A woman is speaking out about her claims of sexual harassment against a former aide for Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan.
Alaina Hampton, who has worked for Democratic campaigns since 2012, addressed reporters a day after Madigan dismissed longtime political consultant Kevin Quinn and said an internal investigation showed Quinn sent inappropriate text messages to a colleague. She did not share the text messages with me or advise me of the number of times Kevin had asked her out.
Madigan told reporters at the statehouse yesterday that he intends to stand up to the governor, but didn't answer numerous questions raised by former campaign worker Alaina Hampton who complained about the behavior of a top Madigan politico a year ago. Quinn was sacked Monday after that investigation.
Hampton also said she knows of other cases.
"Accepting that they weren't going to protect me and that I was going to lose everything I worked for because a man could not control himself was devastating", Hampton said Tuesday.
Hampton has filed a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
In a statement Tuesday, Alderman Quinn said he did not take action at first because he wanted to protect Hampton's privacy as she requested.
The Tribune reported that the texts "detail a relentless series of entreaties" from Quinn asking Hampton to go out with him. He said he told Kevin Quinn to cease the unwanted messages and "such behavior would not be tolerated". For the record, Kevin was previously an employee of my State office, and he will not be returning to that role. He was remorseful and acknowledged his poor judgment.
Chris Kennedy, a Democrat running for governor, says the speaker should at least temporarily relinquish his role as head of the Democratic Party of IL.
"The irony of Michael Madigan protecting a sexual harasser while championing laws to fight it can not be overstated", Brett added. He said his political committees are working to improve reporting and response measures to such allegations. "My political committees are actively taking steps to implement those recommendations".
Within days, Hampton was contacted by Madigan's attorney, Heather Weir Vaught.
Kevin Quinn recently pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and his estranged wife has an order of protection against him.
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