Speaker Madigan’s Chief of Staff and House Clerk Timothy Mapes resigned on Wednesday after a House employee came forward with specific allegations of bullying and harassment in the workplace. This development is only the latest in a string of public exposures of the pervasive culture of sexual harassment and intimidation that exists in the Illinois Capitol; and the shocking lack of accountability that permits it to continue. 

Denise Rotheimer, Alaina Hampton, Kelly Cassidy, Maryann Loncar, and now Sherri Garrett come forward after 300 women signed a #MeToo letter last Fall....and the only thing leadership in Springfield does is mandate sexual harassment training as a solution. It’s a farce.

There is a culture problem that leadership is not addressing. There is a power problem when you can't trust the politicians to oversee the complaints. There is a fairness problem when as a complainant you have no rights when you file a complaint. I have no doubt Speaker Madigan knew this was going on. Tim Mapes, his top aide, has resigned. Madigan should be forced out by his members who keep him in power.
Today, State Representative Jeanne Ives called for House Speaker Michael J. Madigan’s Chief of Staff Tim Mapes to step down over allegations of sexual harassment. Ives additionally advocates for a transparent reporting process in Springfield.

"The office of House Speaker is powerful and carries with it a great deal of responsibility. Tim Mapes, like Kevin Quinn, abused that power," said Ives.

"And it is because of Speaker Madigan’s failure to carry out the responsibility of his leadership position that we’re at this point. He failed to do his job and ensure that a Legislative Inspector General was in place and that complaints were handled in a timely manner.

“Because of his failure, numerous women have been hurt – professionally and otherwise. His own Democratic members should call for him to step down from his position as House Speaker just as Senator Ira Silverstein was removed from his leadership position in the Senate.

“Last fall, over 300 women signed a #MeToo letter. Since then women like Denise Rotheimer, Alaina Hampton, MaryAnn Loncar and now Ms. Garrett have come forward to share their stories. “These women are forced to come forward publicly because they know if they report to the Legislative Ethics Commission they will just be reporting to the same offending politicians.

“Additionally, because of Denise Rotheimer’s experience, women also know that if they report harassment in Springfield, they will have no rights as they go through the investigative process.
“The lack of accountability in state government is stunning and unacceptable.

“Leaders like Madigan, Mapes, and Lou Lang have abused their power long enough. It is time that the people of this state hold them accountable for their actions at the ballot box and by demanding a transparent reporting process in Springfield.

“We should have a system that checks the abuses of those in power. Under Speaker Madigan and Tim Mapes, however, we have a system where those in power abuse and protect each other from accountability.”

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