The Republican leader of the Illinois House wants to establish a hotline for helping victims of sexual harassment.

Minority Leader Jim Durkin says his legislation would create a “safe outlet” for victims seeking counseling, protective services or assistance in filing a sexual harassment complaint.

It would be available to anyone in the state.

The measure from the Western Springs Republican comes as the state Capitol reels from complaints about harassment.

House Speaker Michael Madigan introduced legislation requiring awareness training for all lawmakers and lobbyists.

 

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House Republican leader Jim Durkin plans to introduce legislation to create a hotline where callers can report sexual harassment.

The toll-free number would be run by the Illinois Department of Human Rights and would help connect people to counseling services and advice on filing complaints with the proper authorities. It will be open to state employees, as well as residents who work in the private sector.

“As disturbing reports of sexual harassment in state government have come to light, we must ensure that we are doing everything in our capacities to end this behavior for all Illinois residents,” Durkin said in a statement. “By making it easier and safer for victims to report sexual harassment behavior through the hotline, we are empowering them to stand strong against their perpetrators.”

Lawmakers are back in Springfield this week, and on the agenda is House Speaker Michael Madigan‘s bill that would require sexual harassment training for legislative employees and lobbyists. (Monique Garcia)  

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