Willis Commits to Fighting Sexual Harassment in Illinois Politics

Springfield, Ill. – After more than 150 women who work at the state Capitol came forward with their stories of misogyny and predatory behavior in and around Illinois politics, state Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, is supporting two legislative measures that will work to fight sexual harassment and change the culture in Springfield.

“I am deeply disturbed by these allegations and now is the time to take action,” Willis said. “Everyone has the right to feel comfortable while at work and should not have to worry about unwanted advances and inappropriate behavior.”

Willis is supporting Senate Bill 402, which will mandate that all legislators, staff, and lobbyists complete yearly sexual harassment training as well as require lobbyists to put forth their sexual harassment policy and enforce it. Willis is also a cosponsor of House Joint Resolution 83, which resolves to fight the culture that allows sexual harassment in the State House.

“It is shameful that sexual harassment is so commonplace within Illinois politics,” Willis said. “I am committed towards working to making Springfield a much more welcoming place and empowering my fellow women who work in and around the Capitol.”

Willis is serving her third term in the Illinois General Assembly as State Representative of the 77th District, which includes O’Hare Airport and portions of Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, Stone Park, and Wood Dale.