SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Chicago, issued the following statement after being sworn in as state representative of the 7th District for the 101st General Assembly:
“After four years of Gov. Rauner’s failed leadership, Illinois is ready for a fresh start. The residents of our state resoundingly rejected the partisan gridlock and political games that have become all too common in Springfield.
“Working families in Illinois deserve a fair deal that will lift up all residents. Over the next two years, I will continue my fight to provide tax relief to the middle-class by asking the ultra-wealth to pay their fair share, to give our schools and higher education institutions the resources they need to thrive, to ensure access to quality healthcare for all and to pay a living wage to every Illinoisan that is willing to put in an honest day’s work.
“Moving forward, we owe residents a government that works to address the problems that our communities are facing. While we may not agree on every issue, I have faith in my colleagues—both Democrat and Republican—to turn a new page and begin a collaborative effort to improve the lives of every individual that calls Illinois home.
“Solving our state’s problems will require tough choices and good-faith compromise. It will not be an easy task, however I am confident that by working together we can build a brighter future for Illinois.”