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Legislator pushes to curb sexual harassment in Springfield

11/2/2017, 8 a.m.
In the wake of continued reports of sexual harassment in Springfield, state Rep. John Connor, Lockport, is supporting new legislation ...

Lockport - In the wake of continued reports of sexual harassment in

Springfield, state Rep. John Connor, Lockport, is supporting new legislation that

would require elected officials, lobbyists and legislative staff to participate in

regular training sessions aimed at curbing sexual harassment.

Connor is supporting Senate Bill 402, which will require every legislator, staffer

and lobbyist to complete an annual sexual harassment training program. Lobbyist

businesses will also be required to create and enforce their own internal sexual

harassment policies, similar to what legislative staffs are already required to have

in place. Additionally, Connor is sponsoring House Joint Resolution 83, which calls

on individuals involved in Illinois politics to reject harassment and work to put an

end to it.

"This isn't just a problem in Springfield, this is a serious problem that needs to

be fought against in every community and in every industry," Connor said. "I

encourage businesses and organizations across the state to review the policies they

have in place, and to make sure that they are enforcing the issue and removing

individuals who are perpetrating these acts."