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Local legislators foresee more cooperation under new Speaker Welch

Representatives of Homewood and Flossmoor believe a new Speaker of the House in Springfield offers a chance for the General Assembly to move in a different direction.

State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch (D-Hillside) was elected Wednesday to succeed Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) as speaker of the Illinois House. He’ll be the first African American to serve in the role in state history.

Madigan has been speaker since 1983. He suspended his bid for another term after falling short of the necessary votes on Sunday. Welch was nominated Monday by Rep. Maurice West (D . . .

Winter events



  • Nanny Nikki holiday music program at Flossmoor Public Library, 1000 Sterling Ave., at 11 a.m.
  • Miracle on Martin in downtown Homewood, 3 to 6 p.m.



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