Tag: Rep. Chris Welch

Rep. Welch Goes to Washingon to Discuss School to Prison Pipeline; Denounces ‘Inequitable’ Education Bill

Chris Welch in DCFriday, October 3, 2014 || By Office of Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch

WESTCHESTER – Democratic State Representative Emanuel “ChrisWelch, D-7th, recently returned from a trip to Washington D.C. where he was invited to address the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Education Braintrust at their Annual Legislative Conference.  Rep. Welch specifically addressed eliminating the schools to prison pipeline.  The schools to prison pipeline is a pernicious problem that undermines educational opportunity for African-Americans.

Panelists addressed key efforts to break the pipeline including fair discipline initiatives, effective juvenile justice reform, and mentoring.  Rep. Welch‘s presentation focused on his 12 years of work on the Proviso Township High School District 209 Board of Education, and he also discussed important legislative initiatives that he has sponsored as a freshman legislator such as HB129, Bring Your Parents to School Day.  “I was honored to take part in such an important discussion, ” Welch said Tuesday.  “I was happy to showcase Proviso on the national stage.”  Rep. Welch also highlighted the importance of fair and equitable funding for public schools.

Joining Rep. Welch on the panel to discuss stopping the schools to prison pipeline were Catherine E. Lhamon, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Harry Lawson, Jr., Associate Director, National Education Association, Human and Civil Rights Department, Federick Ingram, President, United Teachers of Dade, Florida, Judge Stephen C. Teske, Chief Judge, Juvenile Court of Clayton County, Georgia, and Connie D. Franklin, CEO of All Angles Education Consulting, LLC.

Rep. Chris Welch Denounces SB16

Welch Co-Sponsors House Resolution Calling for a more Equitable Approach  

WESTCHESTER – Freshman Democratic State Representative Emanuel “ChrisWelch has joined the chorus of Illinois House members denouncing Senate Bill 16, a massive education funding reform bill proposed by downstate freshmen Senator Andy Manar of Decatur.  On Tuesday,Welch signed on as a co-sponsor of House Resolution HR1276 urging the members of the 98th General Assembly to cease efforts to pass SB16.  Welch‘s sponsorship of HR1276 gives the bill bi-partisan support.  To view the complete text of House Resolution 1276, please visit www.ilga.gov.

According to HR1276, the purpose of SB16 was to propose education funding that provides adequate, equitable, transparent, and accountable distribution of funds to school districts that will prepare students for achievement and success after high school.  However, if passed, several schools in the 7th Representative District stand to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars including Proviso Township High School District 209 and Westchester School District 92.

Prior to becoming State Representative in January 2013, Rep. Welch served on the Proviso School Board from November 2001 to May 2013.  He served as Board Chair for a decade, and he led the district in the creation of the Proviso Math and Science Academy (PMSA).  Newsweek Magazine recently named PMSA one of the best high schools in the nation.

“SB16 is a disaster.  If this bill passes in its current form, SB16 would devastate schools all across the 7th District and the State of Illinois,” Welch said Tuesday.  “Schools in my district need more funding, not less.”

Rep. Welch, a long term school board member, a school attorney, and a member of the Illinois Council of School Attorneys, spoke last Thursday in Washington D.C. on how to stop the schools to prison pipeline.  A key component of Welch‘s presentation was equitable funding for schools.

“I’m not against what Sen. Manar is trying to do in principle.  I just think there is a more equitable and reasonable approach to education funding reform,” Welch said Tuesday. VFP

Rep. Chris Welch serves all or most of the following west suburban communities:  Bellwood, Berkeley, Broadview, Forest Park, Hillside, LaGrange Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, River Forest, Westchester, and Western Springs.

 

Rep. Chris Welch’s Legislative Update: Maywood Employment Office to Stay Open, Senior Services Fair

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The following was released by the office of State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch:

Maywood Employment Office Remains Open, Seeking to Relocate Within Maywood Soon

MAYWOOD – On Thursday, September 26, 2013, the Director of the Illinois Department of Employment Services, Jay Rowell, announced at State Representative Chris Welch’s office that the Maywood Illinois workNet job center is NOT closing; it’s moving. Details about the job center relocation are forthcoming. However, the Illinois’ workNet job center will remain at its current 19th Avenue location until further notice.

Beginning Monday, October 7, 2013, unemployment insurance services will only be available online at www.ides.illinois.gov or by phone (800) 244-5631.  However, employment services provided by IDES and the services provided by the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership through E&ES will continue from the Maywood location.  Additionally, computer access will remain available.

Job seekers can continue to receive assistance with interview skills and resume writing. Veterans can obtain assistance transitioning into the civilian workforce.  Employers can access no-cost HR recruitment assistance.

For those looking for employment, please visit IDES online at Illinoisjoblink.com to look for work.  There are currently over 120,000 job opportunities.  Record your work search because it can help you remain eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.

For further information, please contact Rep. Welch’s constituent service office at (708) 450-1000 or Greg at IDES at (312) 793-9635.

Rep. Welch to Host Senior Services Fair This Saturday, October 5, 2013, at PMSA

WESTCHESTER, IL – Rep. Chris Welch will host a Senior Services Fair this Saturday, October 5, 2013 from Noon to 3pm at the Proviso Math and Science Academy.  Come out and learn about the various senior programs that are available and speak with representatives from state agencies including the Department on Aging, Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office, Secretary of State Jesse White’s office, State Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s office and many others.

Health screenings will also be provided by Westlake Hospital, and Walgreens will be available to provide flu shots.  An update on the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, will be provided.  Please bring your insurance and/or medicaid card with you to the fair.  Lunch will be provided, and Rep. Welch will personally call a few games of Bingo.  Come on out for some fun and information.

Rep. Welch serves communities in the 7th Representative District including all or portions of Bellwood, Berkeley, Broadview, Forest Park, Hillside, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, La Grange Park, River Forest, Westchester, and Western Springs.

For more information, contact Rep. Welch’s constituent service office at (708) 450-1000 or e-mail repwelch@emanuelchriswelch.com.  You can also visit the App Store and download the State Rep. Chris Welch app on iTunes. VFP

Rep. Welch’s Legislative Update: Green Grants, Senior Services Fair

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7th District Receives Green Infrastructure Grants

SPRINGFIELD – On Saturday, September 21, 2013, Governor Pat Quinn and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) announced more than $5 million in investments to 13 communities across Illinois for green infrastructure improvement projects.  Illinois Green Infrastructure Grants (IGIG) are designed to support projects that reduce the amount of pollution running into Illinois waterways from stormwater sources and reduce the risk of localized flooding.  The Saturday announcement was a part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect our natural resources and ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations while creating construction jobs.

Three 7th District communities received grant awards.  River Forest will receive a grant of $484,169 to build green alleys.  The Village of LaGrange Park will receive $416,500 for downspout disconnection assistance, and the Westchester Library Board will receive $163,099 to build a new permeable parking lot.

“I want to thank Governor Quinn and the Illinois EPA for shining the spotlight on the 7th District,” said Rep. Chris Welch who is a member of the Illinois Environmental Justice Commission.  “These grant awards will help keep the 7th District as a leader in our state’s efforts to protect environment.”

Any stormwater management project with the goal of preserving or restoring natural hydrology is known as “green infrastructure.”  This can include methods of using soil and vegetation for the preservation and restoration of natural landscape features, such as forests, floodplains, headwaters and wetlands.  Projects that could also be considered green infrastructure consist of permeable pavement, rain gardens and barrels, downspouts and bioswales.  The goal of these measures is to reduce nonpoint source pollution.

2013 is the third year of IGIG and the program has previously awarded more than $9 million to 23 green infrastructure projects around the state.  Included among the many improvements these projects have made are the installation of nearly 150 cisterns or rain barrels, 220 downspouts, 184 rain gardens, four green roofs, three urban wetlands and six acres of permeable pavement.  For more information about the Illinois Green Infrastructure Grant Program and how to apply, please visit epa.state.il.us/water/financial-assistance/igig.html.

Senior Services Fair, October 5th at Proviso Math and Science Academy (PMSA)

WESTCHESTER, IL – Rep. Chris Welch will host a Senior Services Fair on Saturday, October 5, 2013 from Noon to 3pm at the Proviso Math and Science Academy.  Come out and learn about the various senior programs that are available and speak with representatives from state agencies including the Department on Aging, Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office, Secretary of State Jesse White’s office, State Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s office and many others.

Health screenings will also be provided by Westlake Hospital, and Walgreens will be available to provide flu shots.  An update on the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, will be provided.  Please bring your insurance and/or medicaid card with you to the fair.  Lunch will be provided, and Rep. Welch will personally call a few games of Bingo.  Come on out for some fun and information.

Rep. Welch serves communities in the 7th Representative District including all or portions of Bellwood, Berkeley, Broadview, Forest Park, Hillside, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, La Grange Park, River Forest, Westchester, and Western Springs.

For more information, contact Rep. Welch’s constituent service office at (708) 450-1000 or e-mail repwelch@emanuelchriswelch.com.  You can also visit the App Store and download the State Rep. Chris Welch app on iTunes. VFP