Chris Welch

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Chris Welch said : “There was nothing but pride on his face,” “There was a Black boy looking at his Black father because he had made history” External link

theherald-news Sunday, January 15, 2023 9:54:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch wrote : “he can appear sullen, lazy and difficult. He has an expressive face that appears to give away his every mood and thought” External link

guardian Thursday, January 12, 2023 7:40:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Everyone who is ready to do the work and meet the challenges of this moment will have a partner in me — always,” “But those who choose discord, those whose blind allegiance to extreme ideology would dismantle our fundamental institutions, those who would derail the work people have sent us here to do — they will find that this House will not waste the people’s time on their games” External link

suntimes Thursday, January 12, 2023 4:15:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "It’s time that we protect Illinois communities," "It’s time that we protect Illinois families. Let’s end families having to change overnight. Let’s not lose any more brothers and sisters, children to gun violence" External link

foxnews Wednesday, January 11, 2023 11:25:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “It’s time that we protect Illinois communities,” “It’s time that we protect Illinois families. Let’s end families having to change overnight. Let’s not lose any more brothers and sisters, children to gun violence” External link

news-yahoo Wednesday, January 11, 2023 4:19:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “It’s time that we protect Illinois communities,” “It’s time that we protect Illinois families. Let’s end families having to change overnight. Let’s not lose any more brothers and sisters, children to gun violence” External link

washtimes Wednesday, January 11, 2023 7:37:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “It’s time that we protect Illinois communities,” “It’s time that we protect Illinois families. Let’s end families having to change overnight. Let’s not lose any more brothers and sisters, children to gun violence” External link

seattlepi Wednesday, January 11, 2023 7:09:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “It’s time that we protect Illinois communities. It’s time that we protect Illinois families. Let’s end families having to change overnight. Let’s not lose any more brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, and children to gun violence,” External link

chicagotribune Wednesday, January 11, 2023 6:51:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “It’s time that we protect Illinois communities,” “It’s time that we protect Illinois families. Let’s end families having to change overnight. Let’s not lose any more brothers and sisters, children to gun violence” External link

independent-UK Wednesday, January 11, 2023 6:51:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “It’s time that we protect Illinois communities,” “It’s time that we protect Illinois families. Let’s end families having to change overnight. Let’s not lose any more brothers and sisters, children to gun violence” External link

beaumontenterprise Wednesday, January 11, 2023 6:49:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "This legislation includes a comprehensive, detailed, and updated list of assault weapons subject to the ban," External link

cbslocal Wednesday, January 11, 2023 6:22:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "That's something we should really be proud of. That's historic," External link

cbslocal Wednesday, January 11, 2023 6:22:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “It’s time that we protect Illinois communities. It’s time that we protect Illinois families. Let’s end families having to change overnight. Let’s not lose any more brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, and children to gun violence,” External link

chicagotribune Wednesday, January 11, 2023 4:54:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “It’s time that we protect Illinois communities,” “It’s time that we protect Illinois families. Let’s end families having to change overnight. Let’s not lose any more brothers and sisters, children to gun violence” External link

fox2now Wednesday, January 11, 2023 4:53:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : ”It’s time that we protect Illinois communities. It’s time that we protect Illinois families. Let’s end families having to change overnight. Let’s not lose anymore brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, and children to gun violence,” External link

eagletribune Wednesday, January 11, 2023 4:08:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “It’s time that we protect Illinois communities,” “It’s time that we protect Illinois families. Let’s end families having to change overnight. Let’s not lose any more brothers and sisters, children to gun violence” External link

beaumontenterprise Wednesday, January 11, 2023 3:59:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “It’s time that we protect Illinois communities,” “It’s time that we protect Illinois families. Let’s end families having to change overnight. Let’s not lose any more brothers and sisters, children to gun violence” External link

seattlepi Wednesday, January 11, 2023 3:40:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : ”It’s time that we protect Illinois communities. It’s time that we protect Illinois families. Let’s end families having to change overnight. Let’s not lose anymore brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, and children to gun violence,” External link

news-yahoo Wednesday, January 11, 2023 3:30:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "This legislation includes a comprehensive, detailed, and updated list of assault weapons subject to the ban," External link

cbslocal Wednesday, January 11, 2023 2:22:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "That's something we should really be proud of. That's historic," External link

cbslocal Wednesday, January 11, 2023 2:22:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : ”It’s time that we protect Illinois communities. It’s time that we protect Illinois families. Let’s end families having to change overnight. Let’s not lose anymore brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, and children to gun violence,” External link

chicagotribune Wednesday, January 11, 2023 1:06:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "This legislation includes a comprehensive, detailed, and updated list of assault weapons subject to the ban," External link

cbslocal Wednesday, January 11, 2023 12:16:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "As Speaker of the House, I will stand firm in our values and principles as Democrats," "I will fight for the needs of Illinoisans, and I will not accept a watered-down version of legislation that falls unacceptably short of the comprehensive solutions the people of this state deserve" External link

patch Tuesday, January 10, 2023 5:52:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "As Speaker of the House I will stand firm in our values and principles as Democrats," "I will fight for the needs of Illinoisans, and I will not accept a watered-down version of legislation that falls unacceptably short of the comprehensive solutions the people of this state deserve" External link

patch Tuesday, January 10, 2023 12:33:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “If this bill were to become law, there will be no removal of these weapons from people who already own them,” External link

news-yahoo Saturday, January 7, 2023 4:55:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “If this bill were to become law, there will be no removal of these weapons from people who already own them,” External link

chicagotribune Friday, January 6, 2023 11:45:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We’ve had customers that drive from Saginaw, Bay City to come see us, and, to me, Bay City was always the logical next choice for expansion,” “We’re looking to make Bay City our home, too” External link

mlive Friday, December 9, 2022 3:29:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We sell fresh cookies every single day, so we never sell day-old cookies,” External link

mlive Friday, December 9, 2022 3:29:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “He stepped up at a time when this country was deeply divided, reminiscent of what’s going on today,” External link

chicagotribune Thursday, December 1, 2022 12:45:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch told : “Right now, we’re a single Legislature or a single Supreme Court away from losing [abortion] rights,” External link

suntimes Saturday, November 26, 2022 6:16:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "Just wanted to donate a Thanksgiving meal to somebody," External link

cbslocal Thursday, November 24, 2022 2:01:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "I grew up in a family that had needs, so now that I can give back, I want to when I can," External link

cbslocal Thursday, November 24, 2022 2:01:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "Yeah, food prices are absolutely up this year, but still, I wanted to donate," External link

cbslocal Thursday, November 24, 2022 2:01:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "If you're in a position to help other families, I think it's a good thing to do this time of year," External link

cbslocal Thursday, November 24, 2022 2:01:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “It’s not news that regular physical activity helps kids improve their fitness levels, and the pandemic really highlighted that it is a necessary part of reducing anxiety and depression,” External link

4-traders Thursday, November 17, 2022 12:24:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch told : "At first glance, one might not automatically associate chorizo pizzas with space," External link

ibtimes Friday, September 16, 2022 3:23:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : "It says a lot about the increasingly mainstream popularity of space," External link

ibtimes Friday, September 16, 2022 3:23:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : "Spicy flavours like chorizo have long been a favourite space food among hungry astronauts, which is why it has enjoyed such a rich space heritage. But surprisingly, as recent evidence has revealed, its flavours and distinct aromas could really be considered out of this world – with traces of the same aromatic compound thought to be found in both space and chorizo" External link

prnewswire Thursday, September 15, 2022 7:31:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "Spicy flavours like chorizo have long been a favourite space food among hungry astronauts, which is why it has enjoyed such a rich space heritage. But surprisingly, as recent evidence has revealed, its flavours and distinct aromas could really be considered out of this world - with traces of the same aromatic compound thought to be found in both space and chorizo" External link

finanznachrichten-en Thursday, September 15, 2022 2:57:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Illinois Democratic ) : “It is critical that DPI (Democratic Party of Illinois) is able to accept, raise and spend funds that support all Democratic candidates across the state. Right now, DPI does not and cannot do that. If a leadership change occurs, it will,” External link

news-yahoo Wednesday, July 27, 2022 5:07:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “It is critical that DPI (Democratic Party of Illinois) is able to accept, raise, and spend funds that support all Democratic candidates across the state. Right now, DPI does not and cannot do that. If a leadership change occurs, it will,” External link

chicagotribune Wednesday, July 27, 2022 3:48:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "Since joining the team early this year, TaQuoya has been an integral part of the growth and the development of Democrats for the Illinois House," "I look forward to the leadership she brings in helping us continue to grow and elevate our practices, build the culture for this new and vibrant organization, and incorporate old proven methodologies with the more modern and digital era" External link

prnewswire Friday, July 1, 2022 1:12:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “In November, voters have a very clear choice,” External link

chicagotribune Wednesday, June 29, 2022 7:08:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "What we have been able to accomplish in the House has been unprecedented," External link

prnewswire Monday, June 27, 2022 1:08:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : "Obviously prices of everything are going up with inflation, rent housing prices, everything," External link

fox35orlando Wednesday, June 22, 2022 7:02:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "Denyse has been a strong advocate for working families in Springfield, fighting for higher wages, safer communities and more affordable health care," External link

patch Friday, June 17, 2022 10:14:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : "The observance of Juneteenth is about the journey to freedom and achievement for African Americans," External link

prnewswire Tuesday, May 31, 2022 1:12:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch wrote ( about Illinois Democratic ) : “People are actually finding Illinois to be a place to live, work and play,” External link

news-yahoo Monday, May 23, 2022 7:58:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch wrote ( about Illinois Democratic ) : “People are actually finding Illinois to be a place to live, work and play,” External link

chicagotribune Monday, May 23, 2022 1:19:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I know that there are some issues that are particularly important to your community and that Representative Nichols has been a leader on those issues,” External link

arabnews Sunday, May 22, 2022 6:48:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Power comes from building coalitions and building allies. There is now a Black caucus, a Hispanic caucus and an Asian caucus” External link

arabnews Sunday, May 22, 2022 6:48:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “The only way to govern is through inclusive leadership,” External link

arabnews Sunday, May 22, 2022 6:48:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “What I like to point out is there’s only one party in this state that’s voting to defund the police,” External link

news-yahoo Thursday, May 12, 2022 12:50:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “If these tickets are being issued disproportionately to people of color, we need to address that. That can create larger problems for students of color, problems that we’ve become accustomed to for far too long,” External link

news-yahoo Friday, May 6, 2022 12:39:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “The role of Medical Affairs has evolved with greater focus on the value it can convey to the broader organization. A strong partnership with Commercial, including effective communication and strategic alignment, are imperative for achieving this objective. Medical Affairs leaders emphasized the need for a ‘right-sized’ approach to compliance that enables coordination across all levels of the organization while mitigating risk,” External link

eagletribune Monday, April 25, 2022 7:15:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Bruce Rayner ) : “turned Bruce Rauner’s $17 billion debt into a surplus, and now we’re using that financial stability to make historic investments in human services and public safety, and put money back into the pockets of hardworking families,” External link

news-yahoo Friday, April 22, 2022 3:51:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Bruce Rayner ) : “turned Bruce Rauner’s $17 billion debt into a surplus, and now we’re using that financial stability to make historic investments in human services and public safety, and put money back into the pockets of hardworking families,” External link

chicagotribune Friday, April 22, 2022 3:33:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “When this budget passes, the governor and the legislature will be saying: ‘Illinoisans, we hear you.’ ” External link

chicagotribune Sunday, April 10, 2022 7:13:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “When this budget passes, the governor and the legislature will be saying: ‘Illinoisans, we hear you.’ ” External link

news-yahoo Sunday, April 10, 2022 6:46:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “There’s no way to downplay that,” External link

suntimes Sunday, April 10, 2022 12:19:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I want the people that have been in this building to ask themselves — when has a budget been filed as early as it has been filed?” External link

suntimes Friday, April 8, 2022 5:55:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “When they choose to participate, it’s totally up to them, but they have certainly been a part of a very accessible and transparent process,” External link

suntimes Friday, April 8, 2022 5:55:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “They haven’t been left out of the process,” “When they choose to participate is totally up to them” External link

news-yahoo Friday, April 8, 2022 3:46:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “It’s pretty clear who stands with women in this state. Democrats stand with women in this state,” External link

politico Friday, April 1, 2022 4:18:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I didn’t want to just sit around and wait to be laid off. I wanted to make something productive out of this pandemic,” External link

mlive Monday, March 7, 2022 5:19:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : "We have passed ethics reform, although there may be more work to do, as always," External link

news-yahoo Friday, March 4, 2022 12:49:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "I believe that the judicial system will handle that matter that's been brought before them," "The former speaker will have his day in court" External link

news-yahoo Friday, March 4, 2022 12:49:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch told : “I said all along during the course of that process that I thought there was a more appropriate forum to deal with the things that we have been hearing in the public domain, and I thought that forum was the United States Attorney’s Office,” External link

chicagotribune Thursday, March 3, 2022 4:29:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Chris Welch ) : “I think here in the last 13 months, if you speak to our colleagues on both sides of the aisle, I’ve done it my way. The Chris Welch way. The only way I know how,” “And it’s a new day in Springfield” External link

chicagotribune Thursday, March 3, 2022 4:29:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "We have passed ethics reform, although there may be more work to do, as always," External link

news-yahoo Thursday, March 3, 2022 2:57:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "I believe that the judicial system will handle that matter that's been brought before them," "The former speaker will have his day in court" External link

news-yahoo Thursday, March 3, 2022 2:57:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We brought before you an exceptionally qualified person who wants this job, who will do a great job,” “No one has questioned his integrity. No one has questioned whether he will be independent. Every single person that has spoken here today has said what an honorable person Judge McCuskey is” External link

chicagotribune Friday, February 18, 2022 3:38:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "These new subcircuits will help improve the diversity of opinion and background of judges, while giving everyone a voice in electing a bench of judges they feel best represent their communities," External link

southernminn Monday, January 24, 2022 12:35:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “These new subcircuits will help improve the diversity of opinion and background of judges, while giving everyone a voice in electing a bench of judges they feel best represent their communities,” External link

news-yahoo Sunday, January 23, 2022 1:07:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “The No. 1 issue in my district, and this is across the state, is crime,” External link

suntimes Saturday, January 15, 2022 2:40:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We’re going to be fine in 2022, but it’s not going to be given to us. We’ve got to do the work,” “And there’s a lot of difference between 2022 and 1994. There’s a lot of ways to communicate to voters that exist now that didn’t exist in 1994” External link

suntimes Saturday, January 15, 2022 2:40:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Leader Durkin has proven that he can’t get past Speaker Madigan,” External link

suntimes Saturday, January 15, 2022 2:40:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I have told our caucus members that it is my plan in every sense of the word to protect incumbent members,” External link

suntimes Saturday, January 15, 2022 2:40:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “There was never a fundraising apparatus within the caucus’ political side,” “We’re also helping our members with their political messaging. … From a social media standpoint, we’re providing them with content. That’s never been done before” External link

suntimes Saturday, January 15, 2022 2:40:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “It’s being done with all stakeholders involved. And we’re just getting started. But that’s certainly something that’s high on our priority list,” External link

news-yahoo Thursday, January 13, 2022 1:49:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Bruce Rayner ) : “Bruce Rauner and the current Republican leaders in the legislature that stood by and allowed him to wreak havoc on our infrastructure, we’re still paying the price for a lot of that today,” External link

news-yahoo Thursday, January 13, 2022 1:49:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “the legislature is here to address” External link

news-yahoo Thursday, January 13, 2022 1:49:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We’re continuing to have conversations with our friends in law enforcement. We’re continuing to have conversations with state’s attorneys across the state,” “We’re going to look at ways to make sure law enforcement is properly funded, properly trained, properly educated. We’ll be able to do that in our budget” External link

news-yahoo Thursday, January 13, 2022 1:49:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “a long-term, comprehensive, well-funded plan to address the root causes of violence,” External link

chicagotribune Sunday, January 2, 2022 3:17:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Greg Harris ) : “Greg Harris embodies public service and throughout his 15-year career, he has been a passionate advocate for what’s fair and just,” “His command of a wide range of public policy issues, particularly Medicaid and our state budget, has been such a vital asset to the entire state” External link

chicagotribune Tuesday, November 30, 2021 2:32:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Greg Harris ) : “Greg Harris embodies public service and throughout his fifteen year career, he has been a passionate advocate for what’s fair and just,” “His command of a wide range of public policy issues, particularly Medicaid and our state budget, has been such a vital asset to the entire state” External link

chicagotribune Monday, November 29, 2021 10:52:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch cited : “being stopped by the Hillside strangler” External link

suntimes Friday, November 12, 2021 1:03:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "While only a small minority of people are skirting COVID-19 requirements," External link

patch Wednesday, November 10, 2021 12:03:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Not only is this interstate among the most congested in our nation today, but when it was constructed there was little regard for the lives and livelihoods of many people in our state,” External link

suntimes Tuesday, November 9, 2021 2:20:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We fought hard, and we’re going to continue to fight hard to continue to put Illinois at the forefront,” External link

suntimes Friday, October 22, 2021 6:15:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We fought hard, and we’re going to continue to fight hard to continue to put Illinois at the forefront,” External link

suntimes Friday, October 22, 2021 1:09:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We try to make unique flavors. ...I like experimenting and doing new things,” External link

mlive Saturday, October 16, 2021 2:27:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We try to make unique flavors. ...I like experimenting and doing new things,” External link

mlive Saturday, October 2, 2021 2:25:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Our lemon is our second most popular cookie that’s there every day,” External link

mlive Saturday, October 2, 2021 2:25:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Chocolate chip by far, by a factor of two. We sell the most of those,” External link

mlive Saturday, October 2, 2021 2:25:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “as a gesture to the mayor,” External link

suntimes Saturday, June 19, 2021 2:42:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I think Lauren’s going to be fine,” External link

suntimes Saturday, June 19, 2021 2:42:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We want to work with the mayor, and the motion to reconsider is going to give her that time to come to the table and work with the folks that support an elected school board, and we’re going to continue to move forward,” External link

chicagotribune Thursday, June 17, 2021 9:03:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : "We can all stand proud that Illinois will officially recognize America's second independence day," "I hope it will become a treasure for all Illinoisans. It's a day of remembrance, but also a day of joy and perseverance" External link

southernminn Thursday, June 17, 2021 6:56:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Are there some things that we can be better at, absolutely, we certainly can,” External link

washingtonexaminer Thursday, June 17, 2021 3:42:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch told : “I like the bill because it’s a move towards a fully-elected school board,” External link

suntimes Wednesday, June 9, 2021 12:58:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Today will be the last time I talk about us as Democrats and Republicans,” External link

theherald-news Saturday, June 5, 2021 1:59:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Today will be the last time I talk about us as Democrats and Republicans,” “I want to talk about us as being united. We are going to work together to be united” External link

theherald-news Saturday, June 5, 2021 1:59:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “With Governor Pritzker’s signature, people of Illinois can be confident in a legislative map that is reflective of the diversity that we see in every corner of our state,” “Not only does this map adhere to state and federal laws, but it is a product of more than 50 public hearings where citizens came to tell us what their communities look like to them” External link

theherald-news Saturday, June 5, 2021 12:04:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch told : “We couldn’t get support for a two-year revolving door. But we got support for a six-month revolving door. … We took an important step and we should be proud of that,” External link

suntimes Friday, June 4, 2021 10:20:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “The bill does not set the timeline that leader [Delia] Ramirez from my team advocated for. But there are key protections during the transition period. That includes a moratorium on school closures. City Council confirmation of temporarily appointed members,” “I like the bill because it’s a move towards a fully-elected school board. I believe in more democracy — not less. I’m a product of an elected school board and believe that elections work. ... When… all sides are not happy, you’ve got a pretty good compromise on the table” External link

suntimes Thursday, June 3, 2021 11:28:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Republicans wanted us to come to gridlock so they could force us past our June 30th constitutional deadline. … We weren’t gonna do that. We weren’t gonna allow the party that stands for voter suppression to have a 50-50 chance of drawing the maps. So that was the proper time to use our power,” “We didn’t use incumbent addresses to draw maps. In fact, the first map that went out had more incumbents going against each other. We responded to Republican concerns [and] were able to separate a number of them out. … Instead of complaining, they should be thanking us” External link

suntimes Thursday, June 3, 2021 11:28:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Republicans at all levels of government have historically done everything possible to stifle voting rights,” External link

washingtonexaminer Thursday, June 3, 2021 10:37:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “There’s going to be some things that we disagree on,” “We’re Democrats and they're Republicans. Our core values are different” External link

washingtonexaminer Thursday, June 3, 2021 10:37:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch told : “I would say to people who don’t pay close attention to what we do in Springfield that we got some good things done, things they would be proud of,” External link

suntimes Thursday, June 3, 2021 1:36:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “This was a great start, a great beginning,” External link

suntimes Thursday, June 3, 2021 1:36:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Well that’s a complex issue,” External link

washingtonexaminer Wednesday, June 2, 2021 9:51:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We got a lot more to do but this was a great start,” External link

whig Wednesday, June 2, 2021 5:18:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We got a lot more to do but this was a great start,” External link

southernminn Wednesday, June 2, 2021 3:24:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “This is a straightforward proposal to address gun violence given the decades-long stalemate at the federal level, and I hope my Senate colleagues give it strong consideration,” External link

theherald-news Sunday, May 30, 2021 6:24:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “It has to be substantive and signal that it is a new day in Springfield,” External link

washingtonexaminer Tuesday, May 18, 2021 7:39:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “You can’t go wrong with more data,” External link

hellenicshippingnews Tuesday, May 11, 2021 5:52:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “You can’t go wrong with more data,” External link

wsau Tuesday, May 11, 2021 4:33:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : "You can't go wrong with more data," External link

news-yahoo Tuesday, May 11, 2021 2:30:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “No fans would be devastating news and I don’t see how the Shamrocks can play with zero attendance,” External link

timescolonist Tuesday, May 4, 2021 8:37:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Today will be the last time I talk about us as Democrats and Republicans,” External link

southernminn Saturday, April 24, 2021 3:21:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Today will be the last time I talk about us as Democrats and Republicans,” External link

theherald-news Saturday, April 24, 2021 12:53:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “There’s nothing to celebrate, though, as a system that allows this to happen still prevails,” External link

chicagotribune Wednesday, April 21, 2021 4:14:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “There’s nothing to celebrate, though, as a system that allows this to happen still prevails,” External link

chicagotribune Wednesday, April 21, 2021 2:15:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “When our public art doesn’t represent positive history that we can all celebrate, it sends a particularly harmful message to people of color that these beliefs are shared by their own government,” External link

chicagotribune Friday, April 16, 2021 11:47:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We are the party that believes in democracy and letting people vote,” “And that’s what this is all about, building our bench, getting people elected to the school boards” External link

chicagotribune Thursday, April 8, 2021 9:52:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Chris Welch ) : “It won’t just be the Chris Welch Show, there will be other Democrats out there helping me raise money on behalf of our caucus, this will be a total team effort,” “It’s important that we work together, in collaboration and in partnership. When we work together we can achieve some great things” External link

suntimes Saturday, March 20, 2021 7:46:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “As new leaders come on board, we’re making changes across the party ... It’s a new day, it’s a new era, it’s a new approach,” “I think it’s important when a new leader comes into a position as important as this one that we don’t just ponder about it being a new beginning and a fresh start, we take action, and I believe that this was one of the actions we are taking or have taken to show that this is a fresh start. It’s also a promise that I made to my caucus members that we’re going to do things in a different way” External link

suntimes Saturday, March 20, 2021 7:46:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We’re going to take ownership in the Democrats for the Illinois House — it’s something we should see as a point of pride, we’re going to be proud of what this committee does and getting Democrats elected across the state,” “I think it’s indicative of a true fresh start” External link

suntimes Saturday, March 20, 2021 7:46:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “you’re going to hear me talk about that a lot” External link

suntimes Wednesday, March 17, 2021 1:43:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “The media and political junkies assume I’m here to be the new party king — I don’t want to be anybody’s king,” “That could be the furthest from the truth. I’m not here to roll out top-down decisions and direction on policymaking and legislative. I am really here to get things done — fast and decisively, but done well and collaboratively. People need us to act, they need to see us do that by working together” External link

suntimes Wednesday, March 17, 2021 1:43:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I think it’s extremely important that we are very intentional about providing access to health care, not just to the wealthy, but to lower income communities as well,” “We have to not just talk about it, we have to do the work” External link

suntimes Wednesday, March 17, 2021 1:43:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “If we don’t change (the current flat tax) ... we’re going to be talking about this in another five years,” External link

theherald-news Tuesday, March 2, 2021 3:54:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch told ( about Rules Committee ) : “Every single bill that was filed on time is being kicked out of Rules and into a substantive committee, that’s a fair chance,” External link

washingtonexaminer Monday, March 1, 2021 5:05:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I think a fair map is a map that reflects the diversity of our state,” “Diversity is the strength of Illinois. Look at the Democratic Caucus, for instance. Diversity is the strength of our caucus. If you look at a map and it doesn’t reflect the diversity of the state, I don’t know how anyone can call that a fair map” External link

theherald-news Sunday, February 28, 2021 5:32:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “If there’s a vacancy they have a right to do that,” External link

suntimes Thursday, February 25, 2021 5:26:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I want that person who is leading the party to work with me to help get Democrats elected to the Illinois House, and I’m confident that any of those people … will help us get Democrats elected,” “I think the best thing for me to do is to sit back and let that thing resolve itself” External link

suntimes Thursday, February 25, 2021 5:26:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I think that’s something that we probably should really consider doing, because that’s a proven model that works,” “Tell the voters exactly how you’re going to spend this new money, and they may trust us more” External link

suntimes Thursday, February 25, 2021 5:26:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Evidenced by the failure of the progressive tax, folks don’t trust us,” “If we can rebuild that trust, it’ll be amazing what voters will help us do” External link

suntimes Thursday, February 25, 2021 5:26:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “If there’s a vacancy they have a right to do that,” External link

suntimes Thursday, February 25, 2021 3:10:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I want that person who is leading the party to work with me to help get Democrats elected to the Illinois House, and I’m confident that any of those people … will help us get Democrats elected,” “I think the best thing for me to do is to sit back and let that thing resolve itself” External link

suntimes Thursday, February 25, 2021 3:10:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I think that’s something that we probably should really consider doing, because that’s a proven model that works,” “Tell the voters exactly how you’re going to spend this new money, and they may trust us more” External link

suntimes Thursday, February 25, 2021 3:10:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Evidenced by the failure of the progressive tax, folks don’t trust us,” “If we can rebuild that trust, it’ll be amazing what voters will help us do” External link

suntimes Thursday, February 25, 2021 3:10:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We have to tell the voters what we’re going to do with that money,” External link

chicagotribune Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:20:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “In evidence by the failure of the progressive tax, folks don’t trust us,” “If we can rebuild that trust, it’ll be amazing what voters will help us do” External link

chicagotribune Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:20:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Illinois Democratic ) : “I have full confidence in the state central committee’s ability to select a new chair. The Illinois Democratic party remains strong, and we will continue our work to create a more equitable state,” External link

theherald-news Tuesday, February 23, 2021 5:23:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I thank Michael Madigan for his 20-plus years of service as the chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois, which has left us with a supermajority in both chambers of the General Assembly,” “I have full confidence in the state central committee’s ability to select a new chair. The Illinois Democratic party remains strong, and we will continue our work to create a more equitable state” External link

fox2now Tuesday, February 23, 2021 3:05:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Under him, we’ve had strong, sustained Democratic leadership in Springfield,” External link

suntimes Friday, February 19, 2021 4:43:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Now we must build on that with a new generation of leadership focused on racial and gender equity in all dimensions, improving government transparency, and leading with the kind of conviction, compassion and cooperation expected by our constituents,” External link

suntimes Friday, February 19, 2021 4:43:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Under him, we’ve had strong, sustained Democratic leadership in Springfield,” External link

suntimes Friday, February 19, 2021 1:07:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Now we must build on that with a new generation of leadership focused on racial and gender equity in all dimensions, improving government transparency, and leading with the kind of conviction, compassion and cooperation expected by our constituents,” External link

chicagotribune Thursday, February 18, 2021 9:31:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Under him, we’ve had strong, sustained Democratic leadership in Springfield,” “We legalized same-sex marriage, abolished the death penalty and solidified abortion rights. Illinois also became the first state in the Midwest to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour” External link

wcfcourier Thursday, February 18, 2021 9:05:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Illinois Democratic ) : “Under him, we’ve had strong, sustained Democratic leadership in Springfield,” External link

suntimes Thursday, February 18, 2021 7:21:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We like the depth we’ve added,” “We believe four or five of our draft picks will be able to step right in” External link

timescolonist Saturday, February 13, 2021 5:12:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Clayton is a proven winner from the well-coached Coquitlam junior lacrosse factory,” External link

timescolonist Saturday, February 13, 2021 5:12:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Change does not happen overnight — it’s a process,” “That process began in earnest on Jan. 14, when we could have taken a vote on the rules, we pulled those rules and slowed the process down” External link

suntimes Thursday, February 11, 2021 3:27:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “While part of my job as Speaker is to relay the range of opinions among all House members, it was important that this decision rest with the Governor and his team of health experts,” External link

suntimes Thursday, February 4, 2021 4:47:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I commend the Governor’s decision to allow state legislators to get the COVID-19 vaccine in the 1B phase. While part of my job as Speaker is to relay the range of opinions among all House members, it was important that this decision rest with the Governor and his team of health experts,” “The issues and challenges facing the General Assembly are enormous, so this is a welcomed step in the interest of government functionality and safety. Whether or not to get a vaccine is a personal choice for every member, but I encourage those who are at-risk or have vulnerable family members to strongly consider it” External link

chicagotribune Thursday, February 4, 2021 2:12:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “The issues and challenges facing the General Assembly are enormous, so this is a welcomed step in the interest of government functionality and safety,” External link

chicagotribune Wednesday, February 3, 2021 10:37:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “The issues and challenges facing the General Assembly are enormous, so this is a welcomed step in the interest of government functionality and safety,” External link

chicagotribune Wednesday, February 3, 2021 10:07:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : ”The issues and challenges facing the General Assembly are enormous, so this is a welcomed step in the interest of government functionality and safety,” External link

chicagotribune Wednesday, February 3, 2021 9:33:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “First of all, let me say that I think my list is full of people that are super talented,” “I’m really proud of the diversity of our caucus. I think that’s the strength of our caucus, the strength of our state. But also I think you can’t not recognize the fact that those people are high in seniority” External link

theherald-news Monday, February 1, 2021 3:08:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Those new committees should be a signal of where we’re headed,” “Ethics reform is very important to me,” External link

theherald-news Monday, February 1, 2021 3:08:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Anyone who knows me knows that I know my voice,” External link

theherald-news Monday, February 1, 2021 3:08:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “When I was elected Speaker, I promised to model the kind of leadership we need to restore the public’s confidence in our ethics,” External link

whig Sunday, January 31, 2021 2:05:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “When I was elected Speaker, I promised to model the kind of leadership we need to restore the public’s confidence in our ethics,” External link

wacotrib Sunday, January 31, 2021 2:00:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “First of all, let me say that I think my list is full of people that are super talented,” “I’m really proud of the diversity of our caucus. I think that’s the strength of our caucus, the strength of our state. But also I think you can’t not recognize the fact that those people are high in seniority” External link

suntimes Saturday, January 30, 2021 4:11:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “He’s someone that I know and trust,” External link

suntimes Saturday, January 30, 2021 4:11:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Those new committees should be a signal of where we’re headed,” “Ethics reform is very important to me. We need to rebuild trust in the legislature, we need to rebuild trust in our process” External link

suntimes Saturday, January 30, 2021 4:11:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I understand what the governor’s issues are on that, and I respect his position,” “I’m going to take the vaccine when it’s my turn. Other members have their personal thoughts on that, and I’ll defer to them” External link

suntimes Saturday, January 30, 2021 4:11:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Anyone who knows me knows that I know my voice,” “I’m looking forward to using my new voice to continue to highlight the issues that are important to me and to the communities that I serve and the core constituencies that our caucus represents, so I want to continue to find a way” External link

suntimes Saturday, January 30, 2021 4:11:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Well, I definitely agree that I’m taking over at a challenging time,” External link

theherald-news Saturday, January 30, 2021 2:07:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I really speak very highly of Speaker Madigan,” “We wouldn’t have 73 Democrats and a super majority in our chamber without Speaker Madigan. But I will say that I still have to be Chris Welch” External link

theherald-news Saturday, January 30, 2021 2:07:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “And I actually called him this past Saturday (Jan. 23) to talk to him about the intent about going back to session to improve the rules on February 10, find out who his point person is on the rules,” “And he was pleasantly surprised to receive a call from me on a Saturday morning” External link

theherald-news Saturday, January 30, 2021 2:07:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “People are struggling during the pandemic; rental assistance is desperately needed. Mortgage assistance is desperately needed,” “People are struggling and we’re going to find ways to help them” External link

chicagotribune Thursday, January 28, 2021 4:19:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “to make sure that, coming out of the pandemic, we remain a viable place for tourists,” External link

suntimes Thursday, January 28, 2021 3:07:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I think not only the election of a new speaker, but an ethics reform package coming out of the General Assembly this session, will help us really rebuild trust in the Legislature and in the legislative process,” External link

suntimes Thursday, January 28, 2021 3:07:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “As we begin a new day in the House, I’m committed to assembling a Democratic leadership team that values those things that have made our caucus so successful while also pursuing needed changes to strengthen our caucus, our House and our state,” External link

theherald-news Monday, January 25, 2021 3:17:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We have to plan for a number of contingencies,” External link

timescolonist Sunday, January 24, 2021 5:10:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We can’t go forward with a season if it means zero attendance allowed,” “We might be able to with reduced attendance. It’s something we will have to take a close look at” External link

timescolonist Sunday, January 24, 2021 5:10:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We’re going to probably use the BOS Center for a little while,” External link

suntimes Saturday, January 23, 2021 3:39:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I’m looking forward to working with Jessica,” “I think she’s been a great chief of staff. She knows this process and I’m going to lean on her as well. And I think everyone would understand the need to have a transition period. You don’t come in a door and immediately start making changes, especially when three days ago you didn’t even expect to be in the position” External link

suntimes Saturday, January 23, 2021 3:39:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I’ve believed in fair maps since I’ve been in the legislature,” “And so we’re going to begin that process. We’re going to work with Democrats and Republicans, we’re gonna work with the Senate, we’re gonna work with the governor. Because my definition of fair maps may be different from what everyone else’s is. So, we have to do this in partnership. Remember that if we’re not doing this in partnership, we already have a difficult task ahead of us, it’s only going to get more difficult if we don’t do this with all the voices around the table” External link

suntimes Saturday, January 23, 2021 3:39:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We’re talking through with a number of folks getting guidance, and we’ll see how things go,” External link

suntimes Saturday, January 23, 2021 3:39:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “But you know, he is available to me, we’ve sat and talked twice,” External link

suntimes Saturday, January 23, 2021 3:39:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch told : “The legislature is going to be a check on the executive branch,” External link

washingtonexaminer Thursday, January 21, 2021 10:03:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : "OFS Portal was created by its Members to ensure that data integrity and ownership are explicitly addressed in the digital enablement of the Oil & Gas supply chain," External link

finanznachrichten-en Thursday, January 21, 2021 7:28:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch told : “Our caucus has a very deep bench of people who love this state,” External link

suntimes Thursday, January 21, 2021 4:55:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We’re going to have a tough session and some tough decisions ahead and I believe they will be people that colleagues will look at and be able to get good, honest information from and, when they cast a vote, they’re casting it for the right reasons,” External link

suntimes Thursday, January 21, 2021 4:55:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch told : “I’m going to have an open and ongoing relationship with the governor to express what I’m hearing from our members,” External link

theherald-news Tuesday, January 19, 2021 4:15:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch told : “I’m going to have an open and ongoing relationship with the governor to express what I’m hearing from our members,” External link

suntimes Saturday, January 16, 2021 2:20:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I spent time going member by member, talking to each and every one of them, to try to address their concerns,” External link

chicagotribune Friday, January 15, 2021 4:35:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Dream ) : “While our state has many problems, our schools are better, more children have access to healthcare, and our working-class families will easily live the American Dream,” External link

washingtonexaminer Thursday, January 14, 2021 10:10:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I do plan to have the legislature very involved in the process,” “This year, we’re working through COVID protocols. We’ll use the [Bank of Springfield] Center if we have to but we’re looking at a safe return to the capitol so that we can be engaged in the governing process in 2021” External link

suntimes Thursday, January 14, 2021 9:09:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “the first things that I’m going to have to tackle,” External link

suntimes Thursday, January 14, 2021 9:09:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I believe that the work that I have done in the legislature has demonstrated who I am as a person … it demonstrates what people think of me because this happened pretty fast and many of my colleagues are the ones who encouraged me to do this,” External link

suntimes Thursday, January 14, 2021 9:09:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I think it’s important to focus on the fact that we have made history here in the state with a new speaker for the first time in ... years,” “We are going to govern in a new direction and it’s not going to be the same. I’m looking forward to being able to show that we’re going to bring some new and exciting things to this position” External link

suntimes Thursday, January 14, 2021 9:09:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “People mature, they look back and would do things differently and I think my life’s work here in the legislature shows my respect for women,” External link

washingtonexaminer Thursday, January 14, 2021 8:35:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Possibly make changes, possibly make a lot of changes,” “I don’t know what those changes are until I have these conversations that’s going to take place pretty quickly” External link

washingtonexaminer Thursday, January 14, 2021 8:35:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I have reconciled with the individual since that night,” External link

suntimes Thursday, January 14, 2021 3:59:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “People mature, they look back and would do things differently, handle situations differently,” External link

chicagotribune Thursday, January 14, 2021 2:44:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Today will be the last time I talk about us as Democrats or Republicans because I want to talk about us being united,” External link

theherald-news Thursday, January 14, 2021 1:33:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “This verbal argument occurred nearly two decades ago,” “I will be honest that I have reconciled with the individual since that night” External link

chicagotribune Wednesday, January 13, 2021 9:03:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “This verbal argument occurred nearly two decades ago,” “I will be honest that I have reconciled with the individual since that night” External link

chicagotribune Wednesday, January 13, 2021 4:45:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I am honored to be called upon my colleagues from the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus to put my name in for consideration,” External link

southernminn Tuesday, January 12, 2021 10:48:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “The governor has been very clear in his words, he has said the speaker should address these issues and he should do them at a podium and take questions from people like you,” “He didn't say anything about the speaker coming before the Special Investigating Committee” External link

washingtonexaminer Thursday, December 17, 2020 5:19:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “How are we going to conduct a fair and impartial investigation when they had their minds already made up before the ink was dry on that petition,” External link

washingtonexaminer Tuesday, December 15, 2020 4:18:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “That’s what this was, a show trial,” External link

suntimes Tuesday, December 15, 2020 5:21:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Jim Durkin ) : “This is a sham, political show trial to help leader Durkin try to become speaker, and he’s abusing what this rule was meant for, and to to vote to support subpoenas in this process is pandering to that abuse, and I refused to do it,” External link

suntimes Tuesday, December 15, 2020 5:21:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Jim Durkin ) : “This is nothing but politics. This is a sham show trial ...,” “There’s not a self-respecting Democrat in this state who would vote for Jim Durkin to be speaker of this House” External link

beaumontenterprise Tuesday, December 15, 2020 4:03:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Jim Durkin ) : “This is nothing but politics. This is a sham show trial …,” “There’s not a self-respecting Democrat in this state who would vote for Jim Durkin to be speaker of this House” External link

therepublic Tuesday, December 15, 2020 3:45:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Jim Durkin ) : “It is most likely that any individual for whom a subpoena is issued will go to court to quash it, leaving us in no better position to assess the merits of Leader Durkin’s charges than we are now,” External link

washingtonexaminer Monday, December 14, 2020 4:47:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Jim Durkin ) : “Leader Durkin is clearly seeking a public distraction from ComEd emails showing that the company took the same steps to influence him that he would now portray as unbecoming conduct, but his constant attempts to drag a serious investigative effort into politics will not influence the work of this committee,” External link

southernminn Thursday, December 3, 2020 2:45:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I never expected a push for diversity to cause one of the most hotly debated bills on the floor of the year,” External link

mynews13 Wednesday, December 2, 2020 12:28:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I never expected a push for diversity to cause one of the most hotly debated bills on the floor of the year,” External link

seattlepi Tuesday, December 1, 2020 11:51:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : "I never expected a push for diversity to cause one of the most hotly debated bills on the floor of the year," External link

timescolonist Tuesday, December 1, 2020 11:41:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I never expected a push for diversity to cause one of the most hotly debated bills on the floor of the year,” External link

ABCnews Tuesday, December 1, 2020 11:29:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “we definitely traced the source to a family member in our circle who tested positive earlier in the week,” External link

suntimes Tuesday, December 1, 2020 4:23:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “we definitely traced the source to a family member in our circle who tested positive earlier in the week,” External link

suntimes Monday, November 30, 2020 10:07:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch wrote : “With this information, the committee plans to resume meeting in-person on Monday, December 14, giving members time to take necessary health and safety precautions following the Thanksgiving holiday and return prepared to safely continue the work of the committee,” External link

suntimes Thursday, November 26, 2020 1:42:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “The federal prosecutor’s indictments against former ComEd associates elaborate on the company’s pattern of behavior as was previously detailed in the deferred prosecution agreement,” “They do not, however, give members of this committee carte blanche to substitute partisan grandstanding for deliberate consideration” External link

southernminn Sunday, November 22, 2020 10:02:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “The federal prosecutor’s indictments against former ComEd associates elaborate on the company’s pattern of behavior as was previously detailed in the deferred prosecution agreement,” “They do not, however, give members of this committee carte blanche to substitute partisan grandstanding for deliberate consideration” External link

southernminn Friday, November 20, 2020 2:38:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “From the breathless demands that legislators join his rush to judgment to the coordinated attacks launched by his campaign operation, Leader Durkin’s only goal is political theater,” “I urge Leader Durkin to put the political performances aside and let our investigation take its course” External link

suntimes Friday, October 9, 2020 3:40:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “In the interim, the committee’s work continues; we are reaching out to attorneys for Fidel Marquez to arrange his testimony, and engaging in a thorough review of our subpoena power, so members of this committee can make a fully informed decision and set responsible precedent for years to come,” External link

washingtonexaminer Wednesday, October 7, 2020 10:26:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “This information provides critical context for the committee’s work,” External link

washingtonexaminer Wednesday, October 7, 2020 10:26:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “without the backdrop of a political campaign” External link

washingtonexaminer Wednesday, October 7, 2020 10:26:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “At every step of this process, our cooperation has been accompanied with the proviso that we will not allow this committee to be used as a stage for political theater — an admonishment our Republican colleagues appear to have taken more as a challenge than as a reflection of this committee’s serious work,” External link

southernminn Wednesday, October 7, 2020 4:10:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch replied : “The (Special Investigating Committee) convening on Nov. 5, 2020, in the Capitol, after the election, removes this process from the backdrop of an election where two members of the committee are in the middle of contested political campaigns” External link

southernminn Wednesday, October 7, 2020 4:10:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “At every step of this process, our cooperation has been accompanied with the proviso that we will not allow this committee to be used as a stage for political theater — an admonishment our Republican colleagues appear to have taken more as a challenge than as a reflection of this committee’s serious work,” External link

suntimes Wednesday, October 7, 2020 3:29:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “The Republican members of this committee are also engaged in competitive political campaigns in which they have chosen to campaign almost exclusively against the speaker,” External link

washtimes Wednesday, October 7, 2020 2:11:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Jim Durkin ) : “While sitting on a committee that is charged with conducting an impartial investigation based on the petition filed by Leader Durkin, the Republican members of this committee are also engaged in competitive political campaigns in which they have chosen to campaign almost exclusively against the speaker,” External link

chicagotribune Wednesday, October 7, 2020 12:18:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We cannot conduct a thorough investigation with blinders on; if we are to consider whether ComEd’s admissions in the deferred prosecution agreement constitute conduct unbecoming of a lawmaker, we need to understand the full extent of ComEd’s actions — including interactions with other elected officials instrumental to the passage of their legislation,” External link

chicagotribune Wednesday, October 7, 2020 12:18:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch asked : “Is a public official guilty of bribery because someone tries to bribe them?” External link

suntimes Sunday, October 4, 2020 7:29:00 PM EAT



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Chris Welch said ( about Chris Welch ) : “I think here in the last 13 months, if you speak to our colleagues on both sides of the aisle, I’ve done it my way. The Chris Welch way. The only way I know how,” “And it’s a new day in Springfield” External link

chicagotribune Thursday, March 3, 2022 4:29:00 AM EAT

Anthony DeLuca said ( about Chris Welch ) : “All of us here know how things work in Springfield, we included term limits in our rules, that in itself was very historic,” “This takes it to an entirely new level, and it would not have happened without the support of Speaker Welch” External link

theherald-news Friday, April 23, 2021 1:40:00 AM EAT

Anthony DeLuca said ( about Chris Welch ) : “This is an initiative of really the membership in the House and of Speaker Welch and I want to give Speaker Welch a lot of credit for supporting this measure,” External link

theherald-news Wednesday, April 14, 2021 10:12:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Chris Welch ) : “It won’t just be the Chris Welch Show, there will be other Democrats out there helping me raise money on behalf of our caucus, this will be a total team effort,” “It’s important that we work together, in collaboration and in partnership. When we work together we can achieve some great things” External link

suntimes Saturday, March 20, 2021 7:46:00 PM EAT

Kelly Cassidy said ( about Chris Welch ) : “I did so because, at the same time that we’re ending years of scandal over allegations of sexual harassment and corruption, we have also just been made aware of troubling allegations from Speaker Welch’s past,” External link

chicagotribune Thursday, January 14, 2021 2:44:00 AM EAT

Mike Madigan said ( about Chris Welch ) : "It is time for new leadership in the House. I wish all the best for Speaker-elect Welch as he begins a historic speakership. It is my sincere hope today that the caucus I leave to him and to all who will serve alongside him is stronger than when I began," "And as I look at the large and diverse Democratic majority we have built—full of young leaders ready to continue moving our state forward, strong women and people of color, and members representing all parts of our state—I am confident Illinois remains in good hands" External link

patch Wednesday, January 13, 2021 11:57:00 PM EAT

Jim Durkin said ( about Chris Welch ) : “emissaries have been sent to me from Rep. Welch” External link

chicagotribune Wednesday, January 13, 2021 4:12:00 AM EAT

Jim Durkin said ( about Chris Welch ) : “After trying to find every possible roadblock to delay this committee, be it by repeatedly misrepresenting the U.S. Attorney’s Office position and refusing to discuss subpoenaed testimony … Chairman Welch conveniently realized that he was out of excuses and pulled the plug,” External link

suntimes Friday, October 9, 2020 3:40:00 AM EAT

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Chris Welch said : “There was nothing but pride on his face,” “There was a Black boy looking at his Black father because he had made history” External link

theherald-news Sunday, January 15, 2023 9:54:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch wrote : “he can appear sullen, lazy and difficult. He has an expressive face that appears to give away his every mood and thought” External link

guardian Thursday, January 12, 2023 7:40:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Everyone who is ready to do the work and meet the challenges of this moment will have a partner in me — always,” “But those who choose discord, those whose blind allegiance to extreme ideology would dismantle our fundamental institutions, those who would derail the work people have sent us here to do — they will find that this House will not waste the people’s time on their games” External link

suntimes Thursday, January 12, 2023 4:15:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "It’s time that we protect Illinois communities," "It’s time that we protect Illinois families. Let’s end families having to change overnight. Let’s not lose any more brothers and sisters, children to gun violence" External link

foxnews Wednesday, January 11, 2023 11:25:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “It’s time that we protect Illinois communities,” “It’s time that we protect Illinois families. Let’s end families having to change overnight. Let’s not lose any more brothers and sisters, children to gun violence” External link

news-yahoo Wednesday, January 11, 2023 4:19:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “It’s time that we protect Illinois communities,” “It’s time that we protect Illinois families. Let’s end families having to change overnight. Let’s not lose any more brothers and sisters, children to gun violence” External link

washtimes Wednesday, January 11, 2023 7:37:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “It’s time that we protect Illinois communities,” “It’s time that we protect Illinois families. Let’s end families having to change overnight. Let’s not lose any more brothers and sisters, children to gun violence” External link

seattlepi Wednesday, January 11, 2023 7:09:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “It’s time that we protect Illinois communities. It’s time that we protect Illinois families. Let’s end families having to change overnight. Let’s not lose any more brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, and children to gun violence,” External link

chicagotribune Wednesday, January 11, 2023 6:51:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “It’s time that we protect Illinois communities,” “It’s time that we protect Illinois families. Let’s end families having to change overnight. Let’s not lose any more brothers and sisters, children to gun violence” External link

independent-UK Wednesday, January 11, 2023 6:51:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “It’s time that we protect Illinois communities,” “It’s time that we protect Illinois families. Let’s end families having to change overnight. Let’s not lose any more brothers and sisters, children to gun violence” External link

beaumontenterprise Wednesday, January 11, 2023 6:49:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "This legislation includes a comprehensive, detailed, and updated list of assault weapons subject to the ban," External link

cbslocal Wednesday, January 11, 2023 6:22:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "That's something we should really be proud of. That's historic," External link

cbslocal Wednesday, January 11, 2023 6:22:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “It’s time that we protect Illinois communities. It’s time that we protect Illinois families. Let’s end families having to change overnight. Let’s not lose any more brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, and children to gun violence,” External link

chicagotribune Wednesday, January 11, 2023 4:54:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “It’s time that we protect Illinois communities,” “It’s time that we protect Illinois families. Let’s end families having to change overnight. Let’s not lose any more brothers and sisters, children to gun violence” External link

fox2now Wednesday, January 11, 2023 4:53:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : ”It’s time that we protect Illinois communities. It’s time that we protect Illinois families. Let’s end families having to change overnight. Let’s not lose anymore brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, and children to gun violence,” External link

eagletribune Wednesday, January 11, 2023 4:08:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “It’s time that we protect Illinois communities,” “It’s time that we protect Illinois families. Let’s end families having to change overnight. Let’s not lose any more brothers and sisters, children to gun violence” External link

beaumontenterprise Wednesday, January 11, 2023 3:59:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “It’s time that we protect Illinois communities,” “It’s time that we protect Illinois families. Let’s end families having to change overnight. Let’s not lose any more brothers and sisters, children to gun violence” External link

seattlepi Wednesday, January 11, 2023 3:40:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : ”It’s time that we protect Illinois communities. It’s time that we protect Illinois families. Let’s end families having to change overnight. Let’s not lose anymore brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, and children to gun violence,” External link

news-yahoo Wednesday, January 11, 2023 3:30:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "This legislation includes a comprehensive, detailed, and updated list of assault weapons subject to the ban," External link

cbslocal Wednesday, January 11, 2023 2:22:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "That's something we should really be proud of. That's historic," External link

cbslocal Wednesday, January 11, 2023 2:22:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : ”It’s time that we protect Illinois communities. It’s time that we protect Illinois families. Let’s end families having to change overnight. Let’s not lose anymore brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, and children to gun violence,” External link

chicagotribune Wednesday, January 11, 2023 1:06:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "This legislation includes a comprehensive, detailed, and updated list of assault weapons subject to the ban," External link

cbslocal Wednesday, January 11, 2023 12:16:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "As Speaker of the House, I will stand firm in our values and principles as Democrats," "I will fight for the needs of Illinoisans, and I will not accept a watered-down version of legislation that falls unacceptably short of the comprehensive solutions the people of this state deserve" External link

patch Tuesday, January 10, 2023 5:52:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "As Speaker of the House I will stand firm in our values and principles as Democrats," "I will fight for the needs of Illinoisans, and I will not accept a watered-down version of legislation that falls unacceptably short of the comprehensive solutions the people of this state deserve" External link

patch Tuesday, January 10, 2023 12:33:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “If this bill were to become law, there will be no removal of these weapons from people who already own them,” External link

news-yahoo Saturday, January 7, 2023 4:55:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “If this bill were to become law, there will be no removal of these weapons from people who already own them,” External link

chicagotribune Friday, January 6, 2023 11:45:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We’ve had customers that drive from Saginaw, Bay City to come see us, and, to me, Bay City was always the logical next choice for expansion,” “We’re looking to make Bay City our home, too” External link

mlive Friday, December 9, 2022 3:29:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We sell fresh cookies every single day, so we never sell day-old cookies,” External link

mlive Friday, December 9, 2022 3:29:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “He stepped up at a time when this country was deeply divided, reminiscent of what’s going on today,” External link

chicagotribune Thursday, December 1, 2022 12:45:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch told : “Right now, we’re a single Legislature or a single Supreme Court away from losing [abortion] rights,” External link

suntimes Saturday, November 26, 2022 6:16:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "Just wanted to donate a Thanksgiving meal to somebody," External link

cbslocal Thursday, November 24, 2022 2:01:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "I grew up in a family that had needs, so now that I can give back, I want to when I can," External link

cbslocal Thursday, November 24, 2022 2:01:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "Yeah, food prices are absolutely up this year, but still, I wanted to donate," External link

cbslocal Thursday, November 24, 2022 2:01:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "If you're in a position to help other families, I think it's a good thing to do this time of year," External link

cbslocal Thursday, November 24, 2022 2:01:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “It’s not news that regular physical activity helps kids improve their fitness levels, and the pandemic really highlighted that it is a necessary part of reducing anxiety and depression,” External link

4-traders Thursday, November 17, 2022 12:24:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch told : "At first glance, one might not automatically associate chorizo pizzas with space," External link

ibtimes Friday, September 16, 2022 3:23:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : "It says a lot about the increasingly mainstream popularity of space," External link

ibtimes Friday, September 16, 2022 3:23:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : "Spicy flavours like chorizo have long been a favourite space food among hungry astronauts, which is why it has enjoyed such a rich space heritage. But surprisingly, as recent evidence has revealed, its flavours and distinct aromas could really be considered out of this world – with traces of the same aromatic compound thought to be found in both space and chorizo" External link

prnewswire Thursday, September 15, 2022 7:31:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "Spicy flavours like chorizo have long been a favourite space food among hungry astronauts, which is why it has enjoyed such a rich space heritage. But surprisingly, as recent evidence has revealed, its flavours and distinct aromas could really be considered out of this world - with traces of the same aromatic compound thought to be found in both space and chorizo" External link

finanznachrichten-en Thursday, September 15, 2022 2:57:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Illinois Democratic ) : “It is critical that DPI (Democratic Party of Illinois) is able to accept, raise and spend funds that support all Democratic candidates across the state. Right now, DPI does not and cannot do that. If a leadership change occurs, it will,” External link

news-yahoo Wednesday, July 27, 2022 5:07:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “It is critical that DPI (Democratic Party of Illinois) is able to accept, raise, and spend funds that support all Democratic candidates across the state. Right now, DPI does not and cannot do that. If a leadership change occurs, it will,” External link

chicagotribune Wednesday, July 27, 2022 3:48:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "Since joining the team early this year, TaQuoya has been an integral part of the growth and the development of Democrats for the Illinois House," "I look forward to the leadership she brings in helping us continue to grow and elevate our practices, build the culture for this new and vibrant organization, and incorporate old proven methodologies with the more modern and digital era" External link

prnewswire Friday, July 1, 2022 1:12:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “In November, voters have a very clear choice,” External link

chicagotribune Wednesday, June 29, 2022 7:08:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "What we have been able to accomplish in the House has been unprecedented," External link

prnewswire Monday, June 27, 2022 1:08:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : "Obviously prices of everything are going up with inflation, rent housing prices, everything," External link

fox35orlando Wednesday, June 22, 2022 7:02:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "Denyse has been a strong advocate for working families in Springfield, fighting for higher wages, safer communities and more affordable health care," External link

patch Friday, June 17, 2022 10:14:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : "The observance of Juneteenth is about the journey to freedom and achievement for African Americans," External link

prnewswire Tuesday, May 31, 2022 1:12:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch wrote ( about Illinois Democratic ) : “People are actually finding Illinois to be a place to live, work and play,” External link

news-yahoo Monday, May 23, 2022 7:58:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch wrote ( about Illinois Democratic ) : “People are actually finding Illinois to be a place to live, work and play,” External link

chicagotribune Monday, May 23, 2022 1:19:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I know that there are some issues that are particularly important to your community and that Representative Nichols has been a leader on those issues,” External link

arabnews Sunday, May 22, 2022 6:48:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Power comes from building coalitions and building allies. There is now a Black caucus, a Hispanic caucus and an Asian caucus” External link

arabnews Sunday, May 22, 2022 6:48:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “The only way to govern is through inclusive leadership,” External link

arabnews Sunday, May 22, 2022 6:48:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “What I like to point out is there’s only one party in this state that’s voting to defund the police,” External link

news-yahoo Thursday, May 12, 2022 12:50:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “If these tickets are being issued disproportionately to people of color, we need to address that. That can create larger problems for students of color, problems that we’ve become accustomed to for far too long,” External link

news-yahoo Friday, May 6, 2022 12:39:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “The role of Medical Affairs has evolved with greater focus on the value it can convey to the broader organization. A strong partnership with Commercial, including effective communication and strategic alignment, are imperative for achieving this objective. Medical Affairs leaders emphasized the need for a ‘right-sized’ approach to compliance that enables coordination across all levels of the organization while mitigating risk,” External link

eagletribune Monday, April 25, 2022 7:15:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Bruce Rayner ) : “turned Bruce Rauner’s $17 billion debt into a surplus, and now we’re using that financial stability to make historic investments in human services and public safety, and put money back into the pockets of hardworking families,” External link

news-yahoo Friday, April 22, 2022 3:51:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Bruce Rayner ) : “turned Bruce Rauner’s $17 billion debt into a surplus, and now we’re using that financial stability to make historic investments in human services and public safety, and put money back into the pockets of hardworking families,” External link

chicagotribune Friday, April 22, 2022 3:33:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “When this budget passes, the governor and the legislature will be saying: ‘Illinoisans, we hear you.’ ” External link

chicagotribune Sunday, April 10, 2022 7:13:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “When this budget passes, the governor and the legislature will be saying: ‘Illinoisans, we hear you.’ ” External link

news-yahoo Sunday, April 10, 2022 6:46:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “There’s no way to downplay that,” External link

suntimes Sunday, April 10, 2022 12:19:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I want the people that have been in this building to ask themselves — when has a budget been filed as early as it has been filed?” External link

suntimes Friday, April 8, 2022 5:55:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “When they choose to participate, it’s totally up to them, but they have certainly been a part of a very accessible and transparent process,” External link

suntimes Friday, April 8, 2022 5:55:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “They haven’t been left out of the process,” “When they choose to participate is totally up to them” External link

news-yahoo Friday, April 8, 2022 3:46:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “It’s pretty clear who stands with women in this state. Democrats stand with women in this state,” External link

politico Friday, April 1, 2022 4:18:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I didn’t want to just sit around and wait to be laid off. I wanted to make something productive out of this pandemic,” External link

mlive Monday, March 7, 2022 5:19:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : "We have passed ethics reform, although there may be more work to do, as always," External link

news-yahoo Friday, March 4, 2022 12:49:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "I believe that the judicial system will handle that matter that's been brought before them," "The former speaker will have his day in court" External link

news-yahoo Friday, March 4, 2022 12:49:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch told : “I said all along during the course of that process that I thought there was a more appropriate forum to deal with the things that we have been hearing in the public domain, and I thought that forum was the United States Attorney’s Office,” External link

chicagotribune Thursday, March 3, 2022 4:29:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Chris Welch ) : “I think here in the last 13 months, if you speak to our colleagues on both sides of the aisle, I’ve done it my way. The Chris Welch way. The only way I know how,” “And it’s a new day in Springfield” External link

chicagotribune Thursday, March 3, 2022 4:29:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "We have passed ethics reform, although there may be more work to do, as always," External link

news-yahoo Thursday, March 3, 2022 2:57:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "I believe that the judicial system will handle that matter that's been brought before them," "The former speaker will have his day in court" External link

news-yahoo Thursday, March 3, 2022 2:57:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We brought before you an exceptionally qualified person who wants this job, who will do a great job,” “No one has questioned his integrity. No one has questioned whether he will be independent. Every single person that has spoken here today has said what an honorable person Judge McCuskey is” External link

chicagotribune Friday, February 18, 2022 3:38:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "These new subcircuits will help improve the diversity of opinion and background of judges, while giving everyone a voice in electing a bench of judges they feel best represent their communities," External link

southernminn Monday, January 24, 2022 12:35:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “These new subcircuits will help improve the diversity of opinion and background of judges, while giving everyone a voice in electing a bench of judges they feel best represent their communities,” External link

news-yahoo Sunday, January 23, 2022 1:07:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “The No. 1 issue in my district, and this is across the state, is crime,” External link

suntimes Saturday, January 15, 2022 2:40:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We’re going to be fine in 2022, but it’s not going to be given to us. We’ve got to do the work,” “And there’s a lot of difference between 2022 and 1994. There’s a lot of ways to communicate to voters that exist now that didn’t exist in 1994” External link

suntimes Saturday, January 15, 2022 2:40:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Leader Durkin has proven that he can’t get past Speaker Madigan,” External link

suntimes Saturday, January 15, 2022 2:40:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I have told our caucus members that it is my plan in every sense of the word to protect incumbent members,” External link

suntimes Saturday, January 15, 2022 2:40:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “There was never a fundraising apparatus within the caucus’ political side,” “We’re also helping our members with their political messaging. … From a social media standpoint, we’re providing them with content. That’s never been done before” External link

suntimes Saturday, January 15, 2022 2:40:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “It’s being done with all stakeholders involved. And we’re just getting started. But that’s certainly something that’s high on our priority list,” External link

news-yahoo Thursday, January 13, 2022 1:49:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Bruce Rayner ) : “Bruce Rauner and the current Republican leaders in the legislature that stood by and allowed him to wreak havoc on our infrastructure, we’re still paying the price for a lot of that today,” External link

news-yahoo Thursday, January 13, 2022 1:49:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “the legislature is here to address” External link

news-yahoo Thursday, January 13, 2022 1:49:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We’re continuing to have conversations with our friends in law enforcement. We’re continuing to have conversations with state’s attorneys across the state,” “We’re going to look at ways to make sure law enforcement is properly funded, properly trained, properly educated. We’ll be able to do that in our budget” External link

news-yahoo Thursday, January 13, 2022 1:49:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “a long-term, comprehensive, well-funded plan to address the root causes of violence,” External link

chicagotribune Sunday, January 2, 2022 3:17:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Greg Harris ) : “Greg Harris embodies public service and throughout his 15-year career, he has been a passionate advocate for what’s fair and just,” “His command of a wide range of public policy issues, particularly Medicaid and our state budget, has been such a vital asset to the entire state” External link

chicagotribune Tuesday, November 30, 2021 2:32:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Greg Harris ) : “Greg Harris embodies public service and throughout his fifteen year career, he has been a passionate advocate for what’s fair and just,” “His command of a wide range of public policy issues, particularly Medicaid and our state budget, has been such a vital asset to the entire state” External link

chicagotribune Monday, November 29, 2021 10:52:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch cited : “being stopped by the Hillside strangler” External link

suntimes Friday, November 12, 2021 1:03:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : "While only a small minority of people are skirting COVID-19 requirements," External link

patch Wednesday, November 10, 2021 12:03:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Not only is this interstate among the most congested in our nation today, but when it was constructed there was little regard for the lives and livelihoods of many people in our state,” External link

suntimes Tuesday, November 9, 2021 2:20:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We fought hard, and we’re going to continue to fight hard to continue to put Illinois at the forefront,” External link

suntimes Friday, October 22, 2021 6:15:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We fought hard, and we’re going to continue to fight hard to continue to put Illinois at the forefront,” External link

suntimes Friday, October 22, 2021 1:09:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We try to make unique flavors. ...I like experimenting and doing new things,” External link

mlive Saturday, October 16, 2021 2:27:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We try to make unique flavors. ...I like experimenting and doing new things,” External link

mlive Saturday, October 2, 2021 2:25:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Our lemon is our second most popular cookie that’s there every day,” External link

mlive Saturday, October 2, 2021 2:25:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Chocolate chip by far, by a factor of two. We sell the most of those,” External link

mlive Saturday, October 2, 2021 2:25:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “as a gesture to the mayor,” External link

suntimes Saturday, June 19, 2021 2:42:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I think Lauren’s going to be fine,” External link

suntimes Saturday, June 19, 2021 2:42:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We want to work with the mayor, and the motion to reconsider is going to give her that time to come to the table and work with the folks that support an elected school board, and we’re going to continue to move forward,” External link

chicagotribune Thursday, June 17, 2021 9:03:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : "We can all stand proud that Illinois will officially recognize America's second independence day," "I hope it will become a treasure for all Illinoisans. It's a day of remembrance, but also a day of joy and perseverance" External link

southernminn Thursday, June 17, 2021 6:56:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Are there some things that we can be better at, absolutely, we certainly can,” External link

washingtonexaminer Thursday, June 17, 2021 3:42:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch told : “I like the bill because it’s a move towards a fully-elected school board,” External link

suntimes Wednesday, June 9, 2021 12:58:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Today will be the last time I talk about us as Democrats and Republicans,” External link

theherald-news Saturday, June 5, 2021 1:59:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Today will be the last time I talk about us as Democrats and Republicans,” “I want to talk about us as being united. We are going to work together to be united” External link

theherald-news Saturday, June 5, 2021 1:59:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “With Governor Pritzker’s signature, people of Illinois can be confident in a legislative map that is reflective of the diversity that we see in every corner of our state,” “Not only does this map adhere to state and federal laws, but it is a product of more than 50 public hearings where citizens came to tell us what their communities look like to them” External link

theherald-news Saturday, June 5, 2021 12:04:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch told : “We couldn’t get support for a two-year revolving door. But we got support for a six-month revolving door. … We took an important step and we should be proud of that,” External link

suntimes Friday, June 4, 2021 10:20:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “The bill does not set the timeline that leader [Delia] Ramirez from my team advocated for. But there are key protections during the transition period. That includes a moratorium on school closures. City Council confirmation of temporarily appointed members,” “I like the bill because it’s a move towards a fully-elected school board. I believe in more democracy — not less. I’m a product of an elected school board and believe that elections work. ... When… all sides are not happy, you’ve got a pretty good compromise on the table” External link

suntimes Thursday, June 3, 2021 11:28:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Republicans wanted us to come to gridlock so they could force us past our June 30th constitutional deadline. … We weren’t gonna do that. We weren’t gonna allow the party that stands for voter suppression to have a 50-50 chance of drawing the maps. So that was the proper time to use our power,” “We didn’t use incumbent addresses to draw maps. In fact, the first map that went out had more incumbents going against each other. We responded to Republican concerns [and] were able to separate a number of them out. … Instead of complaining, they should be thanking us” External link

suntimes Thursday, June 3, 2021 11:28:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Republicans at all levels of government have historically done everything possible to stifle voting rights,” External link

washingtonexaminer Thursday, June 3, 2021 10:37:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “There’s going to be some things that we disagree on,” “We’re Democrats and they're Republicans. Our core values are different” External link

washingtonexaminer Thursday, June 3, 2021 10:37:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch told : “I would say to people who don’t pay close attention to what we do in Springfield that we got some good things done, things they would be proud of,” External link

suntimes Thursday, June 3, 2021 1:36:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “This was a great start, a great beginning,” External link

suntimes Thursday, June 3, 2021 1:36:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Well that’s a complex issue,” External link

washingtonexaminer Wednesday, June 2, 2021 9:51:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We got a lot more to do but this was a great start,” External link

whig Wednesday, June 2, 2021 5:18:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We got a lot more to do but this was a great start,” External link

southernminn Wednesday, June 2, 2021 3:24:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “This is a straightforward proposal to address gun violence given the decades-long stalemate at the federal level, and I hope my Senate colleagues give it strong consideration,” External link

theherald-news Sunday, May 30, 2021 6:24:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “It has to be substantive and signal that it is a new day in Springfield,” External link

washingtonexaminer Tuesday, May 18, 2021 7:39:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “You can’t go wrong with more data,” External link

hellenicshippingnews Tuesday, May 11, 2021 5:52:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “You can’t go wrong with more data,” External link

wsau Tuesday, May 11, 2021 4:33:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : "You can't go wrong with more data," External link

news-yahoo Tuesday, May 11, 2021 2:30:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “No fans would be devastating news and I don’t see how the Shamrocks can play with zero attendance,” External link

timescolonist Tuesday, May 4, 2021 8:37:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Today will be the last time I talk about us as Democrats and Republicans,” External link

southernminn Saturday, April 24, 2021 3:21:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Today will be the last time I talk about us as Democrats and Republicans,” External link

theherald-news Saturday, April 24, 2021 12:53:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “There’s nothing to celebrate, though, as a system that allows this to happen still prevails,” External link

chicagotribune Wednesday, April 21, 2021 4:14:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “There’s nothing to celebrate, though, as a system that allows this to happen still prevails,” External link

chicagotribune Wednesday, April 21, 2021 2:15:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “When our public art doesn’t represent positive history that we can all celebrate, it sends a particularly harmful message to people of color that these beliefs are shared by their own government,” External link

chicagotribune Friday, April 16, 2021 11:47:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We are the party that believes in democracy and letting people vote,” “And that’s what this is all about, building our bench, getting people elected to the school boards” External link

chicagotribune Thursday, April 8, 2021 9:52:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Chris Welch ) : “It won’t just be the Chris Welch Show, there will be other Democrats out there helping me raise money on behalf of our caucus, this will be a total team effort,” “It’s important that we work together, in collaboration and in partnership. When we work together we can achieve some great things” External link

suntimes Saturday, March 20, 2021 7:46:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “As new leaders come on board, we’re making changes across the party ... It’s a new day, it’s a new era, it’s a new approach,” “I think it’s important when a new leader comes into a position as important as this one that we don’t just ponder about it being a new beginning and a fresh start, we take action, and I believe that this was one of the actions we are taking or have taken to show that this is a fresh start. It’s also a promise that I made to my caucus members that we’re going to do things in a different way” External link

suntimes Saturday, March 20, 2021 7:46:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We’re going to take ownership in the Democrats for the Illinois House — it’s something we should see as a point of pride, we’re going to be proud of what this committee does and getting Democrats elected across the state,” “I think it’s indicative of a true fresh start” External link

suntimes Saturday, March 20, 2021 7:46:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “you’re going to hear me talk about that a lot” External link

suntimes Wednesday, March 17, 2021 1:43:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “The media and political junkies assume I’m here to be the new party king — I don’t want to be anybody’s king,” “That could be the furthest from the truth. I’m not here to roll out top-down decisions and direction on policymaking and legislative. I am really here to get things done — fast and decisively, but done well and collaboratively. People need us to act, they need to see us do that by working together” External link

suntimes Wednesday, March 17, 2021 1:43:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I think it’s extremely important that we are very intentional about providing access to health care, not just to the wealthy, but to lower income communities as well,” “We have to not just talk about it, we have to do the work” External link

suntimes Wednesday, March 17, 2021 1:43:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “If we don’t change (the current flat tax) ... we’re going to be talking about this in another five years,” External link

theherald-news Tuesday, March 2, 2021 3:54:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch told ( about Rules Committee ) : “Every single bill that was filed on time is being kicked out of Rules and into a substantive committee, that’s a fair chance,” External link

washingtonexaminer Monday, March 1, 2021 5:05:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I think a fair map is a map that reflects the diversity of our state,” “Diversity is the strength of Illinois. Look at the Democratic Caucus, for instance. Diversity is the strength of our caucus. If you look at a map and it doesn’t reflect the diversity of the state, I don’t know how anyone can call that a fair map” External link

theherald-news Sunday, February 28, 2021 5:32:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “If there’s a vacancy they have a right to do that,” External link

suntimes Thursday, February 25, 2021 5:26:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I want that person who is leading the party to work with me to help get Democrats elected to the Illinois House, and I’m confident that any of those people … will help us get Democrats elected,” “I think the best thing for me to do is to sit back and let that thing resolve itself” External link

suntimes Thursday, February 25, 2021 5:26:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I think that’s something that we probably should really consider doing, because that’s a proven model that works,” “Tell the voters exactly how you’re going to spend this new money, and they may trust us more” External link

suntimes Thursday, February 25, 2021 5:26:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Evidenced by the failure of the progressive tax, folks don’t trust us,” “If we can rebuild that trust, it’ll be amazing what voters will help us do” External link

suntimes Thursday, February 25, 2021 5:26:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “If there’s a vacancy they have a right to do that,” External link

suntimes Thursday, February 25, 2021 3:10:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I want that person who is leading the party to work with me to help get Democrats elected to the Illinois House, and I’m confident that any of those people … will help us get Democrats elected,” “I think the best thing for me to do is to sit back and let that thing resolve itself” External link

suntimes Thursday, February 25, 2021 3:10:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I think that’s something that we probably should really consider doing, because that’s a proven model that works,” “Tell the voters exactly how you’re going to spend this new money, and they may trust us more” External link

suntimes Thursday, February 25, 2021 3:10:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Evidenced by the failure of the progressive tax, folks don’t trust us,” “If we can rebuild that trust, it’ll be amazing what voters will help us do” External link

suntimes Thursday, February 25, 2021 3:10:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We have to tell the voters what we’re going to do with that money,” External link

chicagotribune Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:20:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “In evidence by the failure of the progressive tax, folks don’t trust us,” “If we can rebuild that trust, it’ll be amazing what voters will help us do” External link

chicagotribune Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:20:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Illinois Democratic ) : “I have full confidence in the state central committee’s ability to select a new chair. The Illinois Democratic party remains strong, and we will continue our work to create a more equitable state,” External link

theherald-news Tuesday, February 23, 2021 5:23:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I thank Michael Madigan for his 20-plus years of service as the chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois, which has left us with a supermajority in both chambers of the General Assembly,” “I have full confidence in the state central committee’s ability to select a new chair. The Illinois Democratic party remains strong, and we will continue our work to create a more equitable state” External link

fox2now Tuesday, February 23, 2021 3:05:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Under him, we’ve had strong, sustained Democratic leadership in Springfield,” External link

suntimes Friday, February 19, 2021 4:43:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Now we must build on that with a new generation of leadership focused on racial and gender equity in all dimensions, improving government transparency, and leading with the kind of conviction, compassion and cooperation expected by our constituents,” External link

suntimes Friday, February 19, 2021 4:43:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Under him, we’ve had strong, sustained Democratic leadership in Springfield,” External link

suntimes Friday, February 19, 2021 1:07:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Now we must build on that with a new generation of leadership focused on racial and gender equity in all dimensions, improving government transparency, and leading with the kind of conviction, compassion and cooperation expected by our constituents,” External link

chicagotribune Thursday, February 18, 2021 9:31:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Under him, we’ve had strong, sustained Democratic leadership in Springfield,” “We legalized same-sex marriage, abolished the death penalty and solidified abortion rights. Illinois also became the first state in the Midwest to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour” External link

wcfcourier Thursday, February 18, 2021 9:05:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Illinois Democratic ) : “Under him, we’ve had strong, sustained Democratic leadership in Springfield,” External link

suntimes Thursday, February 18, 2021 7:21:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We like the depth we’ve added,” “We believe four or five of our draft picks will be able to step right in” External link

timescolonist Saturday, February 13, 2021 5:12:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Clayton is a proven winner from the well-coached Coquitlam junior lacrosse factory,” External link

timescolonist Saturday, February 13, 2021 5:12:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Change does not happen overnight — it’s a process,” “That process began in earnest on Jan. 14, when we could have taken a vote on the rules, we pulled those rules and slowed the process down” External link

suntimes Thursday, February 11, 2021 3:27:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “While part of my job as Speaker is to relay the range of opinions among all House members, it was important that this decision rest with the Governor and his team of health experts,” External link

suntimes Thursday, February 4, 2021 4:47:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I commend the Governor’s decision to allow state legislators to get the COVID-19 vaccine in the 1B phase. While part of my job as Speaker is to relay the range of opinions among all House members, it was important that this decision rest with the Governor and his team of health experts,” “The issues and challenges facing the General Assembly are enormous, so this is a welcomed step in the interest of government functionality and safety. Whether or not to get a vaccine is a personal choice for every member, but I encourage those who are at-risk or have vulnerable family members to strongly consider it” External link

chicagotribune Thursday, February 4, 2021 2:12:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “The issues and challenges facing the General Assembly are enormous, so this is a welcomed step in the interest of government functionality and safety,” External link

chicagotribune Wednesday, February 3, 2021 10:37:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “The issues and challenges facing the General Assembly are enormous, so this is a welcomed step in the interest of government functionality and safety,” External link

chicagotribune Wednesday, February 3, 2021 10:07:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : ”The issues and challenges facing the General Assembly are enormous, so this is a welcomed step in the interest of government functionality and safety,” External link

chicagotribune Wednesday, February 3, 2021 9:33:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “First of all, let me say that I think my list is full of people that are super talented,” “I’m really proud of the diversity of our caucus. I think that’s the strength of our caucus, the strength of our state. But also I think you can’t not recognize the fact that those people are high in seniority” External link

theherald-news Monday, February 1, 2021 3:08:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Those new committees should be a signal of where we’re headed,” “Ethics reform is very important to me,” External link

theherald-news Monday, February 1, 2021 3:08:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Anyone who knows me knows that I know my voice,” External link

theherald-news Monday, February 1, 2021 3:08:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “When I was elected Speaker, I promised to model the kind of leadership we need to restore the public’s confidence in our ethics,” External link

whig Sunday, January 31, 2021 2:05:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “When I was elected Speaker, I promised to model the kind of leadership we need to restore the public’s confidence in our ethics,” External link

wacotrib Sunday, January 31, 2021 2:00:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “First of all, let me say that I think my list is full of people that are super talented,” “I’m really proud of the diversity of our caucus. I think that’s the strength of our caucus, the strength of our state. But also I think you can’t not recognize the fact that those people are high in seniority” External link

suntimes Saturday, January 30, 2021 4:11:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “He’s someone that I know and trust,” External link

suntimes Saturday, January 30, 2021 4:11:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Those new committees should be a signal of where we’re headed,” “Ethics reform is very important to me. We need to rebuild trust in the legislature, we need to rebuild trust in our process” External link

suntimes Saturday, January 30, 2021 4:11:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I understand what the governor’s issues are on that, and I respect his position,” “I’m going to take the vaccine when it’s my turn. Other members have their personal thoughts on that, and I’ll defer to them” External link

suntimes Saturday, January 30, 2021 4:11:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Anyone who knows me knows that I know my voice,” “I’m looking forward to using my new voice to continue to highlight the issues that are important to me and to the communities that I serve and the core constituencies that our caucus represents, so I want to continue to find a way” External link

suntimes Saturday, January 30, 2021 4:11:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Well, I definitely agree that I’m taking over at a challenging time,” External link

theherald-news Saturday, January 30, 2021 2:07:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I really speak very highly of Speaker Madigan,” “We wouldn’t have 73 Democrats and a super majority in our chamber without Speaker Madigan. But I will say that I still have to be Chris Welch” External link

theherald-news Saturday, January 30, 2021 2:07:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “And I actually called him this past Saturday (Jan. 23) to talk to him about the intent about going back to session to improve the rules on February 10, find out who his point person is on the rules,” “And he was pleasantly surprised to receive a call from me on a Saturday morning” External link

theherald-news Saturday, January 30, 2021 2:07:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “People are struggling during the pandemic; rental assistance is desperately needed. Mortgage assistance is desperately needed,” “People are struggling and we’re going to find ways to help them” External link

chicagotribune Thursday, January 28, 2021 4:19:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “to make sure that, coming out of the pandemic, we remain a viable place for tourists,” External link

suntimes Thursday, January 28, 2021 3:07:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I think not only the election of a new speaker, but an ethics reform package coming out of the General Assembly this session, will help us really rebuild trust in the Legislature and in the legislative process,” External link

suntimes Thursday, January 28, 2021 3:07:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “As we begin a new day in the House, I’m committed to assembling a Democratic leadership team that values those things that have made our caucus so successful while also pursuing needed changes to strengthen our caucus, our House and our state,” External link

theherald-news Monday, January 25, 2021 3:17:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We have to plan for a number of contingencies,” External link

timescolonist Sunday, January 24, 2021 5:10:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We can’t go forward with a season if it means zero attendance allowed,” “We might be able to with reduced attendance. It’s something we will have to take a close look at” External link

timescolonist Sunday, January 24, 2021 5:10:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We’re going to probably use the BOS Center for a little while,” External link

suntimes Saturday, January 23, 2021 3:39:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I’m looking forward to working with Jessica,” “I think she’s been a great chief of staff. She knows this process and I’m going to lean on her as well. And I think everyone would understand the need to have a transition period. You don’t come in a door and immediately start making changes, especially when three days ago you didn’t even expect to be in the position” External link

suntimes Saturday, January 23, 2021 3:39:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I’ve believed in fair maps since I’ve been in the legislature,” “And so we’re going to begin that process. We’re going to work with Democrats and Republicans, we’re gonna work with the Senate, we’re gonna work with the governor. Because my definition of fair maps may be different from what everyone else’s is. So, we have to do this in partnership. Remember that if we’re not doing this in partnership, we already have a difficult task ahead of us, it’s only going to get more difficult if we don’t do this with all the voices around the table” External link

suntimes Saturday, January 23, 2021 3:39:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We’re talking through with a number of folks getting guidance, and we’ll see how things go,” External link

suntimes Saturday, January 23, 2021 3:39:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “But you know, he is available to me, we’ve sat and talked twice,” External link

suntimes Saturday, January 23, 2021 3:39:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch told : “The legislature is going to be a check on the executive branch,” External link

washingtonexaminer Thursday, January 21, 2021 10:03:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : "OFS Portal was created by its Members to ensure that data integrity and ownership are explicitly addressed in the digital enablement of the Oil & Gas supply chain," External link

finanznachrichten-en Thursday, January 21, 2021 7:28:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch told : “Our caucus has a very deep bench of people who love this state,” External link

suntimes Thursday, January 21, 2021 4:55:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We’re going to have a tough session and some tough decisions ahead and I believe they will be people that colleagues will look at and be able to get good, honest information from and, when they cast a vote, they’re casting it for the right reasons,” External link

suntimes Thursday, January 21, 2021 4:55:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch told : “I’m going to have an open and ongoing relationship with the governor to express what I’m hearing from our members,” External link

theherald-news Tuesday, January 19, 2021 4:15:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch told : “I’m going to have an open and ongoing relationship with the governor to express what I’m hearing from our members,” External link

suntimes Saturday, January 16, 2021 2:20:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I spent time going member by member, talking to each and every one of them, to try to address their concerns,” External link

chicagotribune Friday, January 15, 2021 4:35:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Dream ) : “While our state has many problems, our schools are better, more children have access to healthcare, and our working-class families will easily live the American Dream,” External link

washingtonexaminer Thursday, January 14, 2021 10:10:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I do plan to have the legislature very involved in the process,” “This year, we’re working through COVID protocols. We’ll use the [Bank of Springfield] Center if we have to but we’re looking at a safe return to the capitol so that we can be engaged in the governing process in 2021” External link

suntimes Thursday, January 14, 2021 9:09:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “the first things that I’m going to have to tackle,” External link

suntimes Thursday, January 14, 2021 9:09:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I believe that the work that I have done in the legislature has demonstrated who I am as a person … it demonstrates what people think of me because this happened pretty fast and many of my colleagues are the ones who encouraged me to do this,” External link

suntimes Thursday, January 14, 2021 9:09:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I think it’s important to focus on the fact that we have made history here in the state with a new speaker for the first time in ... years,” “We are going to govern in a new direction and it’s not going to be the same. I’m looking forward to being able to show that we’re going to bring some new and exciting things to this position” External link

suntimes Thursday, January 14, 2021 9:09:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “People mature, they look back and would do things differently and I think my life’s work here in the legislature shows my respect for women,” External link

washingtonexaminer Thursday, January 14, 2021 8:35:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Possibly make changes, possibly make a lot of changes,” “I don’t know what those changes are until I have these conversations that’s going to take place pretty quickly” External link

washingtonexaminer Thursday, January 14, 2021 8:35:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I have reconciled with the individual since that night,” External link

suntimes Thursday, January 14, 2021 3:59:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “People mature, they look back and would do things differently, handle situations differently,” External link

chicagotribune Thursday, January 14, 2021 2:44:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “Today will be the last time I talk about us as Democrats or Republicans because I want to talk about us being united,” External link

theherald-news Thursday, January 14, 2021 1:33:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “This verbal argument occurred nearly two decades ago,” “I will be honest that I have reconciled with the individual since that night” External link

chicagotribune Wednesday, January 13, 2021 9:03:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “This verbal argument occurred nearly two decades ago,” “I will be honest that I have reconciled with the individual since that night” External link

chicagotribune Wednesday, January 13, 2021 4:45:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I am honored to be called upon my colleagues from the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus to put my name in for consideration,” External link

southernminn Tuesday, January 12, 2021 10:48:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “The governor has been very clear in his words, he has said the speaker should address these issues and he should do them at a podium and take questions from people like you,” “He didn't say anything about the speaker coming before the Special Investigating Committee” External link

washingtonexaminer Thursday, December 17, 2020 5:19:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “How are we going to conduct a fair and impartial investigation when they had their minds already made up before the ink was dry on that petition,” External link

washingtonexaminer Tuesday, December 15, 2020 4:18:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “That’s what this was, a show trial,” External link

suntimes Tuesday, December 15, 2020 5:21:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Jim Durkin ) : “This is a sham, political show trial to help leader Durkin try to become speaker, and he’s abusing what this rule was meant for, and to to vote to support subpoenas in this process is pandering to that abuse, and I refused to do it,” External link

suntimes Tuesday, December 15, 2020 5:21:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Jim Durkin ) : “This is nothing but politics. This is a sham show trial ...,” “There’s not a self-respecting Democrat in this state who would vote for Jim Durkin to be speaker of this House” External link

beaumontenterprise Tuesday, December 15, 2020 4:03:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Jim Durkin ) : “This is nothing but politics. This is a sham show trial …,” “There’s not a self-respecting Democrat in this state who would vote for Jim Durkin to be speaker of this House” External link

therepublic Tuesday, December 15, 2020 3:45:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Jim Durkin ) : “It is most likely that any individual for whom a subpoena is issued will go to court to quash it, leaving us in no better position to assess the merits of Leader Durkin’s charges than we are now,” External link

washingtonexaminer Monday, December 14, 2020 4:47:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Jim Durkin ) : “Leader Durkin is clearly seeking a public distraction from ComEd emails showing that the company took the same steps to influence him that he would now portray as unbecoming conduct, but his constant attempts to drag a serious investigative effort into politics will not influence the work of this committee,” External link

southernminn Thursday, December 3, 2020 2:45:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I never expected a push for diversity to cause one of the most hotly debated bills on the floor of the year,” External link

mynews13 Wednesday, December 2, 2020 12:28:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I never expected a push for diversity to cause one of the most hotly debated bills on the floor of the year,” External link

seattlepi Tuesday, December 1, 2020 11:51:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : "I never expected a push for diversity to cause one of the most hotly debated bills on the floor of the year," External link

timescolonist Tuesday, December 1, 2020 11:41:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “I never expected a push for diversity to cause one of the most hotly debated bills on the floor of the year,” External link

ABCnews Tuesday, December 1, 2020 11:29:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “we definitely traced the source to a family member in our circle who tested positive earlier in the week,” External link

suntimes Tuesday, December 1, 2020 4:23:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “we definitely traced the source to a family member in our circle who tested positive earlier in the week,” External link

suntimes Monday, November 30, 2020 10:07:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch wrote : “With this information, the committee plans to resume meeting in-person on Monday, December 14, giving members time to take necessary health and safety precautions following the Thanksgiving holiday and return prepared to safely continue the work of the committee,” External link

suntimes Thursday, November 26, 2020 1:42:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “The federal prosecutor’s indictments against former ComEd associates elaborate on the company’s pattern of behavior as was previously detailed in the deferred prosecution agreement,” “They do not, however, give members of this committee carte blanche to substitute partisan grandstanding for deliberate consideration” External link

southernminn Sunday, November 22, 2020 10:02:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “The federal prosecutor’s indictments against former ComEd associates elaborate on the company’s pattern of behavior as was previously detailed in the deferred prosecution agreement,” “They do not, however, give members of this committee carte blanche to substitute partisan grandstanding for deliberate consideration” External link

southernminn Friday, November 20, 2020 2:38:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “From the breathless demands that legislators join his rush to judgment to the coordinated attacks launched by his campaign operation, Leader Durkin’s only goal is political theater,” “I urge Leader Durkin to put the political performances aside and let our investigation take its course” External link

suntimes Friday, October 9, 2020 3:40:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “In the interim, the committee’s work continues; we are reaching out to attorneys for Fidel Marquez to arrange his testimony, and engaging in a thorough review of our subpoena power, so members of this committee can make a fully informed decision and set responsible precedent for years to come,” External link

washingtonexaminer Wednesday, October 7, 2020 10:26:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “This information provides critical context for the committee’s work,” External link

washingtonexaminer Wednesday, October 7, 2020 10:26:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “without the backdrop of a political campaign” External link

washingtonexaminer Wednesday, October 7, 2020 10:26:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said : “At every step of this process, our cooperation has been accompanied with the proviso that we will not allow this committee to be used as a stage for political theater — an admonishment our Republican colleagues appear to have taken more as a challenge than as a reflection of this committee’s serious work,” External link

southernminn Wednesday, October 7, 2020 4:10:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch replied : “The (Special Investigating Committee) convening on Nov. 5, 2020, in the Capitol, after the election, removes this process from the backdrop of an election where two members of the committee are in the middle of contested political campaigns” External link

southernminn Wednesday, October 7, 2020 4:10:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “At every step of this process, our cooperation has been accompanied with the proviso that we will not allow this committee to be used as a stage for political theater — an admonishment our Republican colleagues appear to have taken more as a challenge than as a reflection of this committee’s serious work,” External link

suntimes Wednesday, October 7, 2020 3:29:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “The Republican members of this committee are also engaged in competitive political campaigns in which they have chosen to campaign almost exclusively against the speaker,” External link

washtimes Wednesday, October 7, 2020 2:11:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Jim Durkin ) : “While sitting on a committee that is charged with conducting an impartial investigation based on the petition filed by Leader Durkin, the Republican members of this committee are also engaged in competitive political campaigns in which they have chosen to campaign almost exclusively against the speaker,” External link

chicagotribune Wednesday, October 7, 2020 12:18:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch said : “We cannot conduct a thorough investigation with blinders on; if we are to consider whether ComEd’s admissions in the deferred prosecution agreement constitute conduct unbecoming of a lawmaker, we need to understand the full extent of ComEd’s actions — including interactions with other elected officials instrumental to the passage of their legislation,” External link

chicagotribune Wednesday, October 7, 2020 12:18:00 AM EAT

Chris Welch asked : “Is a public official guilty of bribery because someone tries to bribe them?” External link

suntimes Sunday, October 4, 2020 7:29:00 PM EAT



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Chris Welch said ( about Chris Welch ) : “I think here in the last 13 months, if you speak to our colleagues on both sides of the aisle, I’ve done it my way. The Chris Welch way. The only way I know how,” “And it’s a new day in Springfield” External link

chicagotribune Thursday, March 3, 2022 4:29:00 AM EAT

Anthony DeLuca said ( about Chris Welch ) : “All of us here know how things work in Springfield, we included term limits in our rules, that in itself was very historic,” “This takes it to an entirely new level, and it would not have happened without the support of Speaker Welch” External link

theherald-news Friday, April 23, 2021 1:40:00 AM EAT

Anthony DeLuca said ( about Chris Welch ) : “This is an initiative of really the membership in the House and of Speaker Welch and I want to give Speaker Welch a lot of credit for supporting this measure,” External link

theherald-news Wednesday, April 14, 2021 10:12:00 PM EAT

Chris Welch said ( about Chris Welch ) : “It won’t just be the Chris Welch Show, there will be other Democrats out there helping me raise money on behalf of our caucus, this will be a total team effort,” “It’s important that we work together, in collaboration and in partnership. When we work together we can achieve some great things” External link

suntimes Saturday, March 20, 2021 7:46:00 PM EAT

Kelly Cassidy said ( about Chris Welch ) : “I did so because, at the same time that we’re ending years of scandal over allegations of sexual harassment and corruption, we have also just been made aware of troubling allegations from Speaker Welch’s past,” External link

chicagotribune Thursday, January 14, 2021 2:44:00 AM EAT

Mike Madigan said ( about Chris Welch ) : "It is time for new leadership in the House. I wish all the best for Speaker-elect Welch as he begins a historic speakership. It is my sincere hope today that the caucus I leave to him and to all who will serve alongside him is stronger than when I began," "And as I look at the large and diverse Democratic majority we have built—full of young leaders ready to continue moving our state forward, strong women and people of color, and members representing all parts of our state—I am confident Illinois remains in good hands" External link

patch Wednesday, January 13, 2021 11:57:00 PM EAT

Jim Durkin said ( about Chris Welch ) : “emissaries have been sent to me from Rep. Welch” External link

chicagotribune Wednesday, January 13, 2021 4:12:00 AM EAT

Jim Durkin said ( about Chris Welch ) : “After trying to find every possible roadblock to delay this committee, be it by repeatedly misrepresenting the U.S. Attorney’s Office position and refusing to discuss subpoenaed testimony … Chairman Welch conveniently realized that he was out of excuses and pulled the plug,” External link

suntimes Friday, October 9, 2020 3:40:00 AM EAT