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Rep. Jerry Long asked to resign amid harassment allegations

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STREATOR, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

A Central Illinois state representative is being asked to resign by party leadership amid allegations of harassment. 

Rep. Jerry Long (R-Streator) was asked to resign by House Republican leadership after they became aware of allegations against the freshman representative over the Labor Day weekend. 

"We immediately brought in a third party firm to investigate these allegations, and upon completion of their report on September 12, a decision was made to withdraw support of Rep. Long’s campaign, restrict access to all caucus resources and recommend he step down from his position," said Eleni Demertzis, a spokeswoman for House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs). 

House Republican leadership said they are withholding the name of the complaintant to protect his or her privacy. 

As of Thursday afternoon, an official website for Long was removed from the Internet. His campaign site is still active. 

A representative at Long's office said he has no comment. 

Long's 76th District covers parts or all of Putnam, Livingston, LaSalle and Bureau counties.

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