* From Brenden Moore’s interview of House Speaker Chris Welch…
Moore: Speaking of partisanship, there’s a sign outside your office that says ‘it’s a new day,’ which has been a slogan of yours this past session. But, some Republicans don’t feel like it’s a new day.
Welch: I don’t even think Republicans believe what they’re saying. If they would drop their talking points for a minute and you actually talk to them outside of the playground that we’re in, they would be honest with you and tell you that it is a new day. Many of them have come and sat in this office and they’ve said, everyone of them, this is the first time they’ve ever been in the speaker’s office.
I have thank you notes in my office — I got one when I arrived here today from a Republican, thanking me for the help that I gave on an initiative. There’s countless of those. I’m not gonna put individuals out there, that’s not what I’m here to do. They know that I’m here, they know that I’ve been accessible and open to them and working with them, and I have helped not just Democrats, but several Republicans get priorities done this session. I’m gonna continue to do that, regardless of the partisan political rhetoric that’s being spewed out there.
* I asked HGOP spokesperson Eleni Demertzis for a response…
He’s probably right - ‘new things’ that happened this session were massive budgeting errors, abuse of power to change Chamber rules to fix said errors, Republicans cut out of all negotiations on major issues, and a huge uptick in social media usage from the Speaker’s office talking about how hard he is working. Definitely some ‘new things’ for the people of Illinois. Despite the flowery rhetoric, this session was bitterly partisan and another disappointment for taxpayers. Actions speak louder than words.