Illinois Department of Human Services News

Heritage Health sues state of Illinois following denial of patient's Medicaid application

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 11, 2018

A patient's representative filed a lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Human Services and Secretary James Dimas, alleging that the defendants breach their duty to provide medical care and services to those in need with "reasonable promptness."

Judge orders IL state agencies to move quicker on applications for long-term Medicaid benefits

By Dan Churney | Apr 3, 2018

The Illinois Department of Human Services has 90 days from when basic Medicaid recipients apply to determine if they are eligible for long-term Medicaid, or they will be automatically eligible for the long-term benefits, a federal judge has ruled, brushing aside concerns from state officials the time limit will encourage applicants who may otherwise be ineligible to game the sytem.

Sexual harassment accusations continue to roil IL assembly, but very different from private sector cases

By Karen Kidd | Nov 8, 2017

As sexual harassment scandals spread in the Illinois General Assembly, some lawmakers are calling for still more action to empower investigators to pull the curtain back on what has been described as a rampant culture of abuse in Springfield. However, unlike private sector employers, state officials don't face a realistic threat of lawsuits over their actions, says a lawyer who specializes in such harassment cases.

Summary judgment granted for trucking company YRC Worldwide in racial discrimination case

By Chandra Lye | Sep 22, 2017

A federal judge has granted summary judgment in favor of a trucking company in a racial discrimination case brought by former workers.

Illinois appeals court: Plainfield schools could layoff female campus monitor to maintain gender balance

By Russell Boniface | Sep 4, 2017

A state appeals court has upheld findings by the Illinois Human Rights Commission and the Illinois Department of Human Rights that a Plainfield school district didn't discriminate against a fired female campus monitor.

Federal judge says IL not living up to spending obligations for those with developmental disabilities

By Scott Holland | Aug 14, 2017

Citing a 2011 agreement, a federal judge has ordered the state of Illinois to figure out how to increase its spending on social services for state residents with developmental disabilities.

Religious housing group plans appeal in Blue Island discrimination case, home's attorney says

By Karen Kidd | Oct 12, 2016

The longstanding dispute between a religious addiction recuperation group, Affordable Recovery Housing, and the suburban city of Blue Island isn't over yet, as attorneys for the suburban Chicago recovery home plan to seek another day in court.

Blue Island didn't discriminate by trying to force religious housing group to install sprinklers: Judge

By Scott Holland | Sep 28, 2016

A longstanding dispute between a religious addiction recovery group and the city of Blue Island ended last week in federal court in Chicago, after a judge said the suburban city did not violate the group’s rights by seeking to force it to install fire sprinklers in its buildings.

Social service providers sue Rauner for vetoing appropriations, demand state pay $100 million

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 4, 2016

A group of more than five dozen Illinois social service agencies have sued Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and a collection of state agencies, alleging the governor’s decision to veto three appropriation bills in June 2015 has provided cover for the state to unconstitutionally refuse to pay them more than $100 million they are collectively owed for services rendered under contracts with the state of Illinois.

IL state officials tossed from discrimination lawsuit vs Eden Supportive Living over mental health policies

By Dan Churney | Sep 8, 2015

A Chicago federal judge has tossed several state officials, including former Gov. Patrick Quinn, from a suit brought by two women and a fair housing group, which alleged officials wrongly barred the mentally ill from a Medicaid-supported housing program.

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