Capitol - Your Illinois News Radar » Sanguinetti calls Madigan “harasser-in-chief”
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Sanguinetti calls Madigan “harasser-in-chief”

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

By Hannah Meisel

* Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti appeared on a Bloomington-Normal radio station this morning to talk about Speaker Madigan and Kelly Cassidy. In case you haven’t been paying attention, Rep. Kelly Cassidy went public Monday with her story of being forced to resign from her part-time job in the Cook County Sheriff’s Office due to pressure from Madigan allies after she called for an independent investigation of sexual harassment within the state’s Democratic party organization, which Madigan also heads.

But either Sanguinetti has her signals crossed on who is doing the harassing, or perhaps she misspoke and meant something else, but she ended up calling Madigan the “harasser-in-chief”

Host: Well, Madigan has a way of going after folks who make him look a little less than comfortable. I guess he feels that since he’s Illinois’ candy man, he can do it.

Sanguinetti: Absolutely, absolutely. And I have a daughter who just turned 18 and I’m always telling her to stand up for her rights and if you see something, you’ve got to say something. Look at what happened to Kelly Cassidy. What message does this send to our young ladies out there? You see something, you say something and what — you get fired? You get retaliated against? By the top harasser-in-chief. So we shouldn’t stand up for this. This should give you pause, this should give everyone pause.

For whatever reason, Sanguinetti’s “harasser-in-chief” comment was clipped out of the highlight reel distributed by the Rauner campaign this morning.

* Sanguinetti also echoed calls today for an independent investigator — other than Legislative Inspector General Julie Porter — to look into the Cassidy matter. As you’ll remember from yesterday, Sen. Melinda Bush told me that she and other female senators were planning on asking IG Porter to investigate the situation, but Speaker Madigan beat the senators to the punch and asked Porter to investigate the matter himself.

Sen. Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles) has been the loudest voice on this topic since yesterday. She sits on the Legislative Ethics Commission and chatted with reporters earlier…

* Transcript…

“You can’t say with a straight face that you have an independent process until you take the politics out of it, you take the political entities out of the equation and you give that independent individual the power to do the investigation. Remember, the way it works in Illinois is no Inspector General can go and do an investigation without asking the General Assembly to do so. It’s the fox guarding the henhouse problem that we have in Illinois…”

“As good as Julie Porter might be, if the person who’s responsible for hiring her is the person about to be investigated, then that is a clear conflict of interest. I don’t know how that could be at all complicated or confusing for anyone.”


- Posted by Hannah Meisel        

  1. - Stark - Wednesday, May 23, 18 @ 1:41 pm:

    I’m sorry, who is she again? /s

  2. - Rail giy - Wednesday, May 23, 18 @ 1:43 pm:

    I think you mean Sen Melinda Bush

  3. - Honeybadger - Wednesday, May 23, 18 @ 1:43 pm:

    She knew exactly what she was saying. Rauner getting his #2 to be an attack dog before the election. She has been hidden for the last 4 years and she has to do something to earn her #2 spot.

  4. - Macbeth - Wednesday, May 23, 18 @ 1:44 pm:

    Wait — Sanguinetti is still around?

  5. - Perrid - Wednesday, May 23, 18 @ 1:46 pm:

    Like you said, Sanguinetti is either confused or just doesn’t care about the truth when a smear will do. And I’ll say it again on this post, does McConnaughay want the LIG’s office disbanded? Because this is the job, and if she truly believes the office can’t get it done then get rid of it. If you don’t truly believe it can’t get it done, stop grand standing.

  6. - Anonymous - Wednesday, May 23, 18 @ 1:50 pm:

    Is McConnaughay going to suggest a name or a process she thinks will be valid, or is she slow walking her own complaint so she can later say no one did anything?

    Because for someone saying so much lately, she’s not saying much that shows she has a plan.

  7. - wordslinger - Wednesday, May 23, 18 @ 1:50 pm:

    McConnaugghay appears to be saying that the Inspector General system — anywhere, legislative or executive –is inherently conflicted and compromised.

    What’s her solution?

  8. - Fixer - Wednesday, May 23, 18 @ 1:51 pm:

    Pardon my ignorance here, but all these folks calling for an independent investigation… who decides on the person investigating? Who in their mind makes the decision on who is acceptable to do it?

  9. - Anonymous - Wednesday, May 23, 18 @ 1:53 pm:

    1 in 100 people couldn’t tell you who the it. Governor is. How is this significant?

  10. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, May 23, 18 @ 2:03 pm:

    Slip and Sue continues to show… she got hired… and that’s about it.

    The confusion and Slip and Sue speaking… That’s really her.

  11. - Southern - Wednesday, May 23, 18 @ 2:06 pm:

    Word Slinger and anonymous - read earlier cap fax post - she is working with Bush trying to change the system
    It’s ‘gut-check time’ for lawmakers on legislation to curb sexual harassment: The sexual harassment omnibus legislation Bush introduced expands the definition of harassment and extends discrimination protections to independent contractors. It would give workers two years, rather than six months, to file charges and sue. It would require reporting of settlements from large public contractors and employers, and prohibit non-disclosure agreements unless the victim wants one. Among other things, it also requires a panic-button system for hotel workers and mandates that anyone who works in youth sports be required to report abuse suspicions to the Department of Children and Family Services.

  12. - One hand //ing - Wednesday, May 23, 18 @ 2:07 pm:

    ===How is this significant?===

    Because either a politician who is collecting a six-figure government salary can’t be bothered to pay attention to state news, or she’s willing to politicize the Me Too movement to help re-elect a man who threatened a bury a woman a woman who dared to question him. Either way, it’s vile and there ain’t no clean hands here.

  13. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, May 23, 18 @ 2:07 pm:

    ===I guess he feels that since he’s Illinois’ candy man, he can do it.===

    Pretty unbiased question there. Who was this interviewer?

  14. - Butters - Wednesday, May 23, 18 @ 2:09 pm:

    Muller works for Rosenstien who works for Trump. No one seems to think he’s not capable of being independent. I don’t think Porter is doing this because she needs the money. She has a reputation and a law license to protect, so I don’t know why there is an automatic assumption that she can’t or won’t be objective

  15. - FDB - Wednesday, May 23, 18 @ 2:13 pm:

    Awww somebody in the Rauner press shop came up with a new nickname for their obsession: Mike Madigan.

    Way to go guys, go cash those checks quickly

  16. - wordslinger - Wednesday, May 23, 18 @ 2:19 pm:

    –Word Slinger and anonymous - read earlier cap fax post - she is working with Bush trying to change the system–

    Someone who’s “outside and independent?” Who appoints them? If it’s the GA, isn’t it the same conflict as LIG?

  17. - Annonin' - Wednesday, May 23, 18 @ 2:22 pm:

    :erhas Hannah can drop an FOI on Slp&Sue/ GovJunk and DOC for all the stuff on the former State Rep. who got the 6 figure “good conduct” award?

  18. - Claud Peppers - Wednesday, May 23, 18 @ 2:23 pm:

    Maybe Rauner’s inspector General should not be investigating fraud, waste, abuse and sexual harassment within the executive branch? Didn’t his oieg do just the same?

  19. - Contract Disputin' - Wednesday, May 23, 18 @ 2:51 pm:

    Didn’t McConnaughay vote twice for Porter? Once at the Ethics Commission, and once on the floor?

  20. - driver - Wednesday, May 23, 18 @ 2:53 pm:

    I think it’s fascinating that a female senator who voted to appoint a female legislative inspector general is claiming that female inspector general isn’t independent because Madigan’s female lawyer interviewed her. That same female senator’s caucus also has a female lawyer who could have easily interviewed the female inspector general.

    Remember when the female legislators were saying their version of #metoo was about empowering women and helping to improve their role in the political process? They forgot the disclaimer - female empowerment only applies if it’s in their own person political interest.

  21. - Lost in Chicago - Wednesday, May 23, 18 @ 3:10 pm:

    “You see something, you say something and what — you get fired?”

    That’s exactly what happened to those 3 Rutherford staffers a few years ago. This isn’t anything new.

  22. - Rod - Wednesday, May 23, 18 @ 3:22 pm:

    Ultimately it will be up to Julie Porter to decide which complaint or complaints she will accept for investigation, the Speaker’s request does not have greater weight because it was filled first. The Speaker’s May 22, 2018 letter to Porter does not include any explicit request that Speaker Madigan himself be investigated by the LIG only that Mapes and Rita be investigated.

    Based on Rep Cassidy’s comments it would appear that she wants any investigation to include how the Speaker may have motivated Mapes and Rita in this matter, be it directly or somehow indirectly. Showing indirect influence will not be easy to do by the way.

    Cassidy clearly needs to file for an investigation herself, because she claims to be the aggrieved party. Others can join her or support her request, but really the ball is in her court. The Speaker as always is decisive and he is trying to frame the investigation like any good attorney would want to do.

  23. - Saluki - Wednesday, May 23, 18 @ 3:24 pm:

    lots of talking…

  24. - She is Right - Wednesday, May 23, 18 @ 3:37 pm:

    The Legislative Ethics Commission’s enabling law authorizes non-GA members to be appointed to the Commission. Stacking it with legislators undermines its independence, and screening IG candidates with interviews by staffers further undercuts its appearance of propriety.

  25. - anon2 - Wednesday, May 23, 18 @ 3:49 pm:

    In case Porter exonerates the Speaker, McConnaugghay can say the process was conflicted and the conclusion is therefore not definitive.

  26. - Sugar Corn - Wednesday, May 23, 18 @ 4:01 pm:

    ==if the person who’s responsible for hiring her is the person about to be investigated, then that is a clear conflict==

    True of the OEIG, also?

  27. - Anonymous - Wednesday, May 23, 18 @ 4:05 pm:

    McConnaughay had a say in the appointment. In a previous Bishop release from 11/4/17 she said, “We determined to appoint Julie Porter as special inspector general…”

TrackBack URI

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Joe Biden cancels State Fair event
* You're a sham and a charlatan! No, you're a sham and a charlatan!
* *** UPDATED x1 *** SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Update to this morning's Capitol Fax
* In a state full of trivial campaign issues, this is one of the trivialest
* Sorry, it just doesn't work that way
* New Pritzker online ad gently apologizes for the interruption
* Yet another State Fair #facepalm
* It's just a bill
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - The theme spreads to the Senate Dems
* *** UPDATED *** SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Illinois State Fair Event List
* Rauner announces $1 million donation to repair Coliseum
* Madigan lawyers slammed for wanting to depose a host of Republicans, including Rauner
* Question of the day
* McCann lays out his path
* Yesterday's stories

Visit our advertisers...






* Erika Harold attacks Kwame Raoul with first TV .....
* Rauner signs legislation aimed at keeping at-ri.....
* Politically connected former employees sue to g.....
* Planned Parenthood Speaker Talks Election Day a.....
* Congressional District 6 candidate Sean Casten .....
* National Minority Donor Awareness Week observed..
* Illinois deals to shed floating-rate and swap r.....
* New Pritzker online ad gently apologizes for th.....
* Rauners announce $1 million donation for Colise.....
* It's just a bill..

* Activists say planned reform of Chicago police falls short
* Emanuel opens new food hall at Chicago’s Midway Airport
* Rauners kick in $1 million to restore fairgrounds’ Coliseum
* Bond decrease denied for men accused of luring boy from home
* Trump Tower operators sued over water release into river
* Defense: No evidence in teen’s death days after Obama event
* Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in Illinois
* Teen’s mom ordered to comply with subpoena or skip trial
* New Mexico education officials adopt changes to state test
* South Bend mayor wants commuter rail to run downtown

* Rauner makes changes to bill on Medicaid eligibility backlog
* Rauners announce $1 million donation for Coliseum work
* Rauner again calls Pritzker, Madigan corrupt
* Veterans, Gold Star Families honored at Illinois State Fair
* Legislation to streamline Medicaid approvals too late for Girard nursing home
* Illinois inspectors climb over, under state fair rides for safety
* Rauner says AG should prosecute Madigan
* New dual-credit course law helps teens lower college costs
* Bill signed to prevent state payouts for sex harassment
* Twilight Parade kicks off 2018 Illinois State Fair

* DuPage pushes fight for O'Hare western terminal
* United sheds punching-bag status with biggest U.S. airline rally
* Northern Trust looks to get into crypto custody
* Redbox gears up for its first major ad campaign
* Whither the Kraft Heinz ketchup packet?

* Ellison wins Minnesota attorney general Democratic primary
* CPD officer probed in Special Operations Section scandal sues for back pay
* Somali-American wins Minnesota Democratic US House primary
* Transgender nominee Hallquist faces Vermont GOP Gov. Scott
* Police searching for East Garfield Park burglary suspect
* Boy, 13, reported missing from Albany Park
* LaMarre’s homer sparks White Sox to victory over Tigers
* Lavish court spending in poor West Virginia triggers scandal
* Man, 40, shot on South Side
* New Mexico bail reforms shaped ruling in compound case

* Walker is Wisconsin GOP choice for governor as Midwest tests Trump appeal in latest primaries
* Courtney Vandersloot sets a WNBA assist record as Sky beat Lynx 91-88
* Ryan LaMarre's first career home run lifts White Sox to 6-3 win over Tigers
* Rauner again makes top bid for Grand Champion steer at state fair
* Illinois cornerbacks coach Donnie Abraham leaves staff for personal reasons
* White Sox pitching prospect Zack Burdi appears ahead of schedule after surgery
* Mariners' Robinson Cano returns from drug suspension, now playing 1B
* 'He created Omarosa': How Trump's protegee turned his tactics against him
* More than 300 priests listed in Pennsylvania report on Catholic Church sex abuse, more than 1,000 victims identified
* Justin McCray closing in on Packers' right guard job

» A Midway Airport Restaurant Company Is Attracting Interest From The Feds
» Consent Decree Could Boost Mental Health Resources In CPD
» Chicago Charter Schools Risk Budget Cuts Without A Fix In Springfield
» For Illinois Birds, Moving To Urban Areas Key To Survival
» Kindergarten Readiness; Anti-Harassment, Equality and Access Panel; Solar in Southern Illinois
» Aug. 13, 2018 - Full Show
» Rauner Continues To Blame Madigan For 'Illegal Activity'
» Mental Health Treatment For Children, Workaround Podcast; Forgotten Desserts
» When Giving Up Custody Is The Only Way To Get Affordable Health Care; Forgotten Desserts
» Mama Fresh Connects Chicago Moms With Events And Support With Focus On Diversity

* Rauner makes changes to bill on Medicaid eligibility backlog
* Guest View: Remember when Rauner wanted to eliminate DCFS scholarships?
* Marc Thiessen: Trump's failure to reject the bigots of the alt-right tars his presidency
* Illinois lawmakers should emulate Rep. Gordon-Booth’s expungement summits
* Byron York: With Mueller, like Kenneth Starr, beware wishful thinking
* Rauners announce $1 million donation for Coliseum work
* E.J. Dionne: Don't let politics dumb you down
* Senator Durbin: I’m waiting for answers from Brett Kavanaugh
* Rauner again calls Pritzker, Madigan corrupt
* Veterans, Gold Star Families honored at Illinois State Fair

* PHOTOS: Vigil for Decatur stabbing victim Cody Drew
* $51,000 base salary: Norfolk Southern struggling to hire 30 train conductors in Decatur
* 'It never goes away': Bettendorf woman hopes new FDA-approved drug curbs migraine attacks
* Fryer fire leads to evacuation at Buffalo Wild Wings in Belleville
* WATCH: Candlelight vigil for Decatur stabbing victim Cody Drew
* Abraham resigns from UI football staff
* I-74 construction shifts to outside lanes
* Topping off new IHMVCU headquarters
* Marion City Council votes to improve the entrance of city hall
* Chicago police report drop in weekend violence, more patrols

* Girls golf: Barrington sharp in Decatur as Smith leads with 69
* West Chicago police: Firefighters during training find body in smoldering blanket
* LEADING OFF: Acuna provides instant pop, Darvish gets closer
* VFW Queen of Hearts jackpot rolls over again
* Images: Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brwers on Tuesday

* LaHood touts lock and dam upgrades during ...
* Plans unveiled for LaGrange Lock & Dam...
* Congressmen busy at Illinois State Fair Ag...
* Congressmen looking at lock and dam
* 18th Congressional District
* Kyndle keeping Henderson region 'in th...
* Like father, like son: A conversation with...
* New Info on Feinstein's Chinese Spy — ...
* Where Do Guns Used to Commit Shootings in ...
* Latinos Could Be Chicago's New Nexus o...

* Fisher Asset Management Has Raised By $242......
* Biden to Visit Springfield...
* Senator Dick Durbin Using Lies to P......
* The Kavanaugh Document Fight...
* Pritzker, Durbin to speak with Decatur sup......

* Sen. Harris, Colleagues Call on DHS Sec Ni......
* 'Disability Rights Are Civil Rights......
* Who backs who in Florida governor race?...
* Yes, Bob Casey is boring. In 2018, that......
* Heating up in the Windy City: The Tipline ......

* Why are Californians moving to Idaho?
* Building Tomorrow’s Talent: Collaboration Can Close Emerging Skills Gap
* Colleges and Universities Woo Once-Overlooked Transfer Students
* How online learning will change education
* How To Stop Slacking Off In Your Online Degree
* How colleges reach remote (rural) students
* Career-ready diploma seals show students are ‘ready for life’
* Arne Duncan’s failures.
* Breaking: EEOC files suit against the Urbana school district for age discrimination. It’s all about the Illinois teacher salary cap.
* Judge Raul Vega named Acting Presiding Judge of Domestic Violence Division

* Governor announces $1 million Rauner family contribution to begin restoration of Coliseum; takes action on package of agriculture legislation
* Governor signs tollway transparency bill
* 2018 Adams County Tentative Multiplier Announced
* Gov. Rauner signs legislation aimed at keeping at-risk families together
* IDOA, Illinois Bicentennial to Host Inaugural Prairie Heritage Ride

* Verizon to bundle Apple TV 4K or YouTube TV subscription to future 5G broadband service
* Verizon bringing 5G to Indianapolis
* Project Fi offering a $200 discount on the Pixel 2 XL, heavy discounts on LG phones
* [Deal] Grab a cheap Honor 7X with a back to school promotion!
* We talked to Overwatch League’s franchise director about the future of esports
* Sprint and LG announce 5G phone for 2019
* Moviepass losses jumped from less than $3 million to $126.6 million in a year

* Casting fate: White Sox overcome Detroit, 6-3
* Giolito keeps composure in White Sox win
* LaMarre hits first MLB homer in home state
* Shields shows durability nearing 400-start mark
* White Sox Minor League Update: August 13, 2018
* Flashback: August 14, 2008
* Six Pack of Stats: Tigers 9, White Sox 5

Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0

Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller