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Pritzker Reluctant to Criticize Madigan on Harassment Report



    Report on Madigan's Office Describes Culture of Bullying, Harassment

    A new report on an investigation into Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's office paints a picture of a workplace culture of bullying and harassment in which some employees said they did not feel comfortable reporting allegations of misconduct and were made to feel "dispensable." NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports.

    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019)

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker is praising the release of a report on bullying and harassment in Michael Madigan's office, but is sidestepping questions about the Illinois House speaker's leadership.

    Pritzker on Wednesday said the culture of sexual harassment exists in Springfield on both sides of the aisle. He added that is "a very positive thing that these things have come to light."

    The report ordered by former state executive inspector general Maggie Hickey and released Monday focused on three allegations of sexual misconduct or intimidation. It found sufficient evidence to back up one complaint that Madigan's now-resigned chief of staff Timothy Mapes made inappropriate sexual comments and intimidated employees.

    Pritzker says the report detailed "a special kind of harassment and intimidation from Tim Mapes." But when asked if putting Mapes in positions of power reflects poorly on the speaker's judgment, Pritzker answered it depended on what Madigan knew.

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