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Chicago Lawmaker In Sexual Harassment Probe Did Legal Work For Accuser’s Family

Executive Director Sarah Brune was quoted in this article.


“An Illinois lawmaker accused of sexual harassment by a victim rights advocate represented the woman’s father in at least two legal disputes while pushing her bill in Springfield and as the alleged sexual misconduct occurred, WBEZ has found.

This interaction between state Sen. Ira Silverstein, D-Chicago, and activist Denise Rotheimer represents a new wrinkle in a case that has put a spotlight on sexual harassment in Illinois politics, imperiled the North Side lawmaker’s political career, and could threaten his law license.

In late October, Rotheimer released a massive trove of private Facebook messages from June of 2015 through November 2016. She said the messages detailed repeated sexual harassment by the 17-year lawmaker as she sought his help on legislation to compensate crime victims for any legal fees they incur.”

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