a position on this commission please email the city clerk's office or call the city clerk's office at (847) 931-5660.

Powers & Duties
The Elgin Human Relations Commission offers community education programs and sponsors a number of public events related to its mission and charter. The purpose of the public events is to foster harmony among the many diverse groups that make up Elgin, create opportunities for residents to learn their housing and employment rights and to effectively offer a clear channel of redress in warranted situations.

 

The Human Relations Commission advises and consults with city officials and appropriate staff or other city boards / commissions, on all matters involving prejudices or discrimination and recommends such corrective or legislative actions as it may deem appropriate.

The Human Relations Commission investigates complaints of discrimination, tensions and acts of prejudice and seeks to resolve such matters through consultation, advice and conciliation.

The Human Relations Commission reviews of the equal opportunity policies of City contractors who employ over five persons and have a non-sole source contract awarded by the City Council.

Human Relations Commission Agendas

Community Assistance
Please complete the appropriate form below if you feel you have been discriminated against in employment, housing or public accommodation.  You must be an Elgin resident and the act must have taken place within the city of Elgin.

Employment Complaint Form

Housing Complaint Form

Public Accommodation Complaint Form

Sponsorships
The Human Relations Commission has limited funds available to sponsor events and organizations that further its mandate.  Click here for sponsorship guidelines and procedures.

Diversity and Inclusion
One of the City Council's strategic priorities is creation and sustaining of a diverse workforce and vendor community.  A Diversity Team, made up of city staff and two representatives of the Human Relations Commission, are working with facilitator Phil Reed of SNAP Consulting to create a five year plan to accomplish this priority.  Click here for Phil's presentation to city council on the approach to this strategic priority.

Upcoming Events
Courageous Community Conversation #2,  "It's Not About the Art: It's About the History"

Tuesday, June 7, 2016, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Heritage Ballroom, The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way, Elgin IL

In recent days, a mural, "American Nocturne" has been a hot topic of debate within the Elgin Community. To continue this dialogue, the Elgin Human Relations Commission will hold its 2nd Courageous Community Conversation on June 7, 2016 at 7:00 PM. This Courageous Community Conversation, "It's Not About the Art: It's About the History" will not focus on the mural itself. Rather, the focus will be on what triggered the wide range of visceral reactions of members of our community and how we, as a community, can leverage all of these reactions/responses to the mural (as metaphor) into an opportunity for truth speaking and creating positive actions/change for the community as a whole. The Human Relations Commission wants to hear from all members of the community.

Click here for the official event flyer.


2016 MLK Prayer Breakfast Photos
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