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Ira Silverstein accused of harassment”

Madigan's Senate Bill 402 expands existing sexual harassment protections in the Capitol and legislative offices. And while he never directly propositioned her or touched her inappropriately, she felt Silverstein sponsored her bill with ulterior motives. After the hearing, Rotheimer played a voicemail message she said Silverstein left her.

"What I dealt with Silverstein, I ended up six weeks in a crisis", she testified in the hearing. I lost 20 pounds. "I was so scared that I would have to admit myself into a hospital because I went down to like 109 pounds, I had like no control in the situation".

A state lobbyist said Tuesday during a hearing on sexual harassment in IL politics that she had been repeatedly harassed by North Side state Sen.

House Speaker Michael Madigan outlined a plan to stop sexual harassment in state government. He added: "I apologize if I made her feel uncomfortable". "I will wait for the ethics commission's results".

IL became the latest to join the chorus of statehouses nationwide alleging sexual harassment is pervasive in the halls of political power. This is the first time a woman has come forward and named a lawmaker since allegations surfaced last week of widespread sexually harassment in the state capital.

"Every industry has its own version of the casting couch", read the letter circulating in IL, which by last Tuesday had more than 130 signatures. "I think we need to stand up as men and women and take this on", Rep. Linda Chapa La Via, D-Aurora said. She said she was working with Silverstein to pass legislation to help crime victims get free legal representation during ongoing criminal cases, when the senator killed the bill because he thought she had a boyfriend. "I can tell you that as a state senator, I am appalled that it hasn't been filled".

Lobbyist Denise Rotheimer, who is also running as a Republican for state representative, testified that she was the victim of "mind games" and untoward comments made by state Sen.

Bush said she was contacted by Rotheimer, who told her that she had been treated in an "inappropriate way" by Silverstein and raised concerns that her complaint was not being taken seriously by Cullerton's office.

Rotheimer said that in November 2016, she went to Democratic Senate President John Cullerton's office and "explained what I had been put through". "I had to modify my behaviors to continue doing my job". Another proposal was in the works to require legislators, lobbyists and staff to undergo sexual harassment training. She said she would provide a copy of them later Tuesday.



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