The Latest: Madigan defends conduct in sex-harassment review

CHICAGO (AP) — House Speaker Michael Madigan denies that a long-time campaign worker wouldn’t have been fired for sexual harassment had his accuser not gone public.

The Chicago Democrat spoke to reporters Tuesday in Springfield. He announced Monday that he dismissed political aide Kevin Quinn for sending inappropriate messages to campaign subordinate Alaina Hampton.

The statement came the day after the Chicago Tribune published Hampton’s account.

Madigan first learned of Hampton’s complaint in a letter sent to his home in November 2017.

Heather Wier Vaught (WYR’ VAWT) is attorney for Madigan’s campaign committee. She says Madigan asked her to investigate. Vaught says it took nearly three months because investigations need to be “fair and balanced.”

Madigan dismissed calls for him to step down as state Democratic Party Chairman or as the nation’s longest-serving state House speaker.