State Week: Warrant Suggests Broad Corruption Probe; Report Details Harassment By Speakers' Aides
More details come out about FBI raids on the home and offices of state Sen. Martin Sandoval. The Legislative inspector general is out with two reports about sexual harassment under House Speaker Michael Madigan's watch. And Planned Parenthood has been secretly building a new facility in Illinois near St. Louis.
The Illinois Senate responded to open-records requests for information about the Sandoval raids by releasing copies of the FBI search warrant and a list of items agents removed from the Capitol. Though the office of Senate President John Cullerton heavily redacted the documents, they nevertheless suggest a broad corruption investigation.
Meanwhile, Gov. J.B. Pritzker made his first public appearance in more than a month — since announcing he'd broken his leg — and called for Sandoval's ouster as chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. But Cullerton has so far decided to keep Sandoval in not only the committee chairmanship but also in a leadership postition in the Democrtic caucus.
Elsewhere in state government, Illinois' legislative inspector found that two former Madigan aides — chief of staff Tim Mapes and campaign worker Kevin Quinn — sexually harassed colleagues. She would have have recommended firing them, but since both already left government service, she recommended they be barred from future state jobs or contracts.
Finally, Planned Parenthood secretly built a large abortion clinic in Illinois just across the river from St. Louis. Missouri is among the states that have been limiting abortion access, and the last clinic there is fighting to stay open.