Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch
Attorney; B.A., Northwestern University; J.D., John Marshall Law School; former member and president, Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education; partner, Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman, LLP; married, has two children.
CHICAGO – At the invitation of New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch will travel to Albany to visit the State Assembly on Tuesday, May 24.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Upon the historic confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus released the following statement:
Speaker Welch’s Statement on Confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson
House Democratic Committee Chairs Emphasize Need for Strong Investment in College Mental Health Services
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As budget discussions continue and the General Assembly nears adjournment, the chairs for the House Higher Education, Appropriations-Higher Education and Mental Health and Addiction Committees are encouraging their colleagues to support increased...
Springfield, IL – Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch is delighted to welcome back guests to the House of Representatives two years after a global health pandemic forced the chamber to institute health and safety mitigations.
“As Chair of the Special Investigating Committee, I made it clear that this matter needed to be handled in a court of law, completely separate from the legislature. As is evident by this federal indictment, the full weight of the justice system was needed to ensure all charges are investigated properly and thoroughly. At my direction, the Office of the Speaker has fully cooperated with the investigation and will continue to do so.”
“For the past two years, Dr. Ezike has dedicated herself to protecting the health and safety of all Illinoisans. She has been a calming and reassuring voice for our entire state as we navigated through a global health crisis. We owe Dr. Ezike our deepest gratitude for her continued commitment to keeping us all safe and I wish her luck in future endeavors.”
SPRINGFIELD – Amid an ongoing decline of COVID-19 hospitalizations, House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch announced on Monday that the House Chamber is relaxing some of the mitigations that were necessary during the height of the pandemic. The gallery will be open to members of the public at 50% capacity and outside visitors, such as clergy and pages, will be allowed on the floor.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Following the Democrat's commitment to ensure ethical oversight over the General Assembly, the Illinois House of Representatives took decisive action to appoint Michael McCuskey, a veteran judge of both federal district court and state circuit...
Speaker Welch announced on Thursday that House members will return to Springfield for legislative session next week.