Lawmaker charging retaliation wants complaint system changes

Lawmaker charging retaliation wants complaint system changes. (WICS file photo)

The Illinois lawmaker who said House Speaker Michael Madigan retaliated against her for statements about rooting out sexual harassment in the Capitol wants the process for investigating ethics complaints in the Legislature overhauled.

Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) said it is not independent. The Legislative Inspector General handles investigations, but an ethics commission made up of House and Senate members must grant permission to proceed.

Cassidy said her demands last winter for a fully independent investigation of Madigan's handling of sexual harassment prompted Madigan allies to ultimately force her to resign her job with the Cook County Sheriff's Department.

Madigan denied involvement and asked the Legislative Inspector General to investigate.

Democratic Sen. Cristina Castro, of Elgin, has legislation to revamp the ethics investigation process, but it has not moved.

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