Tag: Rep. Welch

Welch, Among Contenders Mentioned for Attorney General, Rules Out Run

Monday, September 18, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews 

A Sept. 16 report by NBC 5’s Mary Ann Ahern lists state Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch (7th) as among possible contenders to replace sitting Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who announced last Friday that she would not seek reelection to what would have been a fifth term in office.

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Taking Cue from State, Melrose Park Passes Trust Code

Friday, August 25, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Feature photo: Proponents of a Melrose Park welcoming ordinance during a village board meeting in February. 

Last month, the Melrose Park village council unanimously approved an ordinance called the Trust Code, which mirrors Senate Bill 31 — also called the Illinois Trust Act — that Gov. Bruce Rauner is expected to sign on Aug. 28.

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In Maywood, A Congressman Takes Stock of Republicans

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Davis Maywood Town Hall 2During a town hall meeting he hosted on Aug. 14 at Council Chambers, 125 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood, U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-7th) gave a dire assessment of a political climate controlled by Republicans and lorded over by President Donald Trump.

“We probably are in the worst position that we’ve been in in a long time,” Davis said, referencing the Democratic Party’s minority status in most statehouses and in Washington, D.C.

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A Peace March by Fraternity from Bellwood to Maywood Becomes Rallying Cry for State Budget

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State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, left, leads a peace march through Maywood on Saturday. The march started in Bellwood on the corner of 22nd Avenue and St. Charles and ended behind the Maywood Police station. | Photos courtesy Rep. Welch/Facebook

Alphas in the Streets_1Sunday, June 25, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || Updated: 6/26/17

A crowd of at least 200 people converged on the streets in Bellwood and Maywood on June 24 during a peace march coordinated by Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, the nation’s oldest black intercollegiate Greek fraternity, and state Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch (7th) — who is a member of the Alpha organization.

The march is just the latest in a series of peace marches that the venerable fraternity has coordinated in Chicago since at least 2015. Saturday’s march, however, is likely the first one that the fraternity has held in the western suburbs.

The marchers — at least 75 of whom were Alpha men, most of them donning the fraternity’s trademark gold and black colors — walked down St. Charles Road from 22nd Avenue in Bellwood to 5th Avenue in Maywood, before crowding into the park behind the Maywood Police Station, 125 S. 5th Ave., for a brief rally.

Alpha member Byron Stewart, a Maywood native who was the village’s first African American treasurer, said that the suburbs of Bellwood and Maywood experience some of the same issues, such as gun violence, affecting Chicago.

A march, he said, is an appropriate counterweight to the problems plaguing some areas of the city and surrounding suburbs.

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Members of the Proviso East High School marching band during Saturday’s peace march organized by Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and state Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch. | Courtesy Rep. Welch/Facebook

“This is something for everybody to see and something for everyone in Maywood to understand,” Stewart said. “The struggle continues and there’s much work to do wherever we are as a people.”

Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley and Willie Norfleet, Jr. both lauded the event, which they said has an immediate positive impact on the community. The march featured the Proviso East marching band as two food trucks were parked along Oak Street.

“You have a positive organization involved in a positive activity,” Talley said. “You have a congressman out there, a state representative out here, village officials out here, saying that we’re not tolerating violent behavior.”

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At least 200 people took to the streets during Saturday’s march, which was followed by a rally. | Courtesy Rep. Welch/Facebook

“This is a great concept,” said Norfleet. “It sows that you don’t have to live in a place or know a people to care about a people.”

Some of the elected officials present for the march, including Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins, Congressman Danny K. Davis (7th) and Welch, used the rally to mobilize support around state and federal problems that Welch said exacerbate the violence in communities like Bellwood and Maywood.

Illinois has been without a budget since July 2015, which has put the state on track to possibly have its credit rating downgraded to “junk” status. If that happens, Illinois would be the first state in the country to receive a “junk” rating.

The state’s fiscal troubles, Welch said, has translated into a lack of support and resources, such as the anti-violence program CeaseFire, for areas struggling with high rates of crime. Maywood’s CeaseFire program was eliminated several years ago due to a lack of funding and the village, along with virtually every municipality in the country, would be hurt by President Donald Trump’s series of proposed budget cuts and defunding initiatives.

“When Congressman Davis goes back to Washington, we need to make sure Trump knows that we have [Davis’s] back! When I go back to Springfield after this rally, we need to make sure Gov. Bruce Rauner knows that I have your support!” Welch said.

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Saturday’s march was organized by the Rho Zeta Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. | Courtesy Rep. Welch/Facebook

“Rauner is trying to kill communities like Maywood by holding our budget hostage,” Welch said. “He’s trying to hold it hostage not to help people like me and you, but to help wealthy people like him! We need to make sure he knows he needs to fund our budget. Getting a budget will help us decrease violence.

“It’s no coincidence that since Rauner has taken office and since we haven’t had a budget, violence has increased. That budget is a moral document that funds our schools and gives kids who aren’t working during the summer jobs,” Welch said. “If kids aren’t working during the summer, what are they going to do? They’re going to do crazy, stupid things because that’s what they do when their minds are idle.”

“I’m going to say it to Welch, any bill that you put forward it will pass,” said Perkins. “To each one of you that have marched here this morning, you don’t know what you did. Not only did you put it on the map, you put it on God’s agenda.”

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Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins and Rep. Welch during Saturday’s peace march. | Courtesy Rep. Welch/Facebook

Referencing Alpha Phi Alpha’s rich history, which dates back to 1906, Davis, who is also an Alpha, said that Saturday’s march was an echo of the struggle that necessitated the fraternity’s founding Cornell University in New York.

“When times like these existed back in the early 1900s, a group of fellas got together and decided they needed to form a brotherhood,” Davis said. “They needed to get together so they could protect each other. Things were happening then just like they’re going on now.” VFP

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25th Avenue Overpass Named After Former Bellwood Mayor Frank Pasquale

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Left to right: State Sen. Kimberly Lightford, Bellwood Mayor Andre Harvey, Pasquale, state Rep. Kathleen Willis, state Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch and Melrose Park Mayor Ron Serpico during the June 16 ceremony naming the 25th Avenue overpass after Pasquale. | Photos by Tara Gray/Feel This Moment Photography via state Rep. Welch/Facebook

Frank Pasquale Overpass_2Friday, June 16, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

During a ceremony on Friday morning, local and state elected officials converged on the 25th Avenue overpass that spans Bellwood and Melrose Park in order to give the structure, which was opened late last year, an official name: Mayor Frank A. Pasquale Overpass.

State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch (7th) introduced a House resolution that made the bridge naming possible.

“I have known Mayor Pasquale for many years, and am proud to have worked alongside him to make Bellwood a better place for everyone,” said Welch in a recent statement. “As mayor for 16 years, Frank gave so much to Bellwood, and this small token of gratitude will solidify a legacy of community service for many more years to come.”

Lower left photo: Pasquale shares a light moment with Hillside Mayor Joseph T. Tamburino and Broadview Mayor Katrina Thompson. | Tara Gray  


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Fraternity to Flood Maywood Streets During June 24 ‘March for Peace’

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Members of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity walk through the streets of Chicago in March. | Andre Jamar/Andre Jamar Photography

Friday, June 9, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

In November 2015, nearly 300 men walked through snow and rain in Chicago to send a message that they wouldn’t take the violence plaguing the city sitting down.

Most of the men were members of Alpha Phi Alpha, the oldest black intercollegiate Greek fraternity in the country.

“We wanted to show that the community was not giving up,” said Illinois state Rep. Elgie Sims during the march.

“We wanted the business owners to know that we stood with them and we were going to be there making a statement, standing with them, to encourage patrons to patronize those businesses, to encourage people to feel comfortable and safe in their community,” he said.

And in March of this year, the Alpha men marched again through Chicago again in order “to champion our communities and continue to advocate for the worth, wealth, and resources that are available within,” according to a statement by the fraternity.

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Members of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity during an anti-violence walk in Chicago in March. | Andre Jamar/Andre Jamar Photography

On Saturday, June 24, the Alphas will take to the streets of Maywood for the same reasons they’ve been marching in Chicago. State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch (7th), who is a member of the fraternity, is hosting the event.

The walk will start at 10 a.m., on the corner of 22nd Ave and St. Charles Rd., and finish at 500 Oak St. (behind the police station). Both locations are in Maywood.

“This year Maywood has seen an increase of violence,” said Welch. “This march will send a message to those who commit violent acts that our community will stand up to them to ensure the safety of our friends and neighbors. Join me, other elected officials, community leaders and concerned citizens to show our desire for a violence free community.”

For more information on this event, email info@pzl1906.org. VFP

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Op-Ed: Fighting for Our Safety

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Mourners carry out the casket of a woman who was shot to death in Chicago last year. | William Camargo/Wednesday Journal

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 || By State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch (7th) || OPINION || @maywoodnews

Over the past several years we have seen an increase in violence throughout our neighborhoods and streets. So far this year, there have been six homicides in Maywood.

Unfortunately, this increase in violence can be attributed to Governor Rauner’s extreme funding cuts to violence prevention, after-school and summer jobs programs.

I recently introduced legislation with 27 of my colleagues to provide funding to community based organizations throughout Illinois that reduce gun violence and ensure kids are not brought into a life of crime.

House Bill 4008 would provide $2 million to the 7th District to fund programs including violence prevention programs, job training programs, youth sports, library workshops and more.

It is a well-known fact that when children have opportunities to become invested in their communities, violence decreases. I am frustrated that Governor Rauner refuses to see how keeping our neighborhoods safe makes Illinois a better place to live and do business. My focus will always be on helping improve the lives of working families, not the wealthy and well-connected.

I am asking that friends, family and neighbors please sign my petition at: bit.ly/welchviolenceprevention to show Governor Rauner that we deserve a budget that fully funds violence prevention programs now.

For more information, please call my office at 708-450-1000 or email me at RepWelch@EmanuelChrisWelch.com. VFP

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