Meet Emanuel "Chris" Welch


I have served two full terms as State Representative of the 7th District, which includes all or portions of River Forest, Forest Park, Maywood, Bellwood, Broadview, Hillside, Berkeley, Westchester, La Grange Park, Melrose Park, Western Springs, and Northlake.


I served on the Board of Education for Proviso Township High School District 209 from November 2001 until my election as State Representative.  I served as president of the 209 board from 2003 until being elected State Representative. 

In my role serving our local schools, I oversaw a balancing of the district’s budget for the first time in over a decade and lead efforts to create the first suburban-based magnet high school, the Proviso Math and Science Academy.

As a legislator, I focused on improving classroom education, streamlining services, protecting families from foreclosures and providing safer streets in our communities.

I have been recognized for my community work and received the Operation Uplift Hometown Dreamweaver Award, the prestigious PLCCA Image Award, the Village of Hillside Chairman’s Award for my contributions to Human Rights issues, and the Man of the Year Award from the Proviso Township Dream Team. In August 2010, I was named one of the top 40 Game Changers under the age of 40 by Black Enterprise Magazine and WVON AM-1690. In 2011, I was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine and Chicago Magazine.

I am currently a partner at the law firm of Ancel Glink. I live in Chicago with my wife and two children.