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      Advocates Tear Apart GOP Candidate's Anti-Marijuana CommentsHuffington PostLou Lang (D-Skokie) told NBC Chicago that withholding names ensures the state will "choose applicants that have no regard for who you are, who you know, how much money you have, what campaign donations you made and what relationships you may ...
    • Rauner needs to turn over new leaf on medical pot - Chicago Sun-Times September 18, 2014
      Rauner needs to turn over new leaf on medical potChicago Sun-TimesLou Lang, D-Skokie, is to shield the process of awarding licenses from political pressure by keeping the names of the applicants secret — even to the two panels of judges scoring the applications. Besides, Lang told us, the public eventually will ...and more »
    • Report: Cost to renovate Eastern would pass $45 million - Lansing State Journal September 18, 2014
      Report: Cost to renovate Eastern would pass $45 millionLansing State JournalLou Hekhuis of East Lansing, chairman of the alumni group, said helping Eastern's students boost achievement and getting the school off the state's persistently low-achieving list are top priorities. "I think it's a little early to talk about whether ...
    • Rauner says he would have vetoed Illinois medical marijuana law - WLS-TV September 16, 2014
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    • Rauner questions pot program's transparency - Herald & Review September 17, 2014
      Rauner questions pot program's transparencyHerald & ReviewThe sponsor of the landmark legislation, state Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, told the bureau last week the confidentiality clause was designed so state officials who review applications will not be swayed by potential political connections. Lang also ...
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      Alexandria-Arlington community events, Sept. 18-25, 2014Washington Post“Influence and Inspiration” exhibit, works by the Washington Color School artists and Art League instructors Sam Gilliam and Lou Stovall featuring the Art League's 60-year celebration. Noon-4 p.m. Thursday-Friday and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, the ...and more »
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      Midway High School all-class reunionObserver-Reporter... Shirley Homitz Golonka, Mary Lou Weber Leipold, Marlene Skinner Dunks, Vic Zarka, Jean Lang Baird, Rose Marie Lauff Ludwin, Mary Frances Martin Cataney, Dave Kunkle, Betty Jean Hlavay Phillips, Jean Smith Bish, Edna Lang Bain and Bob Bennett; ...
    • Medical marijuana law sponsor defends secret bids - fox2now.com September 14, 2014
      KSDKMedical marijuana law sponsor defends secret bidsfox2now.comLou Lang, D-Skokie, said Friday that the law's confidentiality clause also prevents companies from getting information about competitors that could give them an advantage, The Southern reported. “The idea was to keep this not secret in the sense of ...Medical marijuana law sponsor defends s […]
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      Solons to LWV: Don't hold your breathEvanston NowMembers of the Evanston and Skokie delegation in the Illinois General Assembly told the local League of Women Voters Monday that one of their principal legislative initiatives was going nowhere this year. The issue is a graduated rate income tax that ...
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Haine, Lang Announce Illinois State Police Reverse Opposition to Illinois Medical Marijuana Legislation

State Senator William Haine

(Springfield, IL) – May 5, 2010.  State Senator William Haine (D-Alton) and House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie) yesterday announced the Illinois State Police are no longer opposed to medical marijuana use in Illinois.

Lang and Haine met with Captain Timothy Becker of the Illinois State Police earlier and Becker informed the lawmakers that the Illinois Department of State Police had changed its position on Senate Bill 1381, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, from opposition to neutrality.

“I am extremely pleased by Illinois State Police’s decision, because it improves the probability of the bill’s approval,” said Lang.

“This legislation is intended to alleviate pain in people suffering debilitating medical conditions and the Illinois State Police recognize that,” he said.

Haine said he believed the Department changed its position after carefully reviewing the legislation and recognizing the safeguards will protect patients, caregivers and the public.

Haine also noted that in a number of states, police organizations have removed their objections after a period of observing their laws in operation.

“As a former State’s Attorney, I have the greatest respect for the police organizations of our State and local governments.  This change of position demonstrates what we have known all along, and that is that our State police organization is focused first and foremost on criminal activities as it relates to illegal substances,” Haine said.

“The State Police’s compassion for the seriously ill matches our own,” Lang said. “No one should be denied medicine that might improve their life’s quality.”

In addition to Haine, Senate sponsors include: Iris Martinez (D), Jeff Schoenberg (D), Donne Trotter (D), Kwame Raoul (D), Linda Holmes (D), and Ira Silverstein (D).

Other House sponsors include: Angelo  “Skip” Saviano (R), John Fritchey (D), Karen Yarbrough (D), Ken Dunkin (D), Greg Harris (D), Cynthia Soto (D), Robyn Gabel (D), and Camille Lilly (D).

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