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Madigan Seeks Officer to Combat Sexual Harassment



    A Group of Republicans Push for Madigan's Resignation

    A group of Republican lawmakers and candidates are calling on House Speaker Mike Madigan to resign, criticizing his leadership in the wake of recent sexual harassment allegations. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern has the details. 

    (Published Monday, June 11, 2018)

    Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says he will hire a human resources director and officer for equal employment opportunity and affirmative action to combat sexual harassment.

    In a statement, it was announced Madigan and new chief of staff Jessica Basham will conduct a search. They say the employee will "promote a fair, equitable and unbiased work environment" for the speaker's 200 employees.

    The Chicago Democrat hired the 37-year-old Basham last week after Timothy Mapes resigned amid accusations of inappropriate remarks to women and a dismissive attitude toward complaints of sexual harassment.

    Mapes resigned less than a week after Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie resigned as deputy majority leader after a complaint of sexual harassment and intimidation .

    Madigan Chief of Staff Out Over Harassment Allegations

    [CHI] Madigan Chief of Staff Out Over Harassment Allegations

    House Speaker Mike Madigan's long-time Chief of Staff is out amid harassment allegations. NBC 5's Charlie Wojciechowski has the latest details. 

    (Published Wednesday, June 6, 2018)

    Basham is holding meetings with staff and lawmakers to update them on developments.

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