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Chris Welch

Welch To Become State's First Black Speaker Of Illinois House

Jan 13, 2021
Gordon-Booth and Welch
Justin L. Fowler / STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER

UPDATED 9:05 p.m. | One of the most transformative six-day periods in the history of Illinois government came to an end Wednesday with the election of Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, as the state’s House speaker – the first Black man to hold the title.

Loyola guard Ben Richardson walking
Brynn Anderson / AP

When the men's basketball team at Loyola University in Chicago defied the odds last year by advancing to the Final Four for the first time in 50 years, the Ramblers became a national sensation.