LOCKPORT, Ill. – In the wake of continued reports of sexual harassment in Springfield, state Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, is supporting new legislation that would require elected officials, lobbyists and legislative staff to participate in regular training sessions aimed at curbing sexual harassment.
“It’s clear that sexual harassment continues to be a problem in the work environment, school setting and society at large,” Connor said. “It has been disappointing to hear of some of the problems that continue to occur around the Capitol. It’s time to take action.”
Connor is supporting Senate Bill 402, which will require every legislator, staffer and lobbyist to complete an annual sexual harassment training program. Lobbyist businesses will also be required to create and enforce their own internal sexual harassment policies, similar to what legislative staffs are already required to have in place. Additionally, Connor is sponsoring House Joint Resolution 83, which calls on individuals involved in Illinois politics to reject harassment and work to put an end to it.
“This isn’t just a problem in Springfield, this is a serious problem that needs to be fought against in every community and in every industry,” Connor said. “I encourage businesses and organizations across the state to review the policies they have in place, and to make sure that they are enforcing the issue and removing individuals who are perpetrating these acts.”