State police executed a search warrant this week at Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s Capitol offices as part of their investigation into sexual misconduct and other allegations against former state rep. and McHenry County Board chairman Jack Franks.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that a search warrant was obtained as “probable cause exists for the crimes of criminal sexual abuse, criminal sexual assault, official misconduct, stalking and aggravated battery.”
The warrant was executed on Wednesday afternoon and state police requested personnel, human resources and other files that contained information related to “allegations of wrongdoing or misconduct by former Illinois State Representative Jack D. Franks,” the Sun-Times reported.
The search warrant also asked for complaints related to sexual misconduct, harassment, stalking or other misconduct by Franks, the Sun-Times added.
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s office released a statement Friday saying they received a complaint alleging sexual harassment involving an employee and a former Illinois state representative.
“Speaker Madigan and the Chief of Staff were immediately notified and an investigation was initiated [on November, 19, 2018]. Based on the allegations involved in the complaint, Speaker Madigan directed his Counsel to notify the alleged perpetrator that they were prohibited from any contact with employees in the Office and from visiting the Capitol complex,” the statement said.
In February 2019, the speaker’s office determined that the allegations were credible and contact various law enforcement agencies the following month to report the conduct.
“In an effort to cooperate with any potential outside investigation, the Office of the Speaker preserved all documents related to the investigation and offered full cooperation,” the speaker’s office said in the statement.
Illinois State Police executed the search warrant Wednesday to “expedite receipt of documents related to the allegations, and documents were immediately provided,” the statement added.
Franks denied any wrongdoing when contacted by both the Northwest Herald and the Sun-Times. No charges have been filed by state police, who have refused to release any information on the investigation.