This is Pat Hughes with this week’s Upstream Ideas ‘Two Minute Warning.’
If you’ve watched Chris Welch maneuver his way through Illinois government over the past decade, then you know he’s happy to be part of a system that benefits the politically-connected at your expense.
Since 2013, Welch’s contributions to the State of Illinois have been … well, pretty much non-existent. His career is that of a standard, well-oiled cog in the Chicago Democrat Machine. He doesn’t challenge leadership. He bows to party bosses. He votes the way he’s told. And for that, he’s given the funding and manpower he needs to ascend.
His leadership on the Proviso school board led the district to ruin. Instead of educating children, it functioned as a contract warehouse for adults. It got so bad, the state had to step in to oversee the district’s finances. For that, he got "promoted" to the state legislature.
Mike Madigan had clearly found his next puppet.
Welch is very focused on those who keep him in power… and very out-of-touch with his district.
The state owes social service providers in his community hundreds of thousands of dollars. Did Welch go to bat for them? No. Instead, he sued the state to get HIS OWN paycheck.
While the people in his district see businesses flee and struggle with unemployment, Welch made sure his family and friends were given high-paying government jobs.
You can do better. You have to.
Politicians like Chris Welch are failing you. Set on advancing their careers, these shills have ignored the people they represent and put the state on a path to self-destruction.
Chris Welch should have been fired in 2013, not promoted. But, it’s not too late.
You can vote to fire him and any other political hack who sees the state as a mechanism for personal and financial gain. If you don’t, your community and your state will continue their man-made death-spiral.
You’ve been warned.
Two Minute Warning: Illinois has a leadership problem. To change the state’s destructive policies, we have to change out the policy-makers. During each episode of ‘Two-Minute Warning,’ Illinois Opportunity Project Co-Founder Pat Hughes exposes another government official standing in the way of progress and prosperity.