Timothy Mapes

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A Chicago lawmaker has been named interim executive director of the Democratic Party of Illinois.

Rep. Christian Mitchell will replace Timothy Mapes, who stepped down from the post and from his job as chief of staff to House Speaker Michael Madigan amid sexual harassment allegations.

Mitchell will be the first African-American to serve in the position. In a statement Tuesday Mitchell says he looks forward to working to assure Democratic victories this fall and "charting a new and inclusive path forward for our party."

Madigan will continue as party chairman.

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The chief of staff to powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan abruptly resigned Wednesday, at Madigan's request, after an employee accused him of lewd comments and of mishandling complaints of sexual harassment.

 

Sherri Garrett, a $42,000-a-year account technician for the House, told a news conference in Chicago that Timothy Mapes brushed aside her complaints of lawmakers' harassment of her and other women on at least two occasions.