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Democratic Campaign Worker Alleges Harassment By Supervisor

Madigan at a podium
John O'Connor
House Speaker Mike Madigan, a Democrat from Chicago.

A campaign worker for Illinois Democrats says it took party officials too long to respond after she reported sexual harassment by a male supervisor last year.

Alaina Hampton addressed reporters Tuesday, a day after House Speaker Michael Madigan dismissed political consultant Kevin Quinn after an investigation found Quinn sent inappropriate text messages.

Madigan is state Democratic Party leader. Quinn is Chicago Alderman Marty Quinn's brother. Text logs shared with the Chicago Tribune show Hampton asked Kevin Quinn several times to stop asking her out and sending suggestive texts, which started in 2016. She reported the behavior in February 2017 to Quinn's supervisor. In November, she wrote Madigan who had an attorney investigate.

Hampton feels her harasser was protected as months passed without follow-up. She's filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint.

Calls to Quinn's number went unanswered Tuesday.

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