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In this Friday, May 30, 2014 file photo, lawmakers are seen on the House floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield Ill. More than two-dozen legislators, about 15 percent of the General Assembly, have either resigned months into the current session or said they won't seek re-election. 

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois General Assembly returns to Springfield on Tuesday for the final days of its fall session after spending last week wrestling a sexual-harassment quandary.

The House could take up action on legislation by House Speaker Michael Madigan to prohibit sexual harassment in the ethics law , require awareness training and put the legislative inspector general in charge of enforcement.

Focus shifted when critics pointed out that the inspector general's office was vacant for two years.

Then a legislative advocate publicized her experience with sexual harassment in the Capitol. She noted there's no one to investigate her case or other cases.

Former federal prosecutor Julie Porter was hurriedly named temporarily to the post Saturday.

Senate President John Cullerton plans legislation allowing Porter to extend the time limit for investigating existing claims.


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