Democratic Campaign Worker Says Madigan Aide Was Protected After Harassment Complaint

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Kevin Quinn, who worked for the speaker for almost 20 years, was terminated after Wier Vaught "conducted numerous interviews" and "reviewed the evidence" in the case, Madigan said Monday. Quinn is the younger brother of 13th Ward Alderman Marty Quinn.

Kevin Quinn was her supervisor and nearly immediately began sending inappropriate text messages, asking her out and complimenting her on Facebook photos taken while on vacation, Hampton said.

Madigan announced the dismissal of a longtime aide after charges he "made unwanted advances" and sent a woman "inappropriate text messages". "I'm not interested. I just want to do my work". In November, she wrote Madigan a personal letter, and he had an attorney investigate. She also asked for my discretion, and indicated she did not want others to know about the situation, and that Kevin not be further reprimanded.

Kulwin said they brought a complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

In her text replies to Quinn she said, "I need you to stop". "I never wanted to do this but I know that my silence only protects the perpetrator and the organization, which will allow this situation to happen to someone else".

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Calls to a listed number for Kevin Quinn went unanswered Tuesday. For the record, Kevin was previously an employee of my State office, and he will not be returning to that role.

His alderman brother released a statement through Madigan's office saying he thought he was protecting "Hampton's privacy" and honoring her wishes in not speaking out. He said he told Kevin Quinn to cease the unwanted messages and "such behavior would not be tolerated". He was remorseful and acknowledged his poor judgment. It was championed by Madigan, but who now faces calls for his resignation, including from the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Chris Kennedy. Madigan said his team is actively taking steps to make those changes.

Kevin Quinn recently pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and his estranged wife has an order of protection against him.

Madigan said his legal counsel also proposed several recommendations to prevent inappropriate behavior and improving methods for reporting and responding to similar allegations. I immediately consulted with my attorney, Heather Wier Vaught, and directed her to conduct a thorough investigation.