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(Picture left to right) Illinois House Speaker Chris Welch, Rep. Keith Wheeler and his wife Lisa, and House Minority Leader Jim Durkin. (Provided photo) 

Oswego Republican State Representative Keith Wheeler says Democratic Illinois House Speaker Emanuel "Chris" Welch stopped by an open house at his North Aurora Office on Friday in a gesture of bipartisanship.

Wheeler says it's the first time in decades that anyone can recall that a Democratic House Speaker attended a Republican colleague's event. Wheeler says the visit is not just symbolic and that he and Speaker Welch have worked together to pass legislation already. Previously, Wheeler has told WSPY news that he has a good working relationship with Welch, something he did not have with former Speaker Mike Madigan.

Other Democratic and Republican lawmakers were also in attendance including House Minority Leader Jim Durkin and Kendall County Board Chairman Scott Gryder.