Leahy calls for Madigan's resignation amid harassment claims against staffer
Bannockburn School District 106 Board of Education member Jake Leahy has joined the growing number of elected state officials calling for the resignation of House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) in light of claims of sexual harassment against a staffer in his office.
“I am joining Democratic State Rep. Scott Drury in calling for Mike Madigan to resign in light of the revelations that sexual harassment claims against a staffer in the Speaker’s office were swept under the rug,” Leahy said in a press release. “In light of the ‘Me Too’ movement, we cannot allow our government leaders to be complicit in sexual harassment. This is not a partisan issue, it needs to be a priority for all aspects of government to properly deal with these types of issues in a timely manner. For this reason, I call on Mike Madigan to resign from the Illinois House of Representatives, because of his failure to properly deal with this situation in his own office.”
Leahy, the youngest elected official in Illinois, added that the problem of sexual harassment isn’t just limited to Springfield.
“Although this may be an issue in Springfield, I am committed to working with the Bannockburn School District 106 administration to improve our own sexual harassment policies,” he said in a post on Facebook, according to the release. “We all need to take responsibility, for not doing enough proactively on this issue.”
An 18-year-old student at the University of Illinois, Leahy became the youngest elected official in Illinois last April.
Bannockburn School District 106 includes portions of Bannockburn, Deerfield, Riverwoods, and Highland Park.