A press release from the Illinois General Assembly:
IL House Approves Rep. McSweeney Bill Banning State Funds from Being Used to Silence Sexual Harassment Claims Against Legislators
Springfield, IL – The Illinois House yesterday unanimously approved a measure sponsored by State Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) to prevent the use of state funds from being used to protect state legislators from sexual harassment accusers.
Last fall, hundreds of female legislators, lobbyists, and staff signed onto a letter revealing information about Springfield’s culture of sexual harassment.
In addition, news reports have revealed that some Congressmen used a federal fund that made payments to persons making allegations of harassment against members of Congress.
”The idea of taxpayers money potentially being used to buy silence in sexual harassment cases against Illinois legislators is an affront to taxpayers,” McSweeney said.
“As we learn more about cases of sexual harassment in Springfield, we need to be proactive in making sure our tax dollars are not being used to cover up incidents of harassment and abuse.”
The legislation, House Bill 4243, prohibits the use of public funds to facilitate a payout of money to buy silence or inaction related to allegations or investigations of sexual harassment by a member of the General Assembly
The House approved HB 4243 by a vote of 113-0. It now moves to the Illinois Senate for further consideration where it is sponsored by Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park).