Mayor Emanuel: City Hall joins ad campaign explaining sexual harassment

You may have seen them on TV, public service ads designed to show exactly what sexual harassment looks like.

One of the campaign's creators joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel at City Hall on Monday.  

After Mayor Emanuel promised City Hall would help to promote his anti-sexual harassment campaign, co-creator David Schwimmer said the problem extends beyond Hollywood.

“I don't know if it's getting better or worse to be honest with you. I think there's more fear and consequences now. So, maybe there's hope,” Schwimmer said.

The mayor's brother, Hollywood super-agent Ari Emanuel, committed his company last fall to reducing sexual harassment after allegations against one of his clients. Mayor Emanuel's words now echo what his brother was quoted as saying last November.

“This ad is about awareness. And its awareness that leads to empowerment. And its empowerment that leads to action,” Mayor Emanuel said.

The mayor boasted of the large number of women in his cabinet, including his Human Relations Commissioner, Mona Noriega.

“Chicagoans will be educated about sexual harassment by seeing what harassment is through these ads in our city's taxicabs, street displays and digital billboards,” said Noriega.

As City Hall is dealt with the issue, politicians in Springfield were dealing with their #MeToo scandal. Newly re-elected as the longest serving Democratic party chairman in Illinois history, Speaker Mike Madigan vowed to make anti-harassment of party workers his top priority.

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