* Press release…
SPEAKER WELCH RELEASES STATEMENT REGARDING HIS ROLE WITH ANCEL GLINK
“When I was elected Speaker, I promised to model the kind of leadership we need to restore the public’s confidence in our ethics. As a simple first step, I have stepped back from my role as partner at Ancel Glink. I will remain with the firm, but as of yesterday my relationship with the firm is of counsel. This is similar to the course of action taken by other leaders in the General Assembly.
Ancel Glink shares my commitment to improving Illinois government and is supportive of this adjusted role. I thank the firm for understanding my decision to focus on serving the public and leading the state through these immensely challenging times.”
I asked Welch’s spokesperson which other leaders had switched to “of counsel” and was told House GOP Leader Jim Durkin was one. Senate President Don Harmon resigned from his firm after being elected to the chamber’s top job last year.