"I am happy to inform you that Teamsters Joint Council
25 has endorsed your candidacy for Representative of the 7th District,"
said council president, John Coli in a letter sent to Welch over the
weekend. "We commend you for your outstanding commitment to working
families. Your support of workers' rights, your strong record of public
service, and your commitment to your community and other issues
affecting working families are key reasons Teamsters Joint Council 25 is
committed to your campaign."
Proviso Township Ministerial Alliance Network (PTMAN) is enthusiastic
about our endorsement of Dr. Van Pelt-Watkins and Mr. Chris Welch,” said
the group of ministers in their announcement. “We have observed their
performance over the years, and we are convinced that they have the
necessary ingredients to be instrumental in the transformation of our
communities. Moreover, we view their commitment to solving people
problems a genuine trait for those in community leadership. In our view,
they have demonstrated themselves to be community partners and servants
of the people.”
"Emanuel "Chris" Welch’s experience as Chairman of the Westlake Hospital Board and President of the local school board has given him unique insight that will allow him to better serve the community on issues ranging from healthcare to education," said CCDW president and former educator, Rikki D. Jones. "He is the candidate most capable of having an impact on Illinois’ educational system—one that will benefit our children. Chris knows his community, and he understands the needs of local families, local schools and school children. In addition, his strong partnerships with local leaders and local organizations will enable him to hit the ground running to make our communities safe and economically sound. Welch is the only candidate that has the experience and proven track record to get the job done."
lawyer, is an experienced three-term Proviso School Board member who
gets his arms around his constituents. He also has the confidence of
local leaders. Welch is endorsed,” said David Ormsby, an ex-Press Secretary of the Democratic Party of Illinois and Editor and Publisher of The illinois Observer.
“We are happy to inform you that Teamsters Local 700 has endorsed your candidacy for State Representative,” said the organization’s president, William Logan, in their official endorsement letter to Welch. “We commend you for your outstanding commitment to working families. You’re support of workers’ rights, your strong record of public service, and your commitment to your community and other issues affecting working families are key reasons Teamsters Local 700 is committed to your campaign.”
"Emanuel "Chris" Welch is a leader who wants to see
Illinois transition to clean energy to create jobs and reduce air
pollution," said Jack Darin, director of the Illinois Chapter of the
Sierra Club. "We are proud to recommend Chris to voters who want
clean energy, protections for our water supply, and to preserve
Illinois' natural heritage for future generations."
“When it comes to our children’s education, we need leaders who will stand up for Illinois’ educational needs and listen to the concerns of its teachers,” said Laura Urso, IEA member, Maywood elementary teacher, and President of the Maywood Education Association. “Chris Welch is such a person. He has the experience and know-how to help get our local educational system back on track. We proudly support his candidacy and look forward to working with him.”
“SEIU is united by the belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide, and we are dedicated to improving the lives of workers and their families,” he said. “We know that true prosperity can only occur in Illinois and in the 7th District if we have strong representation in Springfield. We need someone who understands the issues. We need someone who will work hard for working families. That is why we, the SEIU Illinois Council, fully support and endorse Emanuel “Chris” Welch as our candidate for 7th District State Representative.”
"He seems to be a good fit. He’s good for labor. That’s what we’re looking for. He’s energetic and he’s the best candidate for the 7th District.”
“We are proud to offer our endorsement in the 7th District to Emanuel “Chris” Welch,” said James M. Sweeney, president-business manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150. “Chris is the kind of man we need in Springfield. He is active in his community, and he believes in education and hard work. He values the men and women who get up and go to work every day to keep his community running, and he has a progressive agenda when it comes to infrastructure and education. We are pleased to offer him our support.”
“On behalf of the Westchester Professional Firefighter Association Local 4851, we hereby officially endorse Chris Welch as a respectful candidate for 7th District State Representative,” said Matthew Martin, Vice President of the Westchester Professional Firefighter Association Local 4851 in a letter to Welch’s campaign office. “We trust that you will keep middle class labor interests at the forefront of your campaign agenda. The members of Local 4851 hope that your campaign efforts prove to be successful.”
“On behalf of the members of the Illinois Federation of Teachers, I am pleased to inform you that on January 28, 2012, the IFT Executive Board endorsed your candidacy in the March 20, 2012 primary election,” said IFT’s Director of Political Activities, Toby Trimmer, in a letter to Welch. “I hope that you will agree that an endorsement from the IFT is a signal to Illinois voters that, as an elected official, you’ll take seriously your duty to responsibly impact public education and vital public services. To our diverse membership, this endorsement expresses confidence that you will serve as a partner in finding the best solutions to the challenges facing our professions.”
“We are endorsing Emanuel “Chris” Welch,” said West Suburban Teachers
COPE/PAC Chairman, Ed Hohman. “We have teachers in the 7th District, and
we want our teachers to know that we have chosen him to be one of the
good guys. He is going to work with us. He is going to work with issues
that we are concerned about in a compassionate way. He is on our side. ”
“We are pleased to inform you that the Progressive Action Project, the State Political Action Committee of Citizen Action/Illinois, voted to endorse your candidacy in the 2012 primary election,” said Citizen Action Officials in a letter sent to Welch. The letter was signed by the Co-Directors and the Political Director of the organization. “Citizen Action/Illinois is the state’s largest progressive political organization. We advocate on behalf of consumers, the environment and government reform in Springfield and Washington. We are proud to endorse candidates for elected office who strongly support the public interest.”
“After meeting and talking with so many talented candidates for public office, we are extremely pleased with our slate of endorsed candidates in such an important election year for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender movement,” said Jeremy Gottschalk, President of Equality Illinois PAC Board of Directors.