Illinois State Senate Women's Caucus

SPRINGFIELD - Outraged by a possible sexual assault cover-up, the Illinois Senate Women’s Caucus is asking anyone with information to come forward.

The request comes in response to a WBEZ article regarding a 2012 email to officials within then-Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration that references someone keeping quiet about “the rape in Champaign.”

“That email is horrifying. If anyone has any information about this crime, please contact authorities. Sexual assault will not be tolerated. We need to get to the bottom of this and hold people accountable,” said Sen. Linda Holmes, an Aurora Democrat and co-chair of the Senate Women’s Caucus.

“I am stunned and disturbed that keeping quiet about a rape was so casually offered up as proof of loyalty. This needs to be investigated thoroughly and anyone who helped cover it up needs to face the consequences. Please, if you know anything at all about this incident, contact the appropriate authorities,” said Sen. Sue Rezin, a Morris Republican and co-chair of the Senate Women’s Caucus.

If you have information please contact:

Champaign County State’s Attorney, 217-384-3733

Illinois State Police, 217-786-7107

Illinois Executive Inspector General, 217-558-5600 or 312-814-5600.