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    • Illinois medical marijuana rules drop gun language - Belleville News Democrat April 17, 2014
      Belleville News DemocratIllinois medical marijuana rules drop gun languageBelleville News DemocratLou Lang, a Skokie Democrat, sponsored the medical cannabis legislation and sits on the committee that will vote on the rules. He said Thursday he has been told the provision "is out of the rules." "I'm happy to see that they have changed the […]
    • 'Epidemic' of heroin addiction facing state, house committee hears - Chicago Daily Herald April 17, 2014
      'Epidemic' of heroin addiction facing state, house committee hearsChicago Daily HeraldDan Brady, David Harris, Lou Lang, Michelle Mussman and Mike McAuliffe -- attended the hearing, and said the testimony would be passed on to the rest of their committee. Advertisement. This was the second of four meetings being held around Illinois to ...
    • Medical marijuana rules drop gun language - Galesburg Register-Mail April 17, 2014
      Medical marijuana rules drop gun languageGalesburg Register-MailBoth patients and caregivers would have been required to certify their understanding of the conflict between gun ownership and medical marijuana use. The wording stemmed from an interpretation of federal law. State Rep. Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat, was ...
    • Lawmaker kicks off new campaign for Chicago casino - Crain's Chicago Business (blog) April 16, 2014
      Lawmaker kicks off new campaign for Chicago casinoCrain's Chicago Business (blog)Bob Rita, D-Blue Island, who has taken over sponsorship of casino legislation from Skokie Democrat Lou Lang, who recently walked away from the issue after years of frustration. One version of the measure, an amendment to SB 1739, would authorize five ...
    • Illinois Rep Bob Rita OffersTwo Plans for Chicago Casino Expansion - Casino.Org News April 18, 2014
      Casino.Org NewsIllinois Rep Bob Rita OffersTwo Plans for Chicago Casino ExpansionCasino.Org News... as they want even more slots available at their tracks. With so much opposition from around the state, many lawmakers feel that only a broader gambling bill has any chance of success. “Rita's worked very hard on this,” said Lou Lang (D-Skokie ...and more  […]
    • Addiction treatment specialists say state funding is too low - nwitimes.com April 16, 2014
      Addiction treatment specialists say state funding is too lownwitimes.comLou Lang, D-Skokie, started a task force to examine possible legislative efforts to help the state's treatment system. “It's definitely going to be a problem moving forward,” Lang said. “Our state investment in prevention and treatment has gone down ...
    • Berrios gets new term as county Democratic boss - Crain's Chicago Business (blog) April 16, 2014
      Berrios gets new term as county Democratic bossCrain's Chicago Business (blog)... support to lead this great party," he told committeemen. "When we stay together, we stay strong together." Ms. Preckwinkle and state Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, will continue to serve as executive vice chairs of the party. Follow Greg on Twitter at ...and more  […]
    • Addiction Experts: Cuts Could Hurt Drug Treatment - WIFR April 16, 2014
      Addiction Experts: Cuts Could Hurt Drug TreatmentWIFRLou Lang has started a task force to look at legislative ways to help treatment systems. He says decreased investment in prevention and treatment has "come back to haunt us." Alan Sender is chief operating officer for Chestnut Health Systems in ...
    • Lawmakers Discuss Heroin - Alton Daily News April 17, 2014
      Lawmakers Discuss HeroinAlton Daily NewsThe chairman of the task force, State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie), says with that information, lawmakers are better equipped to discuss possible solutions to the heroin problem. “And then we're going to have many additional hearings in various places ...
    • Producer Bob Ezrin Listens to the Barefoot MM27 Sound - Consumer Electronics Net April 18, 2014
      Producer Bob Ezrin Listens to the Barefoot MM27 SoundConsumer Electronics Net... with many of the world's most celebrated contemporary artists, including, Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, U2, Peter Gabriel, Deep Purple, Lang Lang, Jay-Z, Taylor Swift, K'naan, will.i.am, Zucchero, Green Day, Elton John, Lou Reed, Rod Stewart and many ...
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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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