SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In light of news reports that members of Congress used public funds to pay sexual harassment settlements, State Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, co-sponsored legislation to ensure that does not happen in Illinois.
“It’s ridiculous to think that taxpayer money can be used to pay settlements in sexual harassment cases,” said Scherer. “It shouldn’t be happening in D.C. and I’ll make sure it doesn’t happen in Illinois.”
House Bill 4243 prevents public officials from using taxpayer dollars to payoff victims suing them for sexual harassment or assault. Should this legislation be signed by the Governor, it would go into effect immediately.
“Elected officials should be using the taxpayer’s money for things that support our communities,” Scherer said. “It shouldn’t be used for silencing victims of sexual assault.”
Scherer represents the 96th District, which includes portions of Christian, Macon and Sangamon counties.