Statement from Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch

“As of last month, Michael Madigan has dedicated 50 years of service to the Illinois House of Representatives. I thank the former Speaker for his sincere and meaningful contributions to our state. Under him, we’ve had strong, sustained Democratic leadership in...

Speaker Welch Releases Statement on Budget Address

Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch released a statement yesterday regarding Governor JB Pritzker’s budget address: “As expected, given the challenges of COVID-19 and the accompanying job loss and business disruption, this year’s budget requires hard...

Welch Announces New Appointments to House Democratic Leadership Team

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch today announced the committees and chairpersons of the 102nd General Assembly, including six new committees to work on pressing priorities facing Illinois residents during this time of crises. “Illinois is facing a...

Welch Announces Appointments to House Democratic Leadership Team

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch announced the members of his House Democratic leadership team Thursday, including state Reps. Jehan Gordon-Booth, Robyn Gabel, Jaime M. Andrade, Jr., and Jay Hoffman. “As we begin a new day in the House, I’m committed...

Rep. Welch on Return to Session: “The Time for Justice is Now”

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside issued the following statement ahead of the Illinois General Assembly convening for the first time since the spring of 2020: “It is critically important that the legislature meet in a safe fashion to...