Chris Welch Steps Down as School Board President to Focus on New Role as State Representative Chris Welch Steps Down as School Board President to Focus on New Role as State Representative

WESTCHESTER, IL – State Rep. Chris Welch (D-Hillside) stepped down as president of Proviso Township High School District 209 Board of Education, Tuesday, to focus on his duties as state representative of the 7th House District.


“My tenure as school-board president has given me the opportunity to serve my community, and ensure that our children are given a quality education and every opportunity to succeed in life,” Welch said. “In my efforts to improve our education system, I have seen first-hand the need for fair and transparent government to provide opportunities for our children and bring progress to our state. It has been an honor to serve the students of Proviso Township as school board president, and I will continue to fight for education as state representative.”


Welch, who served for nearly 10 years as president of the District 209 board, has dedicated his career to improving education in a number of ways, including leading efforts to balance the district’s budget and creating the first suburban-based magnet high school, the Proviso Math and Science Academy. Welch also served as a board member at Proviso Area for Exceptional Children, an organization that provides services and programs for students with special needs. He notes education as a top priority on his agenda for the 98th General Assembly.


“I intend to continue the work that I started on the school board in the state Legislature and serve as a voice for youth in our communities and across the state,” Welch said. “To make lasting improvements to education, we have to address the issues of the current economic crisis in Illinois, access to health care, and a rising crime rate in our cities. I want to fully dedicate my time as state representative to addressing the pressing concerns that we face to get our state back on track.”


Welch represents the 7th District which includes all or portion of Bellwood, Berkley, Broadview, Forest Park, Hillside, La Grange Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, River Forest, Westchester and Western Springs. For more information, contact Welch’s constituent service office at (708) 450-1000 or e-mail


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