Rep. Wehrli this week toured the DuPagePads (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) Shelter in Wheaton and met with Executive Director Carol Simler about the facility's current projects and ongoing needs.

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Recent reports that incidents of sexual harassment in the Illinois General Assembly are not promptly investigated, or are not even reported due to fear of retaliation, are proof that the legislative ethics review system is in need of a complete overhaul, stressed State Representative Grant Wehrli. Wehrli, along with Representatives Keith Wheeler and Mark Batinick, today introduced a series of reforms that will give deference to complainants in such cases, and ensure their claims receive a fair and unbiased review.

“I’m very pleased that after more than a year we finally have a Legislative Inspector General in place this week. I’m confident Julie Porter will do an excellent job. But there’s more we must do to correct the fundamental flaws in the process that for years have made harassment victims hesitant to come forward because they felt the system was stacked against them. It’s that bias that we’re targeting with these reforms,” said Rep. Wehrli (R-Naperville).
Statement of State Representative Grant Wehrli:

“This week’s testimony in the House Personnel and Pensions Committee detailing accounts of sexual
harassment in state government was enlightening, and it left me feeling both angry and sad. Sexual harassment in any form must not be tolerated – ever. I applaud victims for coming forward and speaking out. Moving forward, we must have a clear procedure in place where they, and those who witness the harassment, can immediately report the incident without fear for their safety or their livelihood.

I was glad to hear Speaker Madigan agree that we also need to promptly fill the position of Legislative Inspector General that has been vacant for several years. Witnesses testified that without an Inspector General in place, they didn’t know where to go to report what had happened to them.”
 -State Representative Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville)