Human Relations Commission

It is the Policy of the City of DeKalb that discrimination based on race, creed, color, gender, religion, age, national origin, or ancestry, physical or mental disability, marital status, matriculation or sexual orientation is hereby prohibited. 

Regular Meetings

The Human Relations Commission regularly meets on the first Tuesday of the month at DeKalb City Hall, 200 South Fourth Street, DeKalb, Illinois. 

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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Mission of the Human Relations Commission

To foster a community that respects and supports the diversity and dignity of all people and promotes building strong relationships between its diverse citizens, groups and organizations. 

Primary Duties

1. Provide education and outreach programs to educate the community, equalize opportunities, eliminate discrimination and promote good will among all persons. 
2. Advise the City and departments on issues of policy that relate to human relations and discrimination; and make recommendations of policy to the City to address, redress, prevent or discourage acts of discrimination. 
3. Invite and enlist the cooperation of any citizen, organization or committee which can assist in fulfilling the duties of the Human Relations Commission. 
4. Assist in mediating or resolving a claim or dispute between two parties, when requested, before any party files a formal complaint with state or federal agencies. 
5. Provide information on and referral to agencies responsible for investigation or prosecution of alleged incidents of discrimination or violation of human rights such as the Office of Civil Rights, EEOC, Housing Authority or any other state or federal agencies. 


The HRC shall have between five (5) and nine (9) Commissioners appointed by the Mayor with consent from the City Council. Terms equal two (2) years. 


Larry Apperson, Chair
Maurice Bailey
Joe Gastiger
Norden Gilbert
Lisa King
Ellingsworth Webb
Robert Williams

Related Municipal Code

See Municipal Code Chapter 49 (PDF) for more information. 

Staff Liaison

  1. Aaron Stevens

    Management Analyst

    City Manager's Office

    200 South Fourth Street
    Room 219
    DeKalb, IL 60115

    Phone: 815-748-2096

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