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Michael Madigan

Illinois AG: Duckworth lawsuit settlement final

A settlement in the workplace retaliation lawsuit against Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth is final and the plaintiffs can't back out even if no paperwork was signed, the Illinois Attorney General's office said Thursday.

One of two women who sued Duckworth said Wednesday they wanted out of the agreement because they felt the congresswoman was tarnishing their reputations by still calling their allegations false. They said they also were upset that Duckworth's campaign referred to their lawsuit as frivolous shortly after the agreement was announced last month.

The lawsuit has posed a potential obstacle in Duckworth's campaign to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk in...