MILESTONES: County Commish Boykin Selects Bellwood Resident, Former State Rep. Cory Foster as Chief of Staff; Boykin, Rep. Welch Named ‘Men of Excellence’ by Chicago Defender

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Friday, January 2, 2015 || By Michael Romain

Boykin selects Bellwoodian as chief of staff

Cory Foster, a former 7th District Illinois state representative who resides in Bellwood, has been selected as newly-installed Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin’s first chief-of-staff, according to a statement released by the Commissioner’s office last Wednesday. Ford, 41, is a former deputy chief of staff to outgoing Governor Pat Quinn.

“Before transitioning to the Governor’s Office, he was Director of Community Affairs in the Lieutenant Governor’s Office,” the statement reads. “Foster brings extensive background in state government and policy-making including his work as division manager of statewide services at Central Management Services, as senior policy advisor to the director at the Department of Corrections, and as local office administrator at the Department of Human Services. He also spent 17 seasons serving as assistant boys’ basketball coach at Fenwick High School in Oak Park.”

“I am very pleased Cory Foster is joining my team,” said Commissioner Boykin. “After 16 years in public service with the Office of Governor Pat Quinn, the General Assembly and within several state agencies, I am proud Cory has decided to bring his expertise to the County,” Boykin said. “His diverse experiences in government will make him a valuable asset to my administration and to the people of the 1st District of Cook County.”

Foster has a B.S. in criminal justice, and A.A. in business administration and sociology from Drury University. He and his wife Shindana reside in Bellwood with their two children, Cory Jr., and Jayla, according to

Boykin, Rep. Welch are Chicago Defender ‘Men of Excellence’

Chris Welch on House FloorRichard Boykin Speaking at Gala

State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch (D-7th) has been selected as a 2015 Man of Excellence by the Chicago Defender. Honorees are nominated by people in the community and must be at least 21 years of age and a resident of the Chicago metropolitan area, among other requirements.

Welch joins more than 30 other honorees who were selected this year. They include First District Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin, State Rep. LaShawn Ford, Harvey Mayor Eric Kellogg, new Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Summers, Jr., and Com Ed’s Billy McFarland.

Welch, a Maywood native who currently resides in Hillside, is only the most recent Maywood native and Proviso Township resident to have earned the distinction from the Defender. Last year, Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough and Maywood firefighter Denard L. Wade were recognized as ‘Woman of Excellence’ and ‘Man of Excellence’, respectively. Boykin, a minister and congregant at Rock of Ages Baptist Church who once had a law office near 17th and Madison, also has extensive Maywood ties.

The awards reception will take place on Friday, January 16, at 6 PM, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The recognition program will start at 7 PM. VFP

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