Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » ILGOP on Welch: “Travesty for the people of Illinois”
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
ILGOP on Welch: “Travesty for the people of Illinois”

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021

* Press release

After a series of caucus votes, Illinois House Democrats have finally chosen Representative Chris Welch to be the next Speaker of the House. Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider released the following statement in response:

“House Democrats have chosen to go from Mike Madigan, the most corrupt politician in America, to Rep. Chris Welch, a top Madigan lieutenant who has been credibly accused by multiple women in court documents of harassment, assault, and retaliation.

It’s now clear that House Democrats are doubling down on allowing Madigan’s corrupt machine to continue running state government. In Madigan’s stead, they have promoted a serial harasser and assaulter of women. But in spite of that, Welch passed the most important test this fall - he’s been a loyal Madigan ally for years but performed most recently as Madigan’s human shield in legislative hearings investigating the sweeping corruption scandal that ultimately brought Madigan down.

This decision is a travesty for the people of Illinois, and we will make sure every voter understands that House Democrats just can’t quit Madigan.”

Thoughts on the tone?

…Adding… Look who’s back…


…Adding… Illinois Policy Institute…

Matt Paprocki, president of the Illinois Policy Institute, offered the following statement:

“This is a historic day for the General Assembly. For the first time in nearly four decades, Speaker Madigan was not voted into power by members of his own party.

“No state gives their House speaker as much power as Illinois. Under Madigan’s 36 years as speaker, Illinois’ finances deteriorated from a perfect credit rating and just under $6 billion in unfunded pension debt to the lowest credit rating in the nation and over $144 billion in pension debt. And the state’s notoriety for public corruption has been backed up by 1,978 public corruption convictions since Madigan first became speaker, more than any other state and over one a week.

“This vote must become a catalyst for lasting, meaningful change. Illinois can only reverse its culture of corruption and recurring financial crises by dismantling the system that has allowed for one person to control so much power, starting with the House Rules. For the first time in nearly four decades, state lawmakers have an opportunity to change this power structure and finally put an end to the endless cycle of debt and corruption. This moment in Illinois state politics should not be just about a new face, but about a new way of doing the people’s business.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        

55 Comments »
  1. - PC - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 11:56 am:

    Is it a shock? No. But how many times have they promoted Trump. Any reporter printing that should juxtapose ILGOP Trump statements. They have no credibility, no matter what you think of the Welch stuff


  2. - Socially DIstant Watcher - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 11:56 am:

    New speaker, same old opposition party


  3. - @misterjayem - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 11:57 am:

    So much for the GOP’s calls for unity and healing.

    – MrJM


  4. - BoystownBL - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 11:58 am:

    A ‘Travesty’? Would they say the same about a white lady? These Trump supporters are stuck on the one note they have - everyone is Madigan! Be afraid! Get an issue…


  5. - Just Observing - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 11:59 am:

    Honestly, if the Republicans were smart they’d sit back a little bit on this one. Part of me wonders if, without Madigan, the House Dems will start infighting pretty badly. Of course that’s just an observation and speculation…something they should consider if they ever want to try and take those collar counties back.


  6. - Flying Elvis'-Utah Chapter - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:00 pm:

    No ILGOP, a travesty is what happened last week.

    As predicted, didn’t take them a hot minute to find a new boogey man.
    This one even comes with dog-whistles.


  7. - Can - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:00 pm:

    Very predictable. If you had asked regular blog readers to write a sample of what we thought the ILGOP would release in response to this, roughly 95 percent of us would have written that exact statement. The ILGOP just can’t help themselves.


  8. - JJJJJJJJJJ - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:00 pm:

    All I’m reading is a eulogy for ILGOP’s greatest campaign strategy. They’ll have to come up with something else. Certainly won’t try to adopt more popular policy positions…


  9. - Amalia - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:00 pm:

    I’m sad that they have an issue to run with.


  10. - LakeCo - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:00 pm:

    But Welch!


  11. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:02 pm:

    Predictable and meaningless. Who pays attention to ILGOP press releases?

    They will eventually make Welch as big of a boogeyman as MJM was, but it’ll take a term or two.


  12. - Crash - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:02 pm:

    I’m shocked. I thought they would cheer for the selection of the new Speaker.
    /snark/
    Also, the over/under for ILGOP references to Welshistan is two hours.


  13. - JoanP - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:02 pm:

    Not helpful, also not surprising.


  14. - AC - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:02 pm:

    I wondered what their messaging might be, now I know. Before it was “Madigan” and now it’s still “Madigan”.


  15. - NIU Grad - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:03 pm:

    “and we will make sure every voter understands that House Democrats just can’t quit Madigan.”

    Translation: We have all of this “but Madigan!” stuff printed out already, so we’re going to try to use it for a couple of more years.

    I agree with Amalia - I wish they could have elected a leader without that type of baggage.


  16. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:03 pm:

    === he’s been a loyal Madigan ally for years but performed most recently as Madigan’s human shield in legislative hearings investigating the sweeping corruption scandal that ultimately brought Madigan down.===

    They just can’t get out of their own way, can they?

    Wasn’t the first part enough?

    What a clown car of poor messaging.

    If you’re still on “Because Madigan” with the first part they cite… then they truly lack the political acumen to rise out of the super minority status they “enjoy”


  17. - Just a guy - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:03 pm:

    I mean, the ILGOP isn’t wrong. But they have no place to comment on HDEM leadership after the expletive that was the Trump Administration.


  18. - John Deere Green - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:03 pm:

    ==just can’t quit Madigan.==

    lol. Look who’s talking. Madigan mentioned 8 times in a brief, three-graf statement about the new presumptive speaker.

    It’s true what they say: you can’t teach a super-minority party new tricks.


  19. - JJJJJJJJJJ - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:04 pm:

    October 15th, 2064. Election day is coming up in a few weeks. ILGOP sends out their final mailers. “A vote for Smith is a vote for the Madigan Machine!”


  20. - ;) - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:04 pm:

    Radical Candor shouldn’t insult Speaker Madigan that way. He didn’t slam a woman’s head off a wall and he didn’t personally sexual harass multiple women.


  21. - JJJJJJJJJJ - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:05 pm:

    On a more serious note it is interesting that they decided to go with “Welch is Madigan” rather than “ILGOP defeats Madigan.” Strange they wouldn’t actually take a rare victory lap.


  22. - wolf - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:06 pm:

    The dog whistles about Chicago from the Eastern Bloc are going to become air raid sirens.


  23. - PC - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:06 pm:

    The real key is what is the over/under on when an ILGOP or HGOP statement that blows up in their face comes? They aren’t known for having people who are sensitive to the dynamics of race run the show and we all know they will say something bad probably sooner than later, especially judging by Chesney on the floor today during criminal justice.


  24. - Lester Holt’s Mustache - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:07 pm:

    == I’m sad that they have an issue to run with==

    Same. You guys can laugh all you want now, but if you think dem candidates aren’t going to get badgered over Welch’s past, you’re fooling yourself. You can’t just brush off questions about domestic violence accusations like you can with questions about whether one guy held too much power.


  25. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:07 pm:

    ===Thoughts on the tone?===

    That’s going to make it awkward for Durkin to make the motion to elect Welch by acclamation.


  26. - Lucky Pierre - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:08 pm:

    Prove it is a new day and start rebuilding trust in state government by passing ethics legislation JB promised was a priority in his state of the state address.

    “We must root out the purveyors of greed and corruption in both parties whose presence infects the bloodstream of government,” Pritzker said in his 35-minute speech. “It’s no longer enough to sit idle while under-the-table deals, extortion or bribery persist. Protecting that culture or tolerating it is no longer acceptable, We must take urgent action to restore the public’s trust in our government.”

    https://www.sj-r.com/news/20200129/pritzker-calls-for-ethics-reform-to-end-scourge-in-government


  27. - Illinifan - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:09 pm:

    Republican toddlers at it again. They yell get rid of Madigan. Now Madigan is out they yell that isn’t what we want. Give me a break.


  28. - Jocko - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:10 pm:

    ILGOP decided to replace the olive branch with a switch.


  29. - Really - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:10 pm:

    People really didn’t expect the Dems to develop ethics or morals during a shortened session, did you?


  30. - SaulGoodman - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:11 pm:

    **In Madigan’s stead, they have promoted a serial harasser and assaulter of women.**

    John Anthony says hi.


  31. - Angry Arsenal Fan - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:13 pm:

    Arsenal: The Republican press release is intended to remind voters of the election of a Speaker who has faced accusations of improper behavior It is not meaningless.

    Meaningless is Mesut Özil’s contributions to Arsenal for the past year.


  32. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:13 pm:

    === ethics or morals===

    Aw. You think the ILGOP has cornered that market.

    That’s fun.


  33. - Ed Equity - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:14 pm:

    If the GOP can get a reasonable person through the primary (BIG IF) the black agenda that the Governor will likely sign into law will be the over played hand that allows that individual to win. Welch as the leader of the house means more progressive items on top. Dems have to learn the hard way that all of this will have consequences in the next election…..assuming GOP can also learn lessons from the current time we’re in.


  34. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:15 pm:

    The first part of the release is fair game. It’s fair game to the discussion.

    To marry that to “because Madigan” makes their own fair arguments hollow.


  35. - Candy Dogood - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:19 pm:

    Illinois GOP be like:

    “White Republicans deserve infinity second chances, but black Democrats deserve prison.”


  36. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:23 pm:

    === the black agenda that the Governor will likely sign===

    Don’t look now, I think you’re saying the quiet part out loud.

    Also, thank you for telling me your thoughts.


  37. - Pundent - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:25 pm:

    =If the GOP can get a reasonable person through the primary (BIG IF) the black agenda that the Governor will likely sign into law will be the over played hand that allows that individual to win. =

    A Republican who runs against a so called “black agenda” would, by definition, not be considered a reasonable person.


  38. - another millennial - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:26 pm:

    Candy Dogood for the win on this one. cheers


  39. - wondering wendy - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:29 pm:

    This is NOT about Trump. Not every Republican is a fan of Trump. As an independent I just can’t believe they can’t come up with someone better than Welsh. I assume if you are a Democrat you can abuse and harrass women? What a double standard. It is not right….Republican or a Democrat…..just wrong.


  40. - H-W - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:31 pm:

    Well that didn’t take long. It almost sounds rehearsed.


  41. - Citizen Kane - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:33 pm:

    Interesting choice. That oppo research was concerning but yet fascinating the support he got from the women’s caucus. It will be interesting to see if this back fires later. But for now, the sun is rising on a new day.


  42. - Nagidam - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:34 pm:

    Tough statement to start out the year. Especially as the ILGOP has backed President Trump with his own problems in his treatment of woman. But politicians will politic. The only way there is anything constructive that will happen this General Assembly is what Durkin does when the Speaker vote is taken. Does he walk it back or double down. With the bad blood I think we know the answer.


  43. - Christopher - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:38 pm:

    What happened to people such as Greg Harris or Heather Steans? Wouldn’t they had had a clean background, rather than Chris Welch? If Welch was a trusted Madigan “lieutenant,” as the ILGOP puts it, will Madigan be pulling the strings from behind the curtain?


  44. - Excitable Boy - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 12:42 pm:

    I think by travesty they’re referring to losing their only campaign talking point.


  45. - PublicServant - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 1:05 pm:

    I congratulate the new Speaker of the Illinois House, Representative Chris Welch. A new ILGOP boogieman was just crowned, however. They have, and will continue to call Madigan the power behind the pulpit. And they will continue to fundraise using that theme. Chris, I wish you success, and to the party of perpetual whining and grievance, I note your irrelevance continues, and is well deserved.


  46. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 1:22 pm:

    Why am I seeing this crap


  47. - SSL - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 1:38 pm:

    What better time to point out that the new Speaker has a jaded history than when he is crowned. But now let’s get about the business of fixing the state, which means people working together. Speaker Welch has to know he will need to keep Madigan at arms length or forever be linked if things go from bad to worse for Madigan. And he better be a model citizen in his relations with women.


  48. - say_it_like_it_is - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 1:41 pm:

    I don’t believe Republicans or Democrats hold the moral high ground in this state. If Rep Welch was a Republican and accused of what Mr. Welch is accused of Democrats would be going after him just as Republicans are now. Reminds me of children when caught doing something wrong but so and so did it.


  49. - Fed Up Taxpayer - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 2:31 pm:

    Pritzkers re-election will be the three County Pat Quinn model…..or he loses.

    He will lose 70% plus south of She Ca Go


  50. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 2:38 pm:

    === Pritzkers re-election will be the three County Pat Quinn model…..or he loses.

    He will lose 70% plus south of She Ca Go===

    LOL

    Land doesn’t vote. Voters vote.

    It’s not heroic to win a county map view of Illinois. It’s pathetic that seeing a loss of a majority of voters is a win to… land


  51. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 2:40 pm:

    If the Illinois Policy Institute continues to believe the silly that one half of one third of Illinois government is most powerful, they still show no honesty, they are merely grifting with flowery words to seem thoughtful.


  52. - @misterjayem - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 3:13 pm:

    “Pritzkers re-election will be the three County Pat Quinn model…”

    That’s called “winning the election with the most votes.”

    – MrJM


  53. - Cosgrove - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 4:34 pm:

    Without the slightest hint of irony, Trumpist Republicans being critical of Speaker Welch. Wow.


  54. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Friday, Jan 15, 21 @ 9:46 am:

    === I assume if you are a Democrat you can abuse and harass women?===

    No you can’t.


  55. - Muddy trail - Friday, Jan 15, 21 @ 11:10 am:

    == The Democrats just elected a man with a rather long history of multiple credible allegations of assault, abuse, and intimidation against women IL Speaker of the House.==

    Where’s your proof?


TrackBack URI

This is not Facebook, so uncivil comments, profanity of any kind, rumors and anonymous commenters will not be tolerated and will likely result in banishment.



* Question of the day
* Thanks!
* COVID-19 roundup
* We've heard this all before
* Maybe not
* 4,822 new confirmed and probable cases; 107 additional deaths; 3,284 hospitalized; 722 in ICU; 5.5 percent average case positivity rate; 6.8 percent average test positivity rate; 21,869 average daily vaccine doses administered; 2 regions make more progress
* SGOP Leader McConchie criticizes Trump's Urlacher pardon: "Undermines the public’s faith in our system"
* When you oppose popular bills you campaigned for, stuff can happen to your agenda
* CPD accused of illegal quota-based policing plan
* Illinois Credit Union League Offers Congratulations!
* Yeah, this will work out well
* The trend appears friendly for now
* Open thread
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today's edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* *** LIVE COVERAGE ***
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............


Loading


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
January 2021
December 2020
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0




Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller