SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says combatting sexual harassment in the Capitol has become a “personal mission” but he wishes he’d acted sooner to “correct past mistakes.”
The Chicago Democrat spoke out Thursday in a Chicago Tribune op-ed.READ MORE: RealTime Weather Alert: Wet And Windy Through Monday Morning, Flooding Possible
A string of Democratic lawmakers and workers in Madigan’s political and government organizations have been accused of sexual misconduct this year amid the #MeToo anti-harassment movement.READ MORE: Man, Woman Shot In Vehicle On Kedzie Avenue In East Garfield Park, Go On To Crash In Humboldt Park With Child In Car
Madigan has been criticized for not having rooted it out. He said “I didn’t do enough, and that we, collectively, have failed in the Capitol to ensure everyone can reliably, confidentially and safely report harassment.”
An outside investigation of all harassment allegations continues and Madigan’s chief of staff is reviewing House procedures to ensure she is told of complaints and reports them to Madigan.MORE NEWS: Riggs, Kenosha County Sheriff's K-9 Shot By Chicago Homicide Suspect, Is Released From Veterinary Hospital To Applause
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