Pritzker Won't Blame Speaker Madigan For Harassment Culture Outlined In Report

Craig Dellimore
August 21, 2019 - 5:16 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker is refusing to single out House Speaker Michael Madigan for the widespread complaints of bullying and sexual harassment outlined by people in Illinois government.

A report by former Illinois Inspector General Maggie Hickey documents bullying, harassment and intimidation of state employees and others in Springfield.

When reporters asked Wednesday if Pritzker had confidence in Madigan’s leadership through it all, he broadened his answer. He said "all" the legislative leaders and officials have allowed the culture  of harassment to exist for too long and ending that culture is a priority.

The report singles out Madigan’s former chief of staff Timothy Mapes, alleging oppressive behavior. Did Madigan err in keeping him in charge so long?

The governor says it depends on what Madigan knew.

Mapes himself issued a statement this week apologizing if his demeanor and approach to the job didn’t—in his words—“instill trust and a healthy work environment.”