Madigan's Panel Meets With Former Staffer Who Alleged Sexual Harassment

Alaina Hampton, a former staffer for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, met Sunday with the three-woman panel appointed by Madigan to lead a statewide discussion on sexual harassment.

Madigan announced in February that Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza and state Rep. Carol Ammons would serve on a panel to explore "the role of women in the Democratic Party and how to change the culture of politics."

That announcement came after Hampton came forward to allege that her former supervisor Kevin Quinn, a top political aide to Madigan and 13th Ward Ald. Marty Quinn's brother, had sent her more than 70 unwanted text messages, despite her requests to keep their relationship professional.

Hampton said she had notified his supervisor, Ald. Marty Quinn, and sent a letter to Madigan, but no action was taken until he was fired on Feb. 12 - one day before the Chicago Tribune reported the allegations.

Of the meeting Sunday, Hampton told NBC 5 that she "had a frank and productive conversation" with the panel.

"They listened to my story and took in my recommendations on how to ensure justice for victims and how to begin to change the pervasive culture of sexism in Illinois politics," Hampton said.

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