Sexual Harassment

Southern Illinois University Carbondale faces a Title IX lawsuit - alleging sexual harassment, assault, retaliation, and negligence.

NPR Illinois and ProPublica found several sexual harassment allegations against University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty that haven’t been publicly reported. Here's a rundown of the accusations, the consequences each faced and their responses.

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An administrator resigned amid sexual harassment accusations. Another college hired him. A professor was found to have stalked a coworker. She agreed to retire, then won a Fulbright grant. Campus leaders vow reforms, but many say it’s a long road.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday signed a sweeping anti-sexual harassment law. But one woman who accused a lawmaker of harassment is disappointed with an aspect of the new rules.

Denise Rotheimer says she objects to part of the new law that levies a fine of $5,000 on accusers for leaking information from an inspector general  report's release.

All Illinois employers would have to conduct sexual harassment training under sweeping legislation adopted in the waning days of the General Assembly. 

“This really deals with sexual harassment, discrimination, and equity issues affecting every worker in the state of Illinois,’’ said  Democratic state Senator Melinda Bush of Grayslake, who is sponsor of the bill, which would protect independent contractors under the Illinois Human Rights Act. “So it is, I would say, probably one of the biggest pieces of civil rights law we’ve had in years.”

Some Illinois lawmakers want more protections for employees who are sexually harassed in private sector jobs. 

The University of Illinois has created a committee to review its faculty sexual misconduct policies, though no members are students.

Every college campus has standards and policies to prevent sexual harassment. But time and again, repeated complaints are filed against professors for saying and doing inappropriate things -- yet they often keep their jobs. Documents and interviews from two recent cases on campuses in Illinois shed some light on the reasons why this remains a persistent issue at many schools.

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The global #MeToo movement has put a spotlight on sexual harassment and assault, and a new report calculates the economic impacts in the workplace.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with leaders of Illinois' Anti-Harassment, Equality, and Access Panel - State Comptroller Susana Mendoza, State Representative Carol Ammons, and State Senator Melinda Bush. 

Victims of workplace sexual harassment have a new resource to lodge their complaints and seek help.

The Illinois Department of Human Rights has launched a sexual harassment hotline.

Powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says he has no plans to resign.

That’s after a campaign worker accused him of not acting quickly when she revealed sexual harassment by a top Madigan aide.

A longtime political aide to one of Illinois’ most powerful politicians - House Speaker Michael Madigan - has been fired for sending a woman inappropriate text messages.

A lawyer for Madigan’s political operation declined to name the woman, but said she’s a political consultant.

Illinois lawmakers acted quickly last month in response to sexual harassment allegations at the statehouse.  But several female legislators say this isn't a quick fix.  They say the process was rushed and not enough thought was given to explore alternative options.

State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, a Chicago Democrat, says the new policies were not inclusive of everyone affected by the issue—such as legislative staff and lobbyists. She says she hopes newly formed legislative task forces in the House and Senate will resolve this concern. 

A southern Illinois lawmaker has been appointed to the state's newly created Taskforce on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment.

State Representative Natalie Phelps Finnie of Elizabethtown supported House Resolution 687, which created the Taskforce.

Governor Bruce Rauner is criticizing Illinois lawmakers for passing “hurried” ethics legislation last week.

As the recent flood of sexual harassment stories reached the Illinois Statehouse, it came out that the job of chief ethics investigator for the legislature had sat vacant for nearly three years.

Women in the Illinois Senate plan to advance their voices in leadership with the creation of their own caucus.

Women on both sides of the aisle say they’ve had a significant role in crafting policy, but may not always get the credit they deserve.

The Illinois Senate is voting to extend the statute of limitations for misconduct claims in the legislature.

The Illinois General Assembly returns to Springfield on Tuesday for the final days of its fall session after spending last week wrestling a sexual-harassment quandary.

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The Illinois General Assembly has finally chosen someone to investigate ethics complaints against state legislators and staff. The position had been vacant for nearly three years.

In the wake of Harvey Weinstein's downfall due to sexual assault and harassment claims from numerous women - it's glaringly apparent that the issue is not limited to a certain industry or segment of society. Statehouses across the nation have joined in the #MeToo movement. Some are saying state legislatures harbor environments where such activity is commonplace.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller discusses the 2017 Illinois Fall Veto Session with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Interim Director Jak Tichenor. While the two-week session is normally procedural, this year's meetings are producing bombshell accusations along with override votes that pit lawmakers against their party leaders.

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, but it's an issue that doesn't go away when the calendar turns to May.

Southeast Missouri State University is trying to help those who commit assault.

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A federal judge has dismissed racketeering claims that one-time Illinois gubernatorial candidate Dan Rutherford ran the state treasurer's office like a campaign operation.