From the Chicago Sun-Times:
From Tina Sfondeles’ article as summarized by Capitol Fax:
Illinois State Police executed a search warrant Wednesday at Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan’s Capitol offices as they investigate allegations of wrongdoing, including sexual misconduct and stalking, against Jack Franks, a former state representative who now serves as McHenry County Board chairman. […]
The search warrant — obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times via a Freedom of Information Act request — says Illinois State Police justified the search because “probable cause exists for the crimes of
- criminal sexual abuse,
- criminal sexual assault,
- official misconduct,
- stalking and aggravated battery.”
Police requested personnel, human resources or other files “containing information related to allegations of wrongdoing or misconduct by former Illinois State Representative Jack D. Franks.”
It also asked for “reports or complaints related to sexual misconduct, harassment, stalking or other misconduct by Franks.” […]
The speaker’s office on Friday said a complaint was first received about alleged sexual harassment involving an employee of the speaker’s office and a former state representative on Nov. 19, 2018. Madigan and his chief of staff were notified, and an investigation began. […] [Franks was McHenry County Board Chairman starting in December, 2016.]
In February 2019, the speaker’s office determined the harassment allegations were “credible,” and the speaker asked Illinois Secretary of State Police to ban Franks from entering the Capitol without an escort, the speaker’s office said.
A month later, the speaker’s office said they received even more information about the allegations, which increased in severity, and based on that, the office called various law enforcement agencies to report “possible criminal conduct.”
In addition, Madigan is quoted in the article like this:
“I remain committed to working to protect the victim and will see this matter to its conclusion in order to ensure the victim’s safety.”
The State Police requested “names and contact information of all prior legislative assistants assigned to Franks,” the story adds.
In various stories, Franks denies any wrongdoing.