The Illinois Legislative Inspector General found two employees of House Speaker Michael Madigan harassed other employees and should never be allowed to work for the state again.
The new report comes weeks after another report highlighted bullying and harassment within Madigan’s operations.
Madigan has said there’s no culture of harassment and intimidation coming from him.
In June 2018 Madigan’s longtime Chief of Staff and Clerk of the House Tim Mapes was fired after House employee Sherri Garrett publicly accused him of bullying and repeated harassment over several years.
Just a few months earlier in February 2018, Kevin Quinn, a longtime political operative in Madigan’s Democratic Party of Illinois was accused by campaign staffer Alaina Hampton of sexual harassment. He was later fired from both the political and state government jobs.
At that time, Madigan was asked if there was a culture of bullying and harassment within his office.
“There’s no culture with me,” Madigan said. “We don’t tolerate inappropriate behavior. We just don’t tolerate it.”
Last month a report from former Office of Executive Inspector General Maggie Hickey found bullying, harassment and bad behavior were widespread at the state capitol, including in Madigan’s operations.
The Legislative Inspector General released its findings Wednesday on two specific cases.
Legislative Inspector General Carol Pope said she found Garrett to be “entirely credible” in her allegations regarding Mapes.
“It was clear to me that Ms. Garrett is still traumatized by Mr. Mapes’ inappropriate conduct over many years,” Pope said. “Even though Ms. Garret is now retired, when recounting the events described above, Ms. Garrett was trembling and emotional wrought.”
Pope also said witnesses corroborated Garrett’s statements.
“I find Mr. Mapes had a long history of making inappropriate sexual comments and I also find these comments created an intimidating, hostile and offensive work environment,” Pope said. “I further find Mr. Mapes declined to cooperate with my investigation.”
“I recommend that a memo from the Speaker be placed in Tim Mapes’ official state personnel file, stating that he … never be hired as a state employee or contractor,” Pope said.
In a six-page response, Mapes’ attorney requested the Legislative Ethics Commission, a body of state lawmakers that decides if founded reports of wrongdoing are made public, reconsider the decision to publish the findings and to reject them. Attorney James Pullos said the evidence was “grossly insufficient.”
“Mapes did not commit sexual harassment,” Pullos said. “Mapes was not required to participate in any LIG investigation.”
In the Ethics Commission report on Quinn, the Inspector General had mixed findings.
Hampton alleged in 2016 that her supervisor, Quinn, was harassing her with inappropriate text messages. Quinn would work for Madigan’s political operations some of the time and was a state employee at other times. Only after Hampton went to Kevin Quinn’s brother, Chicago Ald. Marty Quinn, about the harassment, did it stop, the report said.
“The messages that K. Quinn sent to Hampton plainly had the effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, and offensive working environment for Hampton,” Pope said, but because of a lack of clarity on whether a law that passed after the alleged harassment was retroactive “I do not believe the sexual harassment provision … applies to K. Quinn.”
Pope said she considered the cyberstalking statute, but noted the Attorney General's office declined criminal prosecution.
“My predecessor [Julie Porter] referred this matter to the Office of the Illinois Attorney General,” Pope wrote, “the Attorney General’s office notified me they were declining to bring a criminal prosecution against [Quinn].”
Pope concluded Quinn violated the Illinois State Officials and Employees Ethics Act by refusing to cooperate with the investigation.
Pope also recommended Quinn never be hired as a state employee or contractor.
“I would like to take this opportunity to once again apologize to Ms. Alaina Hampton,” Kevin Quinn wrote in a letter published by the Ethics Commission. “I take full responsibility for my behavior. I also want to take this opportunity to apologize to my family, my ex-wife, my former employer and former coworkers.”
“I look forward to putting this matter behind me and remain focused on continuing to rebuild my life,” he wrote.
Hampton applauded Pope and Porter “for the work and commitment that was put into this investigation.”
“It is my firm belief that in order to combat the culture of harassment that has prevented the organizations chaired by Speaker Madigan, victims must first feel safe in coming forward with their allegations,” Hampton wrote in a letter the Ethics Commission published.
Hampton took issue with what she said were “inaccuracies” in the report. She said the work she did for the Democratic Party was paid for by Friends of Michael J. Madigan and the Democratic Majority, not from the Democratic Party of Illinois. Madigan is chairman of both Friends of Michael J. Madigan and the Democratic Party of Illinois. Hampton also made it clear that she reported the harassment to Madigan, not his attorney, in November 2017 and said Madigan’s attorney, Heather Wier Vaught, “is engaging in a continued effort to silence me, undermine my credibility, and further damage my career, all to protect Speaker Madigan and his organizations.”
Hampton sued Madigan over retaliation allegations she said stemmed from her decision to report the sexual harassment. That lawsuit remains pending.
Madigan said in a letter to Pope published this week that “harassment and discrimination by any employee of the Office of the Speaker will not be tolerated, and therefore, I concur with your recommendation.”
He asked that the reports be released without redaction.