Speaker Madigan Dismisses Long-Time Consultant On Harassment Charge

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan talks with Amanda Vinicky and WBBM;s Craig Dellimore.

In an undated photo, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is interviewed by Amanda Vinicky and WBBM's Craig Dellimore.

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Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has dismissed a long-time political consultant after an investigation found he sent inappropriate text messages to a colleague. Madigan identified the consultant as Kevin Quinn in a statement Monday.

Madigan attorney Heather Wier Vaught says the female colleague is a political consultant not employed by Madigan.

Vaught says Quinn texted the woman seeking a date in 2016. There were fewer than a dozen texts but they continued after the woman told Quinn she wasn't interested.

Quinn is a longtime employee of Madigan’s political operation. Filings with the State Board of Elections show Quinn made more than $500,000 since 1999 doing campaign work.

Quinn is the brother of Chicago Alderman Marty Quinn, who represents part of the city’s southwest side.

The Associated Press reports that a message left at a telephone number listed to Quinn was not returned.

Campaign records show that Madigan-affiliated political committees have paid Quinn $513,000 since 1999.

The woman came forward in November as Madigan was pressing legislation to clearly define sexual harassment as a state ethics-code violation.

This all comes after the Me Too movement brought attention to the lack of options women had to bring forward complaints of sexual harassment in state politics.

Story source: AP