Springfield, February 13, 1:30 pm – The political impact of a recent sexual harrassment allegation, that resulted in Speaker Madigan firing a long-time aide, is continuing to grow.
This morning, the woman who made the alligations held a press conference in Chicago. A story on this by the Illinois News Network, is published below.
As this is being updated, Speaker Madigan intends to have a press conference on this issue between 2 – 2:30pm time frame, depending on how long the Democratic caucus meets.
BY ILLINOS NEWS NETWORK
Statement from Speaker Madigan
SPRINGFIELD, February 12 – House Speaker Michael J. Madigan issued the following statement Monday: “In November, a courageous woman made me aware that a high-ranking individual within my political operation had previously made unwanted advances and sent her inappropriate text messages.
I immediately consulted with my attorney, Heather Wier Vaught, and directed her to conduct a thorough investigation. Ms. Wier Vaught conducted numerous interviews, reviewed the evidence, and recently came to the conclusion that the individual engaged in inappropriate conduct and failed to exercise the professional judgment I expect of those affiliated with my political organizations and the Office of the Speaker.
Further, Ms. Wier Vaught made several recommendations aimed at preventing inappropriate behavior and improving methods for reporting and responding to such allegations. My political committees are actively taking steps to implement those recommendations
On Tuesday, February 13, the Speaker’s Office relayed a message from Alderman Quinn, brother of Kevin Quinn. The Alderman offered his review of events as they had come to his attention.