PHILADELPHIA - Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate Tammy Duckworth will be addressing a national audience Thursday night just before the party's 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton gives her acceptance speech in Philadelphia.
But back home, Illinoisans will be buzzing about the workplace retaliation lawsuit Duckworth will be facing August 15th. The two ladies that sued Duckworth for her actions while she was heading the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs say they were "insulted" by the Duckworth campaign smearing them by saying their lawsuit was "frivolous."
As a result, they rejected Duckworth's proposed settlement and are proceeding with the lawsuit.
The Daily Herald reports:
Plaintiffs Denise Goins and Christine Butler told the Daily Herald Wednesday they were insulted by the Duckworth campaign's June 24 response to the settlement, with deputy campaign manager Matt McGrath releasing a statement describing the suit as "a frivolous workplace case" that dragged on for more than eight years.
"Within an hour of leaving the courthouse, her campaign decided to swing us through the mud again," Butler said. "So we emailed our attorney to let him know we want to proceed to trial."
The women say they received no pressure from the Kirk campaign to reject the settlement offer.
"We are both nonpolitical people. When we initiated the very first formal complaint, we had no idea she had political aspirations," Butler said. "We would have been happy to be done with it years ago."
The case dates back to 2007, when Goins and Butler, two longtime employees of the downstate Anna Veterans Home, made ethics complaints about their boss.
The rest of the Daily Herald story is HERE.