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Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission

The Human Rights Authority is a division of the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission that is statutorily empowered to investigate alleged violations of the rights of persons with disabilities, including persons with behavioral health needs, cognitive disabilities, physical disabilities and older individuals with disabilities. There are nine Authorities throughout the state and separated according to geographic regions. The membership of each Authority consists of nine volunteers. Three of these, by statute, are providers of disability services, one each from the areas of mental health, developmental disability services and rehabilitation/vocational services. The remaining six members are service consumers, family members of consumers or concerned citizens interested in advocating for disability rights. Members attend monthly meetings and serve on investigative teams. For further information, contact Teresa Parks at 309-671-3030 or Gene Seaman 309-671-3044 or submit and online application at The Human Rights Authority has improved disability rights protections for thousands of individuals. Join us today!

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About Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission


160 N. LaSalle St., Suite S-500, Chicago, IL 60601, US

Mission Statement

The Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission safeguards the rights of persons with disabilities by providing public guardianship services, legal representation and a process to investigate alledged rights violations.


The agency provides court appointed guardianship services to the mentally and physically disabled. It also investigates claims of human rights violations in residential treatment facilities and provides legal representation for the disabled.

Advocacy & Human Rights
People with Disabilities


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Various Locations in Illinois/StatewideStatewide, IL 61604



  • Mental Health
  • Advocacy
  • Public Advocacy
  • Social Work
  • Case Work / Management
  • Counseling / Mental Health


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • 7 - 10 hours every two months

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