Illinois House elects Welch first Black speaker — moments after Madigan finally agrees ‘it’s time for new leadership’

Illinois State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, joins lawmakers at their desks as they are sworn in for the 102nd General Assembly at the Bank of Springfield Center on Wednesday. | Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP State Rep.

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Democratic panel chair says his COVID-19 diagnosis won’t affect state House probe of Madigan

State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, opens a House Special Investigating Committee hearing in Springfield in September. | Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register via AP file State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch tweeted about his COVID-19 diagnosis on Sunday. The Hillside Democrat

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U.S. attorney spells out rules of the road for legislators investigating Madigan: Go, until I tell you to stop

State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, left; U.S. Attorney John Lausch, center; State Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, right. | Rebecca Anzel/Capitol News Illinois; Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times; Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register via AP, Pool Ron Safer — a former federal prosecutor

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