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Sexual Harassment

Melinda White addresses the Unit 5 school board
Mary Cullen / WGLT

Members of the Bloomington-Normal community spoke out at the Unit 5 school board meeting Wednesday night, calling for the district to clear the air on the recent resignation of James Harden.

James Harden
WGLT

Last month the Unit 5 school district approved a resignation agreement with its now former director of human resources and student services, James Harden.

A new report says Illinois lacks comprehensive guidelines when it comes to dealing with sexual misconduct cases in elementary and high schools.

Every college campus has standards and policies to prevent sexual harassment. But time and again, repeated complaints are filed against professors for saying and doing inappropriate things -- yet they often keep their jobs. Documents and interviews from two recent cases on campuses in Illinois shed some light on the reasons why this remains a persistent issue at many schools.

In the wake of the #metoo movement and the spotlight on assault allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, more states — including Illinois — are rethinking how sex education should be taught in public schools. 
 

Nick Sauer
Illinois General Assembly

Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin says a GOP state lawmaker will resign amid allegations that he posted nude photos of an ex-girlfriend on social media.

Mary Cullen / NPR Illinois

The #MeToo movement has brought increased awareness of nondisclosure agreements in sexual harassment and assault cases.

Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine recently released a report on sexual harassment of women in academia.

Jason Barickman
Seth Perlman / AP

State Sen. Jason Barickman said the latest string of sexual harassment allegations within the Illinois Democratic Party provides one more reason why longtime House Speaker Mike Madigan should lose his leadership post.

House Speaker Michael Madigan
IPR

The chief of staff to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has resigned over allegations of mishandling complaints of sexual harassment and making inappropriate comments.

Associated Press

Sexual harassment claims. Nondisclosure clauses. Gender discrimination in the workplace. All have been in the news lately.

Madigan Discloses New Complaints Involving Staffers

Feb 27, 2018
House Speaker Michael Madigan
IPR

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan continued to push back Tuesday against accusations that his office mishandled sexual harassment complaints.

Mike Madigan walks
Seth Perlman / AP

A growing number of Illinois Democrats are calling for an independent investigation of misconduct within longtime House Speaker Michael Madigan's political and state operations.

Illinois Department of Human Rights

The Illinois Department of Human Rights has set up a new hotline for victims of sexual harassment.

Seth Perlman / AP

Two new proposals at the Illinois statehouse aim to hold lawmakers and other government officials accountable in cases of harassment or discrimination.

Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

As the sexual harassment scandal facing the nation continues to bring forth new accusations, people are turning towards an Illinois State University professor to help explain why sexual harassment happens.

Bullying Bosses, Double Standards Plague Working Women

Jan 10, 2018
Associated Press/Will Sanjuan

Millions of women responded to allegations of sexual harassment against entertainment industry figures, members of Congress and prominent male journalists through the hashtag #MeToo. Workplace experts say the focus on sexual harassment has yet to spotlight another common problem affecting mostly women: bullying bosses. 

Seth Perlman / AP

A sexual harassment lawsuit that derailed the political career of former state Treasurer Dan Rutherford has been dismissed in federal court in Chicago.