SPRINGFIELD — Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch made history Wednesday by becoming the first Bla...

New Illinois House speaker pledges cross-party cooperation – KPVI News 6

SPRINGFIELD — Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch made history Wednesday by becoming the first Black person elected speaker of the Illinois House, succeeding Rep. Michael Madigan, the longest serving legislative leader in modern American history.  The House came into session Wednesday afternoon to begin the 102nd General Assembly just moments after it adjourned a rare lame duck session that ended the 101st biennial session. Speaking on the floor of the Bank of Springfield Center – where the House has been meeting …


 


 

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