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    • 'Dragon Age' tops AP critics' best games of 2014 - The Denver Post December 20, 2014
      'Dragon Age' tops AP critics' best games of 2014The Denver Post1. "Dragon Age: Inquisition" (BioWare, for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC): BioWare's overstuffed role-playing epic has everything you could want in a fantasy saga: war, magic, exploration, romance and, yes, dragons. I've spent ...and more  […]
    • Caption contest! - The Capitol Fax Blog (blog) November 26, 2014
      The Capitol Fax Blog (blog)Caption contest!The Capitol Fax Blog (blog)Man, there's hardly any news at all today. I'll be shutting the blog down early today, so comment early because you won't wanna miss your chance to say “Happy 65th birthday, Rep. Lou Lang!” via our caption contest. From Lou's Facebook page…
    • Slideshow: Top video games of 2014 - Madison.com December 19, 2014
      Madison.comSlideshow: Top video games of 2014Madison.comDerrik J. Lang: Despite its grander-than-grand scale, "Inquisition" is a breathtakingly detailed role-playing saga unique to each player portraying the leader of a revolution in the fantasy realm of Thedas. BioWare deserves to be heralded for its ...and more »
    • 'Wolfenstein: The New Order' - Madison.com December 19, 2014
      Madison.com'Wolfenstein: The New Order'Madison.comLou Kesten: We got a bunch of new first-person shooters in 2014, but the freshest was this revival from Sweden's MachineGames. Set in an alternate Europe where the Nazis won, it's an expertly paced thriller with a cast of resistance fighters that I ...
    • 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' - Madison.com December 19, 2014
      Madison.com'Dragon Age: Inquisition'Madison.comLou Kesten: BioWare's overstuffed role-playing epic has everything you could want in a fantasy saga: war, magic, exploration, romance and, yes, dragons. I've spent 200 hours in its lush, frightening world and there are still huge areas I've barely ...and more »
    • 'Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor' - Madison.com December 19, 2014
      Madison.com'Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor'Madison.comLou Kesten: In Monolith Productions' brilliant take on J.R.R. Tolkien, you must challenge a series of orc warlords before going toe-to-toe with their evil boss. The result rewards a smart strategic approach as much as skillful swordplay, and it's ...
    • Empty Netter Assists - 12-19-14 - Pittsburgh Post Gazette (blog) December 19, 2014
      Pittsburgh Post Gazette (blog)Empty Netter Assists - 12-19-14Pittsburgh Post Gazette (blog)Acquired in the 1969 offseason along with Craig Cameron and a draft pick in a deal which sent Lou Angotti and a draft pick to the Blues, Schock spent eight seasons with the Penguins. In 1969-70, Schock appeared in 76 ... Lang's best season was 2000-01 ...
    • A holiday recording wrap-up - Glendale News Press December 19, 2014
      Glendale News PressA holiday recording wrap-upGlendale News PressNew England songwriter/guitarist Rick Lang earns special notice this year for his “That's What I love About Christmas” (RLM). ... Though not a singer of great distinction, Lang is joined by a sizable cast, including the versatile vocalist Annie Sellick ...and more »
    • Season of Sharing donor list for Dec. 19 - SFGate December 18, 2014
      Season of Sharing donor list for Dec. 19SFGate... $100, in memory of Boyd Swartz; Nancy Chow & Robert Spooner, $50; James & Marie Chuck, $120, in memory of Lou K. & Alice Lee; Audrey Cooper; Mike DeLuca; Shirley Dere, $300, in memory of Gilbert & Dorothy Dere; Lawrence & Barbara DiCostanzo ...
    • Green Day, Joan Jett will have to carry the Hall of Fame ceremony - Pittsburgh Post Gazette December 17, 2014
      Pittsburgh Post GazetteGreen Day, Joan Jett will have to carry the Hall of Fame ceremonyPittsburgh Post GazetteThe 2015 inductees, announced early Tuesday morning in a press release, include Bill Withers and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, along with Lou Reed, who died last year, and two bands missing their namesakes: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, an […]
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Tax Relief Bill to Bring $150 Million to Illinois Households, Says Rep. Lang

(Skokie, IL) – The Illinois House of Representatives on Monday approved a $150 million tax relief bill targeting individual households.

The legislation, Senate Bill 400, which the House passed on a vote of 67-49, would increase Illinois’ Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income, working households from a maximum of $283 to $566, boosting worker take home pay $55 million in 2012 and $110 million in 2013.

According to Deputy House Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie), a married couple with three children earning $30,000 a year would pay $799 in Illinois income taxes under current law. The new tax relief bill would drop their tax bill to $625 this year and $600 next year.

“For many hard-working families, $200 is a significant amount of money to go back in their pocket,” said Lang. “In turn, they will likely spend that money at a local business, boosting the economy.”

More than 2.5 million people benefited from the tax credit in 2009.

In addition to raising the earned income tax credit, the legislation also raises the standard tax exemption for households from $2,000 to $2,050, indexing it for inflation.

“By raising the standard, individual tax exemption, we will be adding an additional $40 million to Illinois households,” said Lang.

House lawmakers also voted, 81-28, for legislation, Senate Bill 397, to provide tax relief to top Illinois employers, such as the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Sears, and nearly 30,000 small businesses.

“The business tax relief will keep more than 8,100 jobs in Illinois,” said Lang.

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