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May 29, 2019

“Diversity Drives Performance” – Adjusting Illinois Board Rooms For The Better

Illinois businesses are constantly changing, but Representative Emanuel Chris Welch noticed that board members rarely change. Steve Grzanich and the Representative from the 7th District of Illinois discussed the bill that is close to being passed that will ensure a diverse board for Illinois based businesses to better the company performance and provide more opportunity.

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MAY 1, 2019

Why I'm pushing a boardroom diversity bill in Springfield

State Rep. Emanuel "Chris" Welch says his measure is necessary after decades of prejudicial business and public practices. We can and must do better to ensure that African-American, Latino and female voices are heard in the boardroom.

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April 28, 2019

Diversity is a must on corporate boards

Rick Pearson talks to Democratic State Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch, and Rebecca Shi, Executive Director, Illinois Business Immigration Council, on legislation requiring diversity on corporate boards. Emanuel Chris Welch describes what the legislation sets out to accomplish; Rebecca and Emanuel share the benefits of a diverse board and why it’s crucial to a corporation’s success; and much more.

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April 27, 2019

Op-Ed: Why Corporate Diversity Matters’

We can and must do better to ensure that African American, Latino and women voices are heard in the boardroom. Many in the business community agree. A recent survey of board members and executives commissioned by Deloitte concluded that “Business leaders clearly believe in the benefits of diversity on their boards of directors."

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April 4, 2019

Opinion: Rep. Welch: It’s time to act on student mental health’

"The stories that Asha has seen are far too common in Illinois. As a college sophomore, she and many of her peers sought mental health counseling, but felt alienated or stigmatized by the campus counseling center."

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february 18, 2019

‘We Are Not Going To Let Them Close These Doors!’

By Michael Romain

"A shivering crowd of at least 40 people gathered under snowfall and in 20-degree weather on Monday morning just across the street from Westlake to protest the recent decision by the hospital’s new owner to close the institution."

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January 23, 2019

VFP: Welch Named New Chair Of Powerful House Committee

By Michael Romain

"An area lawmaker was recently named to head a powerful committee in the Illinois House of Representatives, according to a report by Rich Miller’s Capitol Fax blog."

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December 4, 2018

VFP: Lawmaker Named Co-chair Of Pritzker’s Education Transition Committee

By Michael Romain

"A state lawmaker who represents many parts of Proviso Township was recently named to help lead a key committee that is part of Illinois Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker’s campaign transition."

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November 27, 2018

NBC5: Pritzker Announces Education Committee Aiming to Raise Illinois Student Standards

By Ash-har Quraishi

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November 20, 2018

CLTV: Proposal to Let Teachers Carry Guns Rejected Amidst School Safety Debate

By Jordan Muck

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November 17, 2018

ABC 7 Chicago: Illinois Association of School Boards Votes Against Giving Districts Option to Arm Teachers

"CHICAGO (WLS) -- Members of the Illinois Association of School Boards voted Saturday against a resolution that would give school districts the option to train and arm staff.

The resolution failed 203-179."

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September 20, 2018

VFP: Police Chiefs, Legislator Visit Maywood Preschool, Urge State to Boost Funds

By Community Editor

"Two area police chiefs and a state legislator recently visited a prekindergarten class in Maywood in order to read to students and show their support for additional preschool funding."

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September 13, 2018

VFP: Small Farmers Spend A Day In Proviso Township With Their Adopted State Rep

By Michael Romain

"Whiteside County, Ill. is where the easternmost portion of Iowa kisses the westernmost portion of the Land of Lincoln. Tampico, one of the county’s most recognizable municipalities, is where President Ronald Reagan was born. Morrison, Whiteside’s county seat, is closer to Iowa City than Chicago."

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August 10, 2018

Press Release: New Restraint Law Will Keep Illinois Children Safe

WESTCHESTER – A new Illinois law pushed by Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, will ensure young children are properly restrained and safe while traveling in vehicles around the state.

Welch helped lead the efforts this year for House Bill 4377, which was signed into law last week.

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July 3, 2018

Opinion: Sorry, Guv, but you have by no means been the salvation of the black community

"When temporary workers faced serious hurdles in the workplace, state Rep. Carol Ammons stepped up to pass the Responsible Jobs Creation Act.

When students from Chicago and low-income areas around the state desperately needed a new school funding formula, state Rep. Will Davis led the charge."

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June 21, 2018

CLTV: Rauner Praises Trump Executive Order, Faces Backlash from Black Caucus

By Jordan Muck

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April 21, 2018

IEA: State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch Receives IEA Friend of Education Award

"ROSEMONT – One of the top public education advocates in the Illinois General Assembly is the recipient of the 2018 Friend of Education Award from the Illinois Education Association (IEA).

State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch (D-Hillside), was recognized with the award at the IEA Representative Assembly on Saturday at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill."

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November 9, 2017

NPR Illinois: Cursive Law Becomes Welch's Signature Issue

By Dusty Rhodes

"With teachers devoting much of their time to preparing students for standardized tests, penmanship has disappeared from the curriculum in many schools. A new state law approved yesterday will bring it back, to ensure elementary students get instruction in cursive writing — sometime between 2nd and 5th grade.

State Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch (D-Hillside) filed the measure the same day lawmakers approved his resolution on zombie apocalypse preparedness.

He took this measure a bit more seriously, but he wasn’t sure anyone else would."

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October 30, 2017

Chicago Tonight: State Lawmakers Speak Out on Sexual Harassment in Springfield

By Evan Garcia

"It’s been one week since an open letter describing a culture of sexual harassment and misconduct in Springfield began circulating online.

Since then, nearly 300 women and men – including several politicians, public officials and political insiders – have signed the letter, which calls for #NoMore in Illinois, referencing the recent #MeToo social media trend in which victims of sexual harassment share their stories."

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April 24, 2017

NPR Illinois: The Flowing Font Fight

By Dusty Rhodes

"Should the State of Illinois require public schools to teach students how to write in cursive? That question is at the center of a legislative measure generating more controversy than you might expect for a bill that doesn’t even involve money."

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April 3, 2017

Chicago Tonight: For These Chicago Kids, Time is ‘Write’ for Cursive Clubs

By Amanda Vinicky

"Cursive has fallen out of fashion in many Chicago classrooms. But the time may be “write” for a resurgence.

“Ready? Around. Up. Pick up, here we go,” Chicago Public Schools teacher Crystal Oswald tells her students, as she traces a cursive capital letter “T” – the strokes of her pencil displayed on a screen in front of a row of desks."

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March 9, 2017

NBC 5 Chicago: Illinois House Votes to Make October 'Zombie Preparedness Month'

By Tom Schuba

"I am told that if you are prepared for zombies, then you would be prepared to deal with a natural disaster like tornadoes, blizzards, natural disasters of any kind,” Welch said on the House floor Thursday.

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Feburary 5, 2017

Chicago Tribune: State lawmakers consider expanding Illinois immigrant protections in response to Trump

By Tribune News Services

"Illinois legislators are proposing to boost immigrant protections statewide in response to President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration, a move advocates say would essentially give the state "sanctuary" status.

One proposal says schools, medical facilities and places of worship don't have to give access to federal immigration authorities or local law enforcement working on their behalf. Another proposal would limit cooperation and communication between local police and immigration authorities."

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December 13, 2016

Chicago Tonight: State Reps Say Paycheck Delay Unconstitutional

By Nick Blumberg

"No budget, no pay. That’s been the rallying cry behind the move to put state lawmaker paychecks in the same queue as the rest of the bills making up Illinois’ massive backlog. But six Democratic state representatives contend that forcing lawmakers to wait longer for their paychecks isn’t just illegal, it’s a Republican power play by Gov. Bruce Rauner and former Comptroller Leslie Munger."

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October 3, 2016

CBS News: Who Inherits a Selfie? States Seek to Fill Privacy Law Gaps

"SPRINGFIELD, ILL. -- When a loved one dies, laws cover how their houses, cars, and other property are passed on to relatives. But the rules are murkier - and currently far more restrictive - when it comes to pictures on Facebook, emails to friends or relatives and even financial records stored in online cloud accounts."

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