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House GOP leader promotes sexual-harassment hotline

House GOP leader promotes sexual-harassment hotline
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Republican leader of the Illinois House wants to establish a hotline for helping victims of sexual harassment.
Minority Leader Jim Durkin says his legislation would create a "safe outlet" for victims seeking counseling, protective services or assistance in filing a sexual harassment complaint.
It would be available to anyone in the state.
The measure from the Western Springs Republican comes as the state Capitol reels from complaints about harassment.
House Speaker Michael Madigan introduced legislation requiring awareness training for all lawmakers and lobbyists.
That prompted testimony from political activist Denise Rotheimer that she was harassed last year by Sen. Ira Silverstein of Chicago. The Democrat has resigned his leadership position.
Rotheimer questioned why hear year-old complaint had seen no action. Lawmakers scrambled to fill a vacant investigative post.
Judge refuses to dismiss charges in Laquan McDonald case
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge had rejected a motion to dismiss the first-degree murder charges against the Chicago Police accused in the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald.
At a hearing on Monday, Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan dismissed the motion filed by Van Dyke's attorney, Dan Herbert because he said he didn't agree that Jason Van Dyke's right to a speedy trial was violated.
During the same hearing, Herbert announced he was filing another motion to have the case against Van Dyke thrown out because of what he says was prosecutorial misconduct  by Cook County prosecutors who had the case before it was assigned to a special prosecutor.
Van Dyke is charged in the 2014 shooting of McDonald. A dashcam video shows Van Dyke shooting the teenager 16 times.
Illinois State Police begin 'Silver Search' training
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois State Police officials have launched statewide training for officers in dealing with Alzheimer's disease patients who wander away and need to be found.
"Silver Search" training will continue for two years and involve 2,500 police officers and dispatchers. Informational cards will also be distributed to every officer.
State Police Director Leo Schmitz says the Silver Search curriculum includes warning signs to look for, communication skills and procedures for activating a Silver Search.
Research shows that 60 percent of those with Alzheimer's disease will wander at some point after their diagnosis.
An Endangered Missing Person Advisory alerts the public through highway signs and lottery terminals, the Silver Search website and social media.
A public awareness campaign will include radio and TV spots, billboards and social media announcements in English and Spanish.

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