(BURR RIDGE) – On behalf of Teamsters throughout the State of Illinois, Teamsters Joint Council No. 25 President Terrence J. Hancock offered his congratulations to State Representative Emanuel “Chris” Welch on being elected Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives for the 102nd General Assembly on Wednesday.

“On behalf of Teamsters Joint Council 25 and the 100,000 hard working men and women we represent, I would like to offer our sincere congratulations to Speaker Welch. This is an historic moment, not just because the House is seeing its first change in speaker in three decades, but also because Speaker Welch is the first African American to lead the House in our State’s history,” Hancock said.

“This is an important time for our nation. We are more divided than we have ever been in my lifetime. That is why it is critical that we have strong leadership in our State. In his time in the House, Speaker Welch has been a staunch supporter of working families, and I am confident he will bring that same sensibility to his new role,” Hancock said.

“I would also like to thank outgoing Speaker of the House Michael J. Madigan for his decades of public service and his dedication to working families and the labor movement. I know that our Members and countless others throughout the State, are the better for it,” Hancock said. “And to Speaker Welch, I look forward to working with you on behalf of Teamsters throughout Illinois, and I wish you nothing but success as our next Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives.”