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Cicero commemorates legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Jan. 14

January 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

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Th eTown of Cicero will host a commemoration honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Tuesday Jan. 14, 2020. Cicero has been commemorating King's legacy following the election in 2005 of Larry Dominick as Town President.
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Cicero commemorates legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Jan. 14

Town President Larry Dominick and the Town of Cicero Board Clerk Maria Punzo-Arias, Supervisor Joe Virruso, Assessor Emilio Cundari, Collector Fran Reitz, and Trustees Larry Banks, Bob Porod, Victor Garcia and John Cava will host the Town of Cicero’s 14th commemoration honoring the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The commemoration, been held every year since 2006, will be held at the Cicero Community Center on Tuesday Jan. 14, 2020. The keynote speaker is State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch of the 7th House District.

Cicero is one of only a few suburban Chicago communities that honors King’s legacy.

“Dr. King was an important leader in our country and he fought for civil rights and justice not just for African Americans but for everyone,” President Dominick said.

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“We are proud to be hosting this celebration of his life and honored that State Rep. Emanuel ‘Chris’ Welch will be our keynote speaker to help us share this legacy with the public.”

Th eTown of Cicero will host a commemoration honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Tuesday Jan. 14, 2020. Cicero has been commemorating King's legacy following the election in 2005 of Larry Dominick as Town President.

Emanuel “Chris” Welch has been a State Representative from the 7th District of Illinois since 2013. Welch serves on several key House Committees including Executive, Revenue, Cities and Villages, Counties and Townships, and Higher Education. Welch serves as Chair of the House Executive Committee. He previously served as Chair of the House Higher Education Committee where he lead efforts to pass historic legislation like the four year map grant award and the AIM High Scholarship. He also served as Co-Chair of Governor J.B. Pritzker’s Educational Success Transition Committee.

As State Representative, Welch has focused on improving classroom education, creating jobs, helping the most vulnerable, and streamlining government. Welch has been the Chief Sponsor of several pieces of historic legislation including the law bringing cursive writing back to our schools, the Historic Illinois Trust Act, the Law making Illinois a Welcoming State for immigrants, and the Homeless Bill of Rights. Representative Welch is also a leading voice for adding black and brown people to the boards of publicly held corporations after sponsoring landmark legislation that requires Illinois corporations to annually disclose their board composition.

Welch has been recognized with several significant awards for his legislative record including the prestigious Zeke Giorgi Award from the AFL-CIO and the Friend and Education Award from the Illinois Education Association.

Prior to joining the General Assembly, Welch served 12 years on the Proviso Township High School Board of Education.  His last ten years he served as the Board Chair. Welch lead the Proviso School Board in the creation of the Proviso Math and Science Academy, a school that today is recognized by Chicago Magazine and US News and World Reports. He did this all while balancing the schools budget for the first time since the early 90s.

Welch is a partner in the local government law firm Ancel Glink. Prior to that, he served as a partner at Sanchez, Daniels and Hoffman, LLP from 2007 to 2018 where he represented local school districts and municipalities. For his work in school, education and civil rights law, Welch has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and one of Chicago’s Leading Lawyers.

Welch is a graduate of Proviso West High School (‘89), Northwestern University (‘93), and The John Marshall Law School (‘97). He is a 2016 inductee into the JMLS Wall of Fame.

Welch is married to ShawnTe and has two children, Tyler and Marley.

Representative Welch believes that “He will always find a way, or make one.”

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Venue

Town of Cicero Community Center
2250 S. 49th Ave
Cicero, Illinois
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Website:
http://www.TheTownofCicero.com
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