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McSweeny Introduces Bills to Combat Sexual Harassment by Public Officials

A proposal at the Illinois statehouse aims to hold lawmakers accountable in cases of sexual harassment and discrimination. The measure is sponsored by state Representative David McSweeny. He says it would prohibit taxpayer money from covering settlement payouts in cases of harassment by state legislators:

“Somebody that is guilty of sexual harassment should be punished, and they should pay for it themselves.”

The Barrington Hills Republican says the measure would ensure the payout is covered by the offending lawmaker. The idea mirrors a measure proposed in Congress. Legislators are slated to debate the proposal at a hearing this week. Another measure McSweeny is sponsoring would require city and county governments to publicize severance packages of employees found guilty of harassment.