The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement regarding the news that Representative Emanuel “Chris” Welch has been elected and sworn in as the 70th Speaker of the Illinois House.

“The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, representing nearly 1,000 businesses across the region, congratulates Representative Welch on his election to Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives. This is a historic moment for all of us in Illinois and we are excited to continue our work with Speaker Welch as we drive a pro-growth and principled policy agenda,” said Jack Lavin, President & Chief Executive Officer, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. “We would also like to congratulate all members of the Illinois 102nd General Assembly and we look forward to working with all of our elected officials to advance economic development and improve the business climate of the Chicagoland region for businesses of all sizes and industries.”