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State workers’ suit against Duckworth spills into Senate bid
In this July 31, 2015 photo, U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth appears before the Chicago City Council's finance committee in Chicago. Duckworth is facing a civil lawsuit in which she is accused of retaliation by two veterans’ home employees while she led the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs. A pretrial hearing is set for Tuesday August 4, 2015 in the case in Jonesbero, Ill. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

State workers’ suit against Duckworth spills into Senate bid

A civil lawsuit alleging ethics violations nearly a decade ago has become an issue in a Democratic congresswoman’s bid to unseat first-term Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk in what is expected to be one of the country’s most competitive 2016 Senate races.

The complaint alleging workplace retaliation was filed by two employees of a southern Illinois veterans’ home against Tammy Duckworth, now a Chicago area congresswoman who at the time led the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.

The suit was dismissed by a federal judge in 2008 as a “garden variety workplace case.” It was refiled in state court and dismissed again, but then narrowed and brought back a third time. A judge has scheduled a hearing on the complaint for Tuesday, with a trial date tentatively set for next April, a month after the Senate primaries.

Source: State workers’ suit against Duckworth spills into Senate bid – Yahoo News