Reform Group Speaks on Harassment Backlash in Springfield
Politics & Government Reporter Eric Bradach was quoted in this article.
Via – Alton Daily News
“Amid repeated harassment allegations in Springfield, a transparency group says Illinois open records laws are what were lacking and were never addressed.
Illinois lawmakers are largely exempt from open records laws and not subject to Freedom of Information Act requests. One reason for this is that individual members of the House and Senate are individuals, not public bodies. Even powerful members of the General Assembly aren’t public bodies. It was that exception that helped shield them from the public amid anonymous allegations of harassment by hundreds of women and a handful who publicly named their alleged harassers.
Eric Bradach, spokesman with the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, said information about inappropriate behavior by lawmakers had to be released by the women who accused them”