OK, so new Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch still is in the early days of his first big turn on the public stage.

He told the Economic Club of Chicago last week that Gov. J.B. Pritzker should try a do-over on the graduated income tax — and then, in a forum the very next day, said he was just “spitballing” those remarks.

Yet even as he clawed back his initial statement, he went off script again. Asked if he would consider an amendment to the state constitution that prohibits any cut to pension benefits, Welch said, “Let’s have a conversation about it.”

Here is what we are seeing in real time: A thoughtful, independent-minded new statehouse leader doing what comes naturally to the rest of us. Welch is thinking creatively, talking relatively freely and trying to remain open to any reasonable option that might help the state of Illinois.

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David Greising

David Greising is the president and chief executive of the Better Government Association, joining the BGA in 2018. For nearly a century, the BGA has fought for honest and effective government through investigative...