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March 3, 2022
Speaker Welch's Statement on Madigan Indictment
“As Chair of the Special Investigating Committee, I made it clear that this matter needed to be handled in a court of law, completely separate from the legislature. As is evident by this federal indictment, the full weight of the justice system was needed to ensure all charges are investigated properly and thoroughly. At my direction, the Office of the Speaker has fully cooperated with the investigation and will continue to do so.”
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Watch now: State lawmakers not surprised by Madigan indictment, Democrats look to move on
SPRINGFIELD — As news broke Wednesday afternoon that former House Speaker Michael Madigan was indicted on federal racketeering charges, lawmakers in the chamber he once led initially continued on with their business as if it were a normal legislative day. 
Ex-Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is indicted on federal racketeering charges
Former Illinois House Speaker and ex-Democratic Party boss Michael Madigan was indicted Wednesday in federal court with racketeering and taking bribes, according to the unsealed indictment.
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Partnership to Fight Infectious Disease:
State Representative Emanuel Welch PSA
Illinois State Representative Emanuel Welch addresses communities about the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccines are available across the country, and communities are working hard to ensure that everyone has accurate information about the vaccines so that anyone who wants to be vaccinated has the opportunity to do so. In the meantime, it is important that we continue to follow health and safety guidelines. Watch Video →
The Illinois State Police Merit Board is processing applications for Cadet Class 137
Cadet Class 137 is tentatively scheduled to begin in June 2022.
Cadet Class 137 has the potential to include Fast Track and Non‐Fast Track applicants.
Cadet Class 137 – June 2022
Deadline to Apply & Submit Required Documents: January 31, 2022

Physical Fitness Inventory Test (PFIT)/Recruitment Exam Testing Date Options (PFIT/Recruitment Testing must be completed on the SAME DAY):
January 2022

  • January 8, 2022 – Glen Ellyn, IL – RSVP Deadline – December 31, 2021
  • January 9, 2022 – Glen Ellyn, IL – RSVP Deadline – December 31, 2021
February 2022
  • February 5, 2022 – Springfield, IL – RSVP Deadline January 31, 2022
  • February 6, 2022 – Springfield, IL – RSVP Deadline January 31, 2022
  • February 19, 2022 – TBD Location – North - RSVP Deadline January 31, 2022
  • February 20, 2022 – TBD Location – North - RSVP Deadline January 31, 2022 
                       Apply Today!
  * All hiring is conducted through the Illinois State Police Merit Board *
Meet Speaker Emanuel "Chris" Welch
Did you know he has a dog named Rico? Get to know Speaker Welch!
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What Can Speaker Emanuel "Chris" Welch do for you?
Speaker Welch's office can assist you in navigating a wide variety of state services and offers several events year round.

Call Speaker Welch's Full-Time Constituent Service Office at 708-450-1000 to learn more.
Congratulations, Speaker Emanuel "Chris" Welch!
State Representative Emanuel "Chris" Welch was designated a Lifetime Environmental Champion by the Illinois Environmental Council! He stands with IEC in making it a priority to safeguard the environment for generations to come.
State Representative Emanuel "Chris" Welch was named Legislator of the Year by The Illinois Association of Park Districts.
State Representative Emanuel "Chris" Welch was awarded the prestigious Friend of Education Award from the Illinois Education Association, Illinois' largest teachers union.
State Representative, D-7th Emanuel "Chris" Welch
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