Speaker Emanuel ‘Chris’ Welch seeks to put his stamp on Illinois House – Herald & Review


“We’re going to certainly have our partisan differences,” Butler said. “But I think, hopefully, we’ll find ways to work together and hopefully, the institution will run in a more collaborative open fashion that it has in the past.”

A new day and the issues ahead

Welch said there are four pressing issues that need to be addressed during this legislative session: the COVID-19 pandemic, a budget deficit estimated at nearly $4 billion, ethics reform and the once-a-decade redistricting process.

Welch also said the legislature will be more active in 2021 than it was last year, when the COVID-19 pandemic led the chamber to only meet for a handful of days beyond March.

The new House rules set to be adopted next month are expected to address the concept of remote legislating, which would allow the House to convene virtually, especially during the early committee process.

“I expect the legislature to be back in business in 2021 and very active in the process.”

Welch will also face challenges on the political front, charged with protecting his 73-member supermajority in the 2022 elections.

Madigan controlled several committees through his roles as speaker, state representative, 13th Ward committeeman and chair of the Democratic Party of Illinois. He was often entrusted by key Democratic constituencies like labor unions and trial lawyers to move money around to key legislative races.


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January 29, 2021 at 07:40PM

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