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Emanuel Chris Welch

Bill To Let College Athletes Make Money Gains Support In Illinois House

Oct 9, 2019
Illinois State Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch (D-Hillside) filed a bill last week to that would allow college athletes to get endorsement deals. Welch played baseball at Northwestern University.
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Last week, when California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a law allowing college athletes to get endorsement deals, he set off a wave of copycat legislation proposed in at least a dozen more states, including Illinois. 

State Representative Emanuel Chris Welch (D-Hillside) filed a bill to make sure Illinois keeps up. 

"If I'm a coach in California right now, this is an amazing recruiting tool, and I think it places them at an advantage in the recruiting arena. And so I'd like to make sure colleges and universities in Illinois have the same tool that California universities do,” Welch says.