4 Things To Know About Illinois' New House Speaker

By Celeste Bott (January 14, 2021, 9:31 PM EST) -- Ancel Glink partner Emanuel "Chris" Welch took the gavel of the Illinois House of Representatives on Wednesday, ending the decadeslong tenure of his embattled predecessor and becoming the first Black man to hold the state's speaker post.

Welch is an attorney who has largely represented municipalities and school districts, and was first elected to the state legislature in 2013. His rise marks a turning point in Illinois politics, as fellow Democrat Michael Madigan, 78, had led the chamber almost continuously since 1983 and had long been considered the most powerful politician in the state before becoming embroiled in a $200 million...

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