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Senator Melinda Bush speaks to a reporterSPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate passed a number of measures to address the issue of sexual harassment in the capital, including a resolution from Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) to create the Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention.

“While the legislation passed today to address the issue of sexual harassment at the Capitol is a step in the right direction, it's important that we take a long-term approach to change the culture and eliminate sexual harassment,” Bush said. “The Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention will allow a diverse group of individuals to take a deeper look the problem and come up with meaningful reforms to really make a difference going forward.”

The task force will be made up of members of the Senate and individuals from statewide associations representing women or working to advance civil rights. The task force will conduct a comprehensive review of the legal and social consequences of sexual harassment and discrimination, and will make recommendations on how to combat them in Illinois.

“The creation of this task force will ensure that the votes taken today are just the beginning of the conversation, and that we aren't just checking off boxes to say we took action on the issue,” Bush said.

The task force will hold its first meeting no later than December 15, 2017.

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