Lawmakers Plan Legislation to Address Sexual Harassment

May 25, 2018

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois lawmakers studying remedies to sexual harassment in state government say they are considering measures suggested by a colleague who claims retaliation by House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Rep. Kelly Cassidy's complaint against Madigan will likely be investigated by the legislative inspector general. Cassidy complained Thursday that the inspector is not truly independent and the public knows little about the process.

Legislators in the House and Senate are preparing a package of legislation to address sexual harassment in the Capitol.

Springfield Republican Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez is co-chairwoman of the House group. She says several of the issues that likely will be proposed next week address Cassidy's concerns of independence, transparency, and clearer rules and guidelines.