The Illinois Senate debated and discussed topics today surrounding sexual harassment at the Capitol. The first step taken was to approve the appointment of a Legislative Inspector General. That office, in charge of looking into complaints like sexual harassment had sat empty for 3 years. Now that Julie Porter has been approved the Senate also voted in favor of extending the statute of limitations on misconduct claims. That allows for all 27 claims made since the office was vacated to be up for review. Senator Karen McCounnaughay says it’s a valuable first step but more can be done.
There is also a pending sexual harassment task force to be assembled by the Senate. One Senator has been publicly named in a harassment case; Ira Silverstein was at the Capitol but told reporters he would not be talking about the allegations against him until he spoke to the new Inspector General.