Report Finds Bullying, Sexual Harassment In Madigan’s Office

Report Finds Bullying, Sexual Harassment In Madigan’s Office
This May, 31, 2012 file photo shows Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan speaking at the Illinois State Capitol accompanied by his chief of staff, Tim Mapes, right, in Springfield Ill. Madigan on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, released a report by former state executive inspector general Maggie Hickey where she found that Mapes' power was too centralized for appropriate communication about allegations of sexual harassment and other offenses in the office. Seth Perlman / Associated Press
Report Finds Bullying, Sexual Harassment In Madigan’s Office
This May, 31, 2012 file photo shows Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan speaking at the Illinois State Capitol accompanied by his chief of staff, Tim Mapes, right, in Springfield Ill. Madigan on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, released a report by former state executive inspector general Maggie Hickey where she found that Mapes' power was too centralized for appropriate communication about allegations of sexual harassment and other offenses in the office. Seth Perlman / Associated Press

Report Finds Bullying, Sexual Harassment In Madigan’s Office

A report released by the former state inspector general yesterday has pulled back the curtain on a culture of sexual harassment and other offenses in the office of Illinois house speaker Michael Madigan. 

The sexual harassment in the office was pervasive. Low-level staffers feared sexual advances and bullying from Madigan’s one-time top aide. Some even felt compelled to wear fake wedding rings to fend off “creepy” behavior.

WBEZ state politics reporter Dave McKinney stops by to break down the investigation’s key findings.

GUEST: Dave McKinney, WBEZ state politics reporter

LEARN MORE: Mike Madigan’s former chief of staff sought to ‘motivate workers through fear,’ state report finds (Chicago Sun-Times 8/20/19)