New Illinois House Speaker promises to ‘possibly make a lot of changes’ to House rules

For the first time in decades, there’s a new speaker of the Illinois House and he’s making history.

But he also comes in under a cloud of recently revealed allegations of abusive behavior from years ago, and a close connection to the former controversial House Speaker.

On the eve of Chris Welch’s election to Illinois House speaker, replacing longtime House Speaker Michael Madigan, media reports highlighted allegations against Welch made by women.

After conducting his first session Wednesday as the new speaker, Welch told the media that reports of abusive behavior against women are
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