A woman has stepped forward and put her face behind the movement to out sexual harassment inside of Illinois politics. Today at a House legislative committee hearing Denise Rotheimer says Senate Democratic Whip Ira Silverstein harassed her. During her testimony, she says last year Silverstein would say uncomfortable things to her, message her on Facebook late and night even killed a bill for a while because he thought she had a boyfriend. Rotheimer claims she lost 20 pounds and her hair started falling out over the stress of the situation. She also says that she filed a complaint with Senate President John Cullerton and the Legislative Inspectors General Office. But that office hasn’t had an Inspector General since 2013.
In a statement to media members Silverstein says about Rotheimer’s allegations; “what she is saying is false”.