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Weinstein fallout: Statehouses say #MeToo

main stairway leading up to the third floor of the Senate and House chambers at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Photo: Seth Perlman / AP

Following the revelations that Harvey Weinstein has reportedly assaulted, raped, and sexually harassed women in exchange for advancing their careers in Hollywood, lawmakers, lobbyists, and consultants are calling out similar behavior in statehouses nationwide, where sexual favors are allegedly offered in exchange for legislative favors. Illinois is the latest to come forward, with more than 130 women signing on to a letter signed "The Women Who Make Illinois Run." AP's Sophia Tareen reports:

Why it matters: "Several risk factors for sexual harassment identified by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are deep-seated at state capitols: Lack of diversity, power disparities, tolerating or encouraging alcohol consumption, and many young staffers."