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Illinois State Rep. Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, casts his vote for Illinois State Rep. Emanuel

Emmanuel ‘Chris’ Welch tasked with bringing Illinois into a new era as Speaker of the House

Nika Schoonover, Politics Editor January 18, 2021

Illinois Democrats ousted former Speaker Michael Madigan after his nearly four decades in office when Emmanuel “Chris” Welch was elected the state’s first Black speaker of the House. Welch is tasked...

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