Speaker Madigan: How I’m addressing sexual harassment issues

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Over the past year, women across our country have bravely come forward to shed light on a culture that permits and facilitates harassment in the workplace. Because the sheer number of stories has revealed just how prevalent these problems are — from Hollywood to Wall Street and throughout politics, the media, and academia — some have attempted to use this disturbing prevalence to shield themselves from accountability for actions under their control.

That is nonsense and I reject that, which is why I’ve reviewed both my state and political operations, identified wrongdoers and removed six individuals. As a leader in this state, I know we all have a responsibility to create a better Illinois for everyone.

I have made it a personal mission to take this issue head-on and correct past mistakes. I wish I would have done so sooner. Since the beginning of this year, I have met with more than 100 women working in the Capitol, both within my office and outside my office. I asked questions that I should have asked before and made changes to create a better environment.

One of the first meetings I attended was with a group of women in their 20s and 30s. I heard stories of inappropriate behavior, both inside and outside of the Capitol. What’s worse, these young women did not feel there was anyone willing to listen or take action to alleviate their concerns.

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September 19, 2018 at 07:09PM

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