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URBANA, Ill. (AP) - The University of Illinois has created a committee to review its faculty sexual misconduct policies, though no members are students.

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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.

The chief of staff to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan who was forced to resign amid sexual harassment allegations is owed $130,000 in unused vacation and sick time.

A former state executive inspector general will investigate the Illinois House of Representatives after several sexual harassment scandals.

Illinois Democratic Party Chairman Michael Madigan has named a committee composed entirely of women to choose the party's next executive director.

Three women Democratic state representatives are calling for an independent investigation of House Speaker Michael Madigan's office.

The chief of staff to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has resigned over allegations of mishandling complaints of sexual harassment and making inappropriate comments. 

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois lawmakers studying remedies to sexual harassment in state government say they are considering measures suggested by a colleague who claims retaliation by House Speaker Michael Madigan.

The Illinois lawmaker who says House Speaker Michael Madigan retaliated against her for statements about rooting out sexual harassment in the Capitol wants the process for investigating ethics complaints in the Legislature overhauled.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan today issued a warning to his fellow Democratic legislators … on sexual harassment.

In the past month, Madigan has let go of two key political operatives. Last week, he made public some information about complaints against people in his government office.

Now, he says because of recent meetings with staff, he felt compelled to make the rules “crystal clear" to legislators. He says sexual comments, advances and relationships with staff are inappropriate — whether or not the staffer works for that legislator.

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Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan continues to push back against accusations that his office mishandled sexual harassment complaints. The Speaker Tuesday issued a one-page press release with brief summaries of nine complaints involving staffers working in his state office.

CHICAGO (AP) - A growing number of Illinois Democrats are calling for an independent investigation of misconduct within longtime House Speaker Michael Madigan's political and state operations.
Madigan, who's also chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois, has dismissed two campaign workers in recent days following complaints of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior.
Several Democratic lawmakers and candidates say they have questions about how Madigan handled the complaints.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has dismissed a long-time political consultant after an investigation found he sent inappropriate text messages to a colleague. 

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner likely considered the upcoming election while crafting the state of the state address he gave Wednesday. There's a host of Democratic candidates vying to unseat him - and a single Republican who says she wants to get him out the way during the primary this March. 

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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. 

A proposal at the Illinois statehouse aims to hold lawmakers accountable in cases of sexual harassment and discrimination. The measure is sponsored by state Representative David McSweeny. He says it would prohibit taxpayer money from covering settlement payouts in cases of harassment by state legislators:

“Somebody that is guilty of sexual harassment should be punished, and they should pay for it themselves.”

An ISU professor has recently found himself in demand to help explain the sexual harassment scandal facing the nation.

John Pryor is a distinguished professor emeritus of psychology who developed a test in the 1980s that predicts who is likely to engage in sexually harassing behavior.

Pryor says some studies indicate a link between harassment and power, and that those in positions of power may feel they have the right to abuse others.

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Illinois lawmakers appeared to act swiftly when they approved new ethical standards for sexual misconduct during the national flap over the issue last fall.
House Speaker Michael Madigan introduced legislation to add sexual harassment to a list of punishable charges. But the process revealed new problems along the way.
Questions surfaced about why past misconduct hadn't been addressed and who was monitoring lawmakers. The process also was clouded by a complaint against misconduct against a sitting state senator.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed into law two measures that address sexual harassment in the Illinois state Capitol. 

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

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois General Assembly returns to Springfield on Tuesday for the final days of its fall session after spending last week wrestling a sexual-harassment quandary. 

The Republican leader of the Illinois House wants to establish a hotline for helping victims of sexual harassment.

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The Cook County Democratic Party Fri. invited every Democratic candidate running for Illinois Attorney General to address the question at the top of the news lately: Have you ever been accused of sexual harassment? 

A public allegation of sexual harassment against an Illinois state lawmaker has people wondering: Is there a watchdog over the legislature? There used to be. 

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Chicago Democrat Ira Silverstein is resigning his leadership position in the Illinois Senate. That’s following accusations he sexually harassed an advocate working with him on a bill.

Proposals calling for sexual harassment training for elected officials and others at the state Capitol are in the works. 

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Illinois lawmakers will consider a measure that mandates legislators, their staff, and lobbyists complete yearly sexual harassment training.

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EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - Northwestern University says no disciplinary action will be taken against two fraternities after sexual assault allegations.

An investigator hired by then-state Treasurer Dan Rutherford to review a former employee's allegations of sexual harassment by the one-time gubernatorial hopeful found no evidence of harassment or retaliation.