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Harassment ignored? 27 ethics complaints awaiting investigation at Illinois Capitol

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SPRINGFIELD, Il (KMOV.com) -- Are dozens of possible harassment claims being ignored at the Illinois State Capitol?

27 ethics complaints are sitting in a file, waiting for the appointment of an Inspector General to investigate.

"I think we're all to blame to be fairly honest," said Senator Karen McConnaughay ((R) South Elgin). "It's time to get independent counsel outside."

Names of the accuser, the accused and the claims are kept private.

Plus, any complaints that happened more than a year ago is beyond the statute of limitations.

"In many respects I think it's a toothless tiger mainly because of the secrecy. There's no transparency," said former Inspector General Thomas Homer.

The complaints were brought to light after a woman publicly accused State Senator Ira Silverstein of sexual harassment.

Silverstein resigned Wednesday as the party's Majority Caucus Chair. Senate President John Cullerton said in a statement the post will remain vacant for now.

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