Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) finds it hard to believe that Illinois has gone years without a legislative inspector general, especially in light of at least 27 sexual harassment complaints that have been filed against members of the General Assembly, according to a press release.
Any such complaints must be filed with the inspector general, but the post has been vacant since December 2014.
“Illinois has a reputation for political corruption," Ives said. "Government transparency and accountability should be top priorities for any leader who is serious about reform. The charges of sexual harassment recently brought to light by Denise Rotheimer went unheard for a year. She was forced to suffer Senator Silverstein’s unwanted advances for a year. It was only out of political necessity that she was given a hearing at all.”
The House held a hearing earlier this week regarding allegedly widespread and longstanding harassment by members of the Legislature.