At 35 percent, Illinois ranks sixth in the nation when it comes to the percentage of state legislators who are women. But, as the national spotlight turned to the #metoo movement, Illinois was no exception when it came to allegations of sexual harassment in the statehouse.
Now, a new, nonpartisan Anti-Harassment, Equality and Access Panel aims to help eliminate harassment in the workplace, especially for women in government.
I spoke with two of the co-founders of the Anti-Harassment, Equality and Access Panel. Susana Mendoza has served as the Illinois Comptroller since 2016. She has also served as the City Clerk for the city of Chicago and was a state representative for the 1st District in Illinois.
Also joining us was State Sen. Melinda Bush who represents the 31st district which spans Northern Lake County.
(originally aired 8/14/18)