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SPRINGFIELD - A report on sexual harassment in Illinois politics issued last week paints a stark picture of the rough-and-tumble of the campaign trail that can breed harassment.

NEW ORLEANS - McDonald's workers are staging protests in several cities in what organizers called the first multistate strike seeking to combat sexual harassment in the workplace.

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Legislation barring the use of taxpayer money to settle complaints of sexual harassment against legislators is moving to the House floor.

The Executive Committee approved the plan unanimously Wednesday.

Rep. David McSweeney says staff members for the House and Senate have told him they're not aware of any such instances in Illinois. But the Barrington Hills Republican says "I want to make sure it doesn't happen in the future."

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The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, as well as the 2016 election, have sparked renewed passion for electing women to office in Illinois.

It's a cold, slushy weeknight as about 50 people pour into the community room of a Springfield grocery store on the west end of town. They're making protest signs for the second annual Women's March. Two friends sit in a corner using cutout letters and permanent marker. Business owner Katie Dobron is writing, "Vote women in."

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner presents his state of the state address in Springfield Wednesday. Those who watch it might notice one color in particular being worn by those in attendance. Illinois Public Radio's Rachel Otwell explains. 

The House has unanimously adopted plans to explicitly bar sexual harassment in the state ethics code and require annual awareness training for all employees.