Rep. Chris Welch to replace Mike Madigan as Illinois House speaker

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WLS) — Hillside Democrat Chris Welch will be the next speaker of the Illinois House, succeeding Mike Madigan, who has held the post for decades, ABC7’s Craig Wall reports.

Hillside Democrat Welch, a Madigan ally, is expected to receive a unanimous vote from Democrats for the vote Wednesday afternoon. He is set to bevome the first African-American to serve as Illinois House speaker.

Welch is having to deal with allegations surfacing of a domestic violence incident from 2002 involving a girlfriend who told Hillside police Welch slammed her head on a counter after an argument. Welch was also sued in 2010 by a different woman who alleged sexual harassment and retaliation.

Mike Madigan was at the Capital Wednesday and did not take part in the voting on his successor. His spokesman said he has boxed up some items in the speaker’s office, but is not packing up to move out at this point.

It was on Monday that

Madigan announced

he was suspending his bid for speaker after only getting 51 votes over the weekend.

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January 13, 2021 at 11:42AM

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