Chow joins Daniel Biss in calling for Speaker Madigan’s resignation over multiple sexual harassment charges in Springfield

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Chow joins Daniel Biss in calling for Speaker Madigan’s resignation over multiple sexual harassment charges in Springfield

Evanston, IL - 17th District candidate Candance Chow (D-Evanston) has joined gubernatorial candidate Daniel Biss in calling for the resignation of Speaker Madigan in light of continued reports of sexual harassment and abuse of power within his political operation. This follows a call from Candance Chow for Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz to return the over $40K in contributions from Mike Madigan, as reported in the Wilmette Patch and Evanston Roundtable last week.

“Our government in Springfield has allowed a culture of sexual harassment and discrimination of women in the workplace for too long,” said Chow. “While my campaign continues to highlight the need for reform in Springfield, we still have yet to hear a response from the Gong-Gershowitz campaign regarding these allegations of sexual harassment. It makes you wonder how much autonomy her campaign truly has from Madigan at this point.”

For the second time in a week, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has parted ways with a top lieutenant in his Democratic political organization, this time citing “inappropriate behavior by a volunteer toward a candidate and staff” during a 2016 campaign. Earlier this week, Madigan cut ties with political operative Kevin Quinn over allegations of sexual misconduct.

“I encourage Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, my rival backed by Madigan, to join me in demanding the resignation of Madigan as the leader of the Illinois Democratic Party,” Chow said. “We, Democrats, cannot be the party that tolerates and excuses this pervasive culture and mistreatment of women. As a mother of young girls, my life’s work is to create a world that empowers women, not subverts them.”