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    • Illinois delegates agree with Debbie Wasserman Schultz's DNC resignation - Northwest Herald July 26, 2016
      Wall Street JournalIllinois delegates agree with Debbie Wasserman Schultz's DNC resignationNorthwest HeraldThe Florida congresswoman is stepping down as chairwoman following hacked emails suggesting the DNC favorited Hillary Clinton in the presidential primaries against Bernie Sanders. Illinois House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang is a Clinton delegate […]
    • From Kwame to Kobe, ranking every prep-to-pro NBA player - The Mercury News July 26, 2016
      The Mercury NewsFrom Kwame to Kobe, ranking every prep-to-pro NBA playerThe Mercury NewsIn 2005, the National Basketball Association mandated that future draft prospects must be at least 19 years old and a year removed from high school before they can become eligible for the NBA draft. Thus, the prep-to-pro era of professional basketball ...
    • GOP state lawmaker resigns abruptly, cites cyber security issues - Chicago Sun-Times July 25, 2016
      Chicago Sun-TimesGOP state lawmaker resigns abruptly, cites cyber security issuesChicago Sun-TimesLou Lang, D-Skokie, shouting “This is b——-.” Rauner refused to answer any questions following a Loop news conference Monday. He walked past reporters who attempted to ask him about Sandack. Republican State Sen. Matt Murphy said of the Sandack's ...Suburban […]
    • SEC football's darkest moments - The Tennessean July 24, 2016
      The TennesseanSEC football's darkest momentsThe TennesseanLynn Lang, who was coach at Trezevant High in Memphis, took $150,000 from Alabama booster Logan Young to get defensive end Albert Means to sign with Alabama in 2000. Alabama lost scholarships and was banned from bowls in 2002 and 2003. In 2005, Lang ...and more »
    • Bill allows medication-based treatment for drug court participants ... - nwitimes.com July 20, 2016
      nwitimes.comBill allows medication-based treatment for drug court participants ...nwitimes.comSPRINGFIELD — Participants in drug court programs across Illinois will be allowed to use medication to combat opioid addiction under a new state law that will ...and more »
    • Illinois' Heroin Crisis Act a model for other states - Chicago Tribune June 29, 2016
      Chicago TribuneIllinois' Heroin Crisis Act a model for other statesChicago Tribune... September 2015 which has been heralded as "groundbreaking legislation" and is now being modeled in other states across the country, according to the bill's sponsor, Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie. The bill, though comprehensive, is "not a cure-all," L […]
    • House Democrats propose graduated income tax plan - Chicago Sun-Times April 16, 2016
      Chicago Sun-TimesHouse Democrats propose graduated income tax planChicago Sun-TimesLou Lang, D-Skokie, filed Friday — which will only work if Illinois voters approve a constitutional amendment to reform the tax code — most married taxpayers would pay 3.5 percent for income of $200,000 or less; 3.75 percent on income between $200 ...Is it time for a graduated […]
    • Lang Lang And Andra Day Empire State Of Mind Video - TownandCountrymag.com (blog) July 20, 2016
      TownandCountrymag.com (blog)Lang Lang And Andra Day Empire State Of Mind VideoTownandCountrymag.com (blog)Lang Lang, the 34-year-old piano phenomenon, was born in China and has played extensively around the world, but his heart belongs to New York City.and more »
    • Maya Beiser's New Album TranceClassical Transforms Classical - PR Newswire (press release) July 22, 2016
      PR Newswire (press release)Maya Beiser's New Album TranceClassical Transforms ClassicalPR Newswire (press release)NEW YORK, July 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Maya Beiser's New Album TranceClassical Transforms Classical. Exclusive Premiere on Apple Music Starts July 22.and more »
    • U of M writers series to feature Rankine-Robinson chat; Bike Night at Mia - MinnPost July 21, 2016
      MinnPostU of M writers series to feature Rankine-Robinson chat; Bike Night at MiaMinnPostApril 6-9 is its Early Music Festival, this time spotlighting composer Lou Harrison. The season ends May 4-6, when Zeitgeist teams up with Twin Cities composer collective Spitting Image to present new ... Having just wrapped its 10th season, Winona's ...
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Illinois House Declares “Heroin State of Emergency”

State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie)

State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie)

(Springfield, IL) – The Illinois House has voted unanimously, 108-0, to declare a “heroin state of emergency” in Illinois.

House lawmakers voted last week for House Resolution 883 not only to declare a “Heroin State of Emergency in Illinois” but also to call on the legislature to seek a comprehensive legislative “road map” to address the problem.

The resolution, which has 50 House sponsors, is the initial step by the new House Task Force on Heroin Crisis which is set to address Illinois’ growing heroin epidemic.

“Given that the heroin crisis plaguing Illinois – and particularly middle class families in Cook, in the Collar Counties, and Downstate – is continuing unabated, it is clear what we’re doing now is failing,” said House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie) the task force’s chairman.

House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) appointed Lang several weeks ago to lead the bi-partisan panel that will hold public hearings in Chicago, the suburbs, and Downstate.

“As lawmakers, we are aware in our own districts that we have a problem and a growing epidemic,” said Lang. “House Resolution 883 officially recognizes the problem and the statewide reach of the crisis and our need to seek creative solutions to combat this plague.”

Lang said that his intention would be to hold multiple public hearings during the course of the spring legislative session and praised the bi-partisan nature of the task force, and the first hearing scheduled for Chicago at the Bilandic Building on Tuesday, April 15 at 1:30 p.m.

“The panel aims to draft an actionable legislative agenda that demonstrates that both Democrats and Republicans are taking a leadership role in addressing an issue that worries families and law enforcement alike,” said Lang.

“Events are boosting the profile of both heroin in particular and addiction treatment policy in general – and it’s revealing that we’re losing this fight,” Lang said.

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Lang: Rauner Proposal to Slash Minimum Wage “Delusional”

(Skokie, IL) – House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skoke) today fired back at GOP gubernatorial Bruce Rauner’s proposal to cut the Illinois minimum wage, saying that the hyper-wealthy Rauner is “delusional.”

“In my 26 years in the legislature, I’ve seen many candidates roll out anti-poverty plans, but Bruce Rauner is the only candidate to roll-out a pro-poverty plan,” said Lang. “He’s delusional if he thinks that General Assembly would bow to his class warfare on low-income workers. He needs to have his delusion shaken up.”

Illinois radio WGBZ 1570 today reported Rauner’s plan to cut the Illinois minimum wage from $8.25 set 2010 to $7.25.

“I will advocate moving the Illinois minimum wage back to the national minimum wage. I think we’ve got to be competitive here in Illinois,” Rauner said.

Lang, who is also the Executive Vice Chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party, said the “era of robber barons is over”.

“Rauner is deeply out-of-touch with working people,” said Lang. “He needs to come to grips with the fact that the era of robber barons is over and impoverishing workers is no longer an economic growth strategy.”

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Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Endorses Rep. Lou Lang

State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie)

(Skokie, IL) – The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence political action committee in Illinois has endorsed State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) for reelection to the Illinois House.

The Brady PAC-IL, which supports candidates and elected officials who support an agenda of common sense and responsible gun ownership, issued the following statement:

“Representative Lou Lang is committed to commons sense gun violence prevention measures, such as fixing the background check system to keep prohibited purchasers from having access to firearms, and requiring gun owners to report when a weapon is lost or stolen. Representative Lang has earned the Brady PAC-IL 2012 endorsement in the 16th State Representative District.”

Lang face GOP opponent and staunch conceal carry backer Vince Romano (R-Skokie) on November 6.

Citizen Action Illinois Backs Rep. Lou Lang for Reelection

State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie)

(Chicago) – A top Illinois public interest advocacy group today endorsed Democratic State Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie in his bid reelection.

Lang earned a “Good” cumulative rating on ’ Legislative Scorecard for his overall record in the Illinois General Assembly and an endorsement from Illinois/Citizen Action’s State PAC, the Progressive Action Project.

The ratings are based on key votes for public interest issues in the General Assembly.

“Representative Lang has a proven record of voting for critical healthcare and consumer provisions as well as working diligently to protect the working families of Illinois,” said William McNary, co-director, Citizen Action/Illinois.

“Now more than ever we need fierce advocates like Representative Lang to fight for Illinoisans because working families, consumers, taxpayers and those who value justice and equality are under constant attack in statehouses around the nation.”

“I am honored by the endorsement from Citizen Action/Illinois,” said Lang.

Citizen Action/Illinois is a key player in the fight for social and economic justice at the state and national levels.

Lang faces GOP Vincent Romano challenger on November 6.

With Illinois Gaming Bill Veto, Rep. Lou Lang Questions Gov. Pat Quinn’s “Jobs Governor” Claim

(Chicago) — Illinois House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie) criticizes Gov. Pat Quinn‘s veto of Illinois gaming expansion legislation, which Lang sponsored, saying the move threatens saving or creating 90,000 jobs.

Rep. Lou Lang Wins National Small Business Award

State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Chicago)

(Skokie) – A national economic development group recently honored State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) during a national conference in Chicago with a coveted small business award.

The National Coalition for Capital, a Washington D.C.-based advocacy group for small business development, bestowed its “Champion of Small Business” award on Lang during the group’s annual award ceremony in Chicago on August 8th.

“This award recognizes Representative Lang’s important work to preserve and create jobs through access to capital policy that helps Illinois small businesses grow and develop,” said Michael Votta, President of the National Coalition for Capital.

“Representative Lang has demonstrated he is a champion of small business, and his efforts will have an enduring positive impact on Illinois.”

Champions of Small Business Awards recognize individuals for demonstrating leadership in supporting policies and initiatives designed to promote access to capital for small businesses and entrepreneurs, especially those in economically distressed communities.

Lang, who was first elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1988, convened in January 2010 the House of Representatives Bipartisan Jobs Creation Task Force that generated a raft of legislation to bolster Illinois job creation.

The veteran lawmakers has also remained a resilient advocate of access to capital for small business growth and the New Market Tax Credit program.

“Now more than ever, it is critical that elected officials do their part to advance innovative access to capital policies that allow small businesses to grow and prosper,” said Lang. “I am pleased to be among those honored for supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs as they strive to preserve and grow jobs in their communities.”

The National Coalition for Capital hosts an annual awards ceremony during the week of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit to recognize individuals for taking a leading role in fostering access to capital for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Rep. Lou Lang Offers Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Help at Mortgage Relief Workshop

State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie)

(Skokie, IL) – June 19, 2012. Aiming to blunt local home foreclosures, State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) will be hosting a “mortgage relief workshop” for local homeowners on June 27.

In conjunction with staff from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, the mortgage relief workshop will offer homeowners an opportunity to lower mortgage costs and to avoid foreclosure.

“The mortgage relief workshop is part of a broader state anti-foreclosure strategy by the Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network to help people who are behind on their mortgages and who are at risk of foreclosure,” said Lang.

At the workshop, homeowners should bring basic financial information in order to assess their eligibility for mortgage reduction assistance, including: current mortgage statement, 2010 & 2011 W-2 tax returns and schedules, 2 months of recent paystubs, other income documentation, recent utility bill, profit/loss statement if self-employed (last 6 months), and budget of household expenses.

The June 27 workshop will be held at the Croatian Cultural Center of Chicago, located at 2845 W. Devon. The workshop is scheduled from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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