Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), left and his attorney Heather Wier Vaught at a Tuesday press conference in Springfield.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WEEK) -- -
Longtime House Speaker Michael Madigan said Tuesday he has no plans to step down amid criticism of his handling of an investigation into a Democratic campaign worker's alleged sexual harassment of a subordinate.
"In the wake of new sexual harassment allegations against a Madigan affiliate, I called on Mike Madigan to step down as House Speaker. The culture of harassment and abuse in the Capitol makes clear he is not fit to lead," said State Rep. and Attorney General candidate Scott Drury (D-Highwood) in a tweet.
“The office of House Speaker is a powerful position that carries with it a great deal of responsibility. It is because of Speaker Madigan’s failure to carry out the responsibility of his leadership position that we’re at this point. He failed to do his job and ensure that a Legislative Inspector General was in place and that complaints were handled in a timely manner," said Republican State Rep. and candidate for governor Jeanne Ives in a statement calling for Madigan to step down.
Former Democratic campaign worker Alaina Hampton said it took months for the party to investigate her claims of sexual harassment against political consultant Kevin Quinn. Madigan announced Quinn's firing on Monday.
Illinois Democratic candidate for governor Chris Kennedy called for Madigan to temporarily step down as chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party while Hampton's claims are investigated. He said Madigan should step down if the investigation reveals Madigan protected Quinn from the allegations.
Madigan dismissed the calls for him to step down from the speakership or the chairmanship of the party, characterizing the pleas as politically motivated by those who are aligned with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner.