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Illinois Speaker on what the legislature finished this spring, what didn’t get done and the new budget


Emanuel "Chris" Welch became Illinois' first Black lawmaker to serve as speaker of the house in 2021. He was first elected to the Illinois Legislature in 2012. Seth Perlman/AP

Last Wednesday, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a $50.4 billion budget for the coming fiscal year after lawmakers missed a self-imposed deadline and were forced to return to the statehouse after Memorial Day.

Illinois Speaker of the House of Representatives Chris Welch joined The 21st to talk about the recently signed state budget: what was in it, what didn't make it in, and more.


Speaker Chris Welch

D-Hillside | Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives



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