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Illinois Democrats are supporting a Black lawmaker to replace the longest-serving legislative leader in the U.S. Rep. Emanuel "Chris" Welch has the party's support to take over for Michael Madigan, the Illinois House speaker for 36 of the last 38 years.

Rep. Emanuel "Chris" Welch is the next speaker of the Illinois House, succeeding Mike Madigan, who has held the post for decades.​

Can Illinois' new House Speaker step out of Madigan's shadow? Here's what to watch for as Rep. Emanuel "Chris" Welch takes control.

The Illinois House elected its first Black speaker to replace the longest-serving legislative leader in modern U.S. history, picking Democratic Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch for the job and pushing aside Michael Madigan

The Illinois House elected its first Black speaker to replace the longest-serving legislative leader in modern U.S. history, picking Democratic Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch for the job and pushing aside Michael Madigan

Rep. Emanuel "Chris" Welch is the next speaker of the Illinois House, succeeding Mike Madigan, who has held the post for decades.​

Embattled IL House Rep. Michael Madigan offers best wishes to his Speaker successor, Chris Welch. Wednesday marked the end of an era and raised questions about how much influence Madigan -- once known as 'The Velvet Hammer' -- will retain.

Rep. Emanuel 'Chris' Welch Elected Illinois House Speaker, Taking Gavel From Embattled Michael Madigan

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The Illinois House of Representatives elected Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch (D-Hillside) as the state's first Black speaker and the chamber's first new leader in decades, bringing longtime Speaker Michael Madigan's leadership to an end Wednesday.

BREAKING: Rep. Emanuel ‘Chris’ Welch will be formally elected as Speaker of the Illinois House within the hour. He will be the first Black Speaker in Illinois’ history.

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JUST IN: Prosecutors recommend a sentence close to 4.5 years for former Rep Chris COLLINS, say he deserves lengthier jailtime for continuing to serve in Congress while hiding his guilt.

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"I didn't expect them to make total fools of themselves," Rep. Ocasio-Cortez told 's Chris Hayes. "I expected a little more nuance, and I expected a little more 'concern trolling.'"

The first House member to endorse Trump, ex-Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), is now a convicted felon. The first senator to endorse Trump, Jeff Sessions, just lost a primary for his old Senate seat.

Former Rep Chris Collins, R-NY, has been sentenced to 26 months in prison for insider trading charges. Judge Vernon Broderick fined Collins $200,000 and a year of supervised probation upon his release. Judge Broderick said, “you had a duty and you betrayed that duty.”

NEW: Former Rep. Chris Collins, who stands before a judge for sentencing today, is the latest of 14 Trump aides, donors and advisers who have been indicted or imprisoned.

JUST IN: Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), Trump’s earliest congressional backer, arrested by the FBI on securities fraud-related charges, via

GOP Rep. Chris Stewart defends Trump on Khashoggi: "Journalists disappear" all the time

BREAKING: In an about-face, U.S. Rep. Chris Collins says he will suspend his re-election campaign after insider-trading indictment.

Cuomo: Why is GOP so quiet on Flynn? Rep. Chris Collins: “Well, it’s Valentine’s Day and I guess they’re having breakfast with their wives”

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