Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) announced the appointment of five Senate Republicans and seven additional members who will serve on the newly created Senate Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention.
“This is an important first step in changing the culture in the Capitol,” said Brady. “I applaud each of these Senators who are willing to serve on this important Task Force.”
As part of the Task Force’s composition, each Senate leader will make 12 appointments. On Nov. 13, Brady announced his five legislator appointments. The remaining seven appointees announced Nov. 17 are comprised of statewide associations that represent women or work to advance civil rights (2) and members of the public (5).
“In making these appointments, it is important to bring both diversity and an outside perspective to how best address this important issue in the public and private sectors,” said Brady. “I want to commend those who are willing to serve on this Task Force, and I look forward to working with them when their recommendations are presented.”
Appointed to the Task Force are Senators:
Pam Althoff (R-32nd District)
Karen McConnaughay (R-33rd District)
John Curran (R-41st District)
Jil Tracy (R-47th District)
Dale Righter (R-55th District)
The two members from statewide associations that represent women or work to advance civil rights are:
Ahlam Jbara – Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Dr. Kathleen Robbins – Equality Illinois
The five members of the public include:
Maria Rodriguez – Former Mayor of Long Grove
Maureen Maffei – Attorney, Ice Miller
Julie Proscia – Attorney, Smith Admundsen
Anita Rodriguez – Assistant State’s Attorney, Adams County
TBD – Awaiting final confirmation
The goal of the new task force will be to conduct a comprehensive review of legal and social consequences of sexual discrimination and harassment in both the public and private sectors. The Task Force will study and make recommendations on combating sexual discrimination and harassment in workplaces, educational institutions, and in State and local government.
Members of the Task Force will not receive compensation for their service and will submit a report to the General Assembly by Dec. 31, 2018.