New Sexual Misconduct Guidelines Still Leave Unanswered Quaestions

Jan 11, 2018

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Illinois lawmakers appeared to act swiftly when they approved new ethical standards for sexual misconduct during the national flap over the issue last fall.
 
House Speaker Michael Madigan introduced legislation to add sexual harassment to a list of punishable charges. But the process revealed new problems along the way.
 
Questions surfaced about why past misconduct hadn't been addressed and who was monitoring lawmakers. The process also was clouded by a complaint against misconduct against a sitting state senator.
 
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the legislation into law in November, requiring annual sexual harassment awareness training for lawmakers, staff members and lobbyists.
 
A 50-state review by The Associated Press found that about a third of state legislative chambers across the country don't require sexual harassment training.