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Illinois lawmakers to get new top watchdog with ‘strong background in sexual harassment’

An ethics expert and former central Illinois judge is set to be the Illinois General Assembly’s next top watchdog, filling a role that came under increased scrutiny amid a flood of sexual harassment complaints at the Capitol since late last year.

The latest quarterly report of the Legislative Ethics Commission says Porter had 17 investigations pending as of the end of September. Two are sexual harassment claims, four others are about alleged prohibited political activity, one is a retaliation claim and 10 fall under the “miscellaneous or uncharacterized” label. One case has been referred to a law enforcement agency, according to the report.


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