A Cook County elected official retaliated against an employee after she complained that her supervisor sent her unwanted, sexually explicit texts and groped her, according to the findings of an inspector general’s investigation.
The high-ranking staff member who was the subject of the complaint violated the county’s policy prohibiting sexual harassment, the investigation concluded, and received a “verbal admonishment” and anti-harassment training, the report states.
The report issued Thursday by the Office of the Independent Inspector General doesn’t name the elected official, but sources identified her as longtime County Board Commissioner Deborah Sims, a Posen Democrat. The unnamed high-ranking staff member was also found to have retaliated against the employee who made the complaint, according to the report. […]
However, the inspector general’s report states that the elected official “disagreed with the OIIG finding of retaliation and rejected the OIIG recommendation for discipline of the (supervisor) on that charge.”
The federal trial of a former local state senator and one-time candidate for governor will have to wait a bit longer.
The U.S. Court of the Central District of Illinois granted a second continuance to the defense counsel of William “Sam” McCann in court yesterday, moving McCann’s trial to November. McCann has been accused of money laundering, tax evasion, and misuse of campaign funds. McCann has plead not guilty to all of the charges. […]
McCann faces more than 45 years in prison and up to $1 million in fines if convicted. Final pre-trial via teleconference has been set for October 18th with jury selection to being in Springfield later that day.