Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois is expected to sign legislation streamlining the process by which the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and the Illinois Department of Human Rights (“IDHR”) investigate charges of discrimination. Certain claims of discrimination can be filed with both the EEOC and the IHDR. Rather than duplicating the investigation of charges, the State of Illinois will save taxpayer dollars. Under the legislation, the IDHR will not investigate a charge while the EEOC is investigating the charge. If the EEOC finds reasonable cause to believe a violation occurred, the IDHR will adopt the EEOC’s determination. The complainant may then file suit in court or at the Illinois Human Rights Commission. If the EEOC does not find reasonable cause, the IDHR will again adopt the EEOC’s determination, unless the complainant asks, within 35 days, the IDHR to review the EEOC’s determination and decide whether to dismiss the charge or whether there is substantial evidence of a violation. If, however, the complainant does not file the request for review, the IDHR will notify the complainant, who has 90 days to file suit. This process can also save respondents – both companies and unions – time, effort and attorneys’ fees in defending charges in multiple governmental agencies. The legislation also adds pregnancy to the list of classifications protected by the Illinois Human Rights Act, allowing complainants a legal ground other than gender to assert a claim of discrimination