The Latest: Workplace lawsuit against Duckworth settled


JONESBORO, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on a settlement of a workplace retaliation lawsuit filed against U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois(all times local):

6 p.m.

The campaigns of U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth and U.S. Senator Mark Kirk are reacting to a $26,000 settlement of a workplace retaliation lawsuit filed against Duckworth.

The Illinois attorney general’s office said Friday that the case was settled at “nuisance value” and that there was no finding of any violation of law.

The Democratic congresswoman’s campaign said the settlement was “appropriate” for what it called a “frivolous” workplace case. But the campaign for the Republican senator asserted that Duckworth would not have settled the case if she were not guilty.

The attorney general’s office represented Duckworth in the case. Two employees of a home for veterans alleged Duckworth violated state ethics laws by taking action against them when she was head of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.

This item has been corrected to reflect that the Illinois attorney general’s office said the case was settled at “nuisance value” and that there was no finding of any violation of law.

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5:40 p.m.

A settlement in the workplace retaliation lawsuit against U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth has concluded with an agreement that no law was violated.

The settlement removes what has been a distraction for the Democratic congresswoman is challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk in one of November’s most competitive Senate races.

The Illinois attorney general’s office announced the agreement Friday after a hearing in Union County. The office represented Duckworth in the case.

Two employees of a home for veterans alleged Duckworth violated state ethics laws by taking action against them when she was head of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.

Duckworth’s supporters called the case a politically motivated nuisance lawsuit.