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Gordon-Booth weighs in on sexual harassment allegations at statehouse

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Sexual harassment policy was the main topic of a hearing Tuesday morning in Chicago. It's all in response to women speaking out about sexual harassment at the state Capitol in Springfield. 

The hearing encouraged women to stand up for themselves. Lobbyist Denise Rotheimer testified against State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago), saying he used "power and mind games" against her. Silverstein denied the allegations. He told reporters he will await the verdict of the Ethics Commission. 

"It's sickening to think that that has been happening [...] it's been happening everywhere," says State Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth. 

Gordon-Booth also says that she thinks it is brave of these women to speak up. She hopes that speaking up will start meaningful conversations and help change work cultures. 

"Culture is far more difficult to change than any law. In order to change culture, it is going to require not just training...it's going to require us to revisit these conversations," said Gordon-Booth. 

She says it's important to keep holding people accountable. 

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