Terry Link

Ill. Legislature's inspector: 'I can make a difference here'

The first person in two years to hold the post of inspector general for the Illinois General Assembly said Monday she took the temporary position amid Statehouse disarray over sexual-harassment complaints because "I can make a difference here."

Julie Porter, a former federal prosecutor whose private legal work includes investigations and civil rights complaints, told The Associated Press that her aim is to ensure allegations of misconduct against lawmakers or their staff members are dealt with sincerely and seriously.

Members of the General Assembly serving on the Legislative Ethics Commission scrambled to appoint Porter in a special meeting Saturday. Emergency...