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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...

City Clerk Susana Mendoza, a candidate for Illinois Comptroller, campaigns in Rogers Park. (Brenden Moore/The DePaulia)

Mendoza makes case in comptroller’s race

Brenden Moore September 19, 2016

The wearied late-August sun beat down relentlessly and unimpeded, almost like a last gasp of summer before the dog days turn into school days. Despite a pristine scene along the nation’s Third Coast...

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