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Cullerton, Brady appoint members to new task force

Monday, Nov 13, 2017

* Press release…

Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton announced 10 appointments to the Senate Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention.

They are:
Senator Omar Aquino, 2nd District, Chicago
Senator Scott Bennett, 52nd District, Champaign
Senator Melinda Bush, 31st District, Grayslake
Senator Bill Cunningham, 18th District, Chicago
Senator Mattie Hunter, 3rd District, Chicago, Majority Caucus Whip
Senator Toi Hutchinson, 40th District, Chicago Heights
Senator Heather Steans, 7th District, Chicago

Julie Curry, President at Curry & Associates, former deputy chief of staff at Illinois governor’s office, former state lawmaker

Rikeesha Phelon, President and CEO of Phelon Public Strategies

Polly Poskin, Executive Director, Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault

The Senate President has a total of 12 appointments to the task force. The other two are being finalized.

“I look forward to this task force producing effective recommendations and offer my support to back up its work,” Cullerton said in making the appointments.

* Press release…

Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) announced on Monday the appointment of five Senate Republicans who will serve on the newly created Senate Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention.

“This is an important first step in changing the culture in the Capitol,” said Brady. “I applaud each of these Senators who are willing to serve on this important Task Force.”

The goal of the new task force will be to conduct a comprehensive review of legal and social consequences of sexual discrimination and harassment in both the public and private sectors. The Task Force will study and make recommendations on combating sexual discrimination and harassment in workplaces, educational institutions, and in State and local government.

Appointed to the Task Force are Senators:

    Pam Althoff (R-32nd District)
    Karen McConnaughay (R-33rd District)
    John Curran (R-41st District)
    Jil Tracy (R-47th District)
    Dale Righter (R-55th District)

Members of the Task Force will not receive compensation for their service.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

4 Comments »
  1. - Anonymous - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 5:11 pm:

    Those are some solid picks, from both sides.


  2. - Anonymous - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 9:46 pm:

    Lol, the dumbest part of politics. The same group of people that allegedly created this environment of sexual harassment get to appoint the people to clean it up. A sick joke from both sides of the aisle.


  3. - Miss Marie - Tuesday, Nov 14, 17 @ 8:54 am:

    @Anonymous @ 9:45 PM

    You may have had a point if the Senate President had only appointed legislators to the task force, but it looks like he appointed a solid group. Also a couple of the women legislators who were appointed have said they’ve experienced sexual harassment under the dome, so they’ll have valid points of view to offer. Also, if you look at the male senators he appointed, none of them have reputations of being harassers (that I know of).

    The task force is off to a good start.


  4. - JB13 - Tuesday, Nov 14, 17 @ 10:04 am:

    Task forces - The option of choice for leadership to claim they’re accepting responsibility for a problem that occurred on their watch without accepting the consequences for allowing the problems to fester unaddressed for decades


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