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    • Fortuna Garden Club honors 67 years of leadership - Eureka Times Standard February 17, 2018
      Eureka Times StandardFortuna Garden Club honors 67 years of leadershipEureka Times StandardPast presidents honored were: Judy Scoma, president from 2004 to 2006 and a member of the Fortuna Garden Club for 17 years; Claudia Rogers, president from 2009 to 2011 and a member of the Fortuna Garden Club for 14 years; Mary Lou Lang and Bev Ward, co ...
    • Top Madigan Aide Fired - Alton Daily News February 13, 2018
      Alton Daily NewsTop Madigan Aide FiredAlton Daily News“One just has to wonder if this is why we didn't have a legislative inspector general for three-plus years under Speaker Madigan and [Deputy Majority Leader] Lou Lang,” Wehrli said. “They simply didn't want things like this investigated and this could ...and more »
    • Gov. Rauner lays out ambitious goals for budget - The State Journal-Register February 10, 2018
      The State Journal-RegisterGov. Rauner lays out ambitious goals for budgetThe State Journal-RegisterLou Lang, D-Skokie, immediately took to social media to repudiate that. “I'll say on the record. Governor Rauner is lying,” Lang wrote. “In no way or form did Speaker Madigan say or hint to House Democrats that he wants a budget stalemate repeated ...and m […]
    • Rauner will lay out ambitious goals for budget in Wednesday speech - SaukValley.com February 13, 2018
      SaukValley.comRauner will lay out ambitious goals for budget in Wednesday speechSaukValley.comLou Lang, D-Skokie, immediately took to social media to repudiate that. “I'll say on the record. Governor Rauner is lying,” Lang wrote. “In no way or form did Speaker Madigan say or hint to House Democrats that he wants a budget stalemate repeated ...and more » […]
    • State Rep. Laura Fine Endorses Jen Gong-Gershowitz - Patch.com February 13, 2018
      Patch.comState Rep. Laura Fine Endorses Jen Gong-GershowitzPatch.comGong-Gershowitz is also endorsed by Congressman Brad Schneider, Illinois AFL-CIO, the Chicago Federation of Labor, the Illinois Federation of Teachers, Equality Illinois, the Indo-American Democratic Organization, SEIU Local 73, AFSCME, Citizen Action ...
    • Top Madigan political aide fired over sexual harassment allegations - MDJOnline.com February 12, 2018
      MDJOnline.comTop Madigan political aide fired over sexual harassment allegationsMDJOnline.com“One just has to wonder if this is why we didn't have a legislative inspector general for three-plus years under Speaker Madigan and [Deputy Majority Leader] Lou Lang,” Wehrli said. “They simply didn't want things like this investigated and this could ... […]
    • Moylan To Back ERA Ratification - Journal & Topics Newspapers Online February 3, 2018
      Moylan To Back ERA RatificationJournal & Topics Newspapers OnlineThough both Illinois houses have passed ERA by a majority vote, the state requires a three-fifths supermajority to ratify the amendment. Now that Moylan is on board, local activists are working on the next steps to making ERA ratification a reality in ...
    • Governor Rauner: The state of our state today is one of readiness - FOX Illinois February 1, 2018
      FOX IllinoisGovernor Rauner: The state of our state today is one of readinessFOX IllinoisNow it is time to finish the job." House Democrats responding immediately after the address, saying many of the accomplishments Rauner talked aren't actually his accomplishments. "Gov. Rauner has no accomplishments to point to," Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skoki […]
    • Rauner Tries To Sell Bipartisanship In State Of The State Address, But Few Are Buying - Peoria Public Radio February 1, 2018
      Peoria Public RadioRauner Tries To Sell Bipartisanship In State Of The State Address, But Few Are BuyingPeoria Public RadioNegotiators on both sides of the aisle tried to hammer out a plan, but Rauner was blamed for pulling the plug. Later, some in the GOP sided with Democrats to pass a budget and tax increase over Rauner's objections. "Springfield […]
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Illinois Senate Approves Landmark Ethics Law, 55-0

(Springfield, IL) — The Illinois Senate joined the Illinois House and on Monday voted 55-0 to override Governor Rod Blagojevich’s veto of landmark ethics legislation this week and sent the bill.

The ethics bill’s key provision bans political contributors who have or want state contracts valued at least $50,000 from donating campaign money to statewide elected officials who hand out the contracts. This plan starts cleaning up Illinois’ political sleaze.

“Illinois’ pay-to-pay politics are about to end,” said State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie).

The law takes effect January 1, 2009.

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House Rejects Blagojevich’s Autism Insurance Hoax

(Springfield, IL) — The Illinois House on Monday voted down Gov. Rod Blagojevich‘s maneuver to use an amendatory veto to add autism insurance coverage to an unrelated bill. The move violates the Illinois constitution, House Democratic lawmakers say.

“For the governor to take legislation and completely rewrite it is dangerous because where does it start and stop? And it is a cruel hoax on the families who need the insurance,” said State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie).

“Were the legislature to approve the governor’s changes, the courts would quickly recognize the unconstitutionality of the Governor’s move and could strike it down in a New York minute.”

There are two autism-related proposals pending before the General Assembly. Lang says the legislature could send the legislation to Gov. Blagojevich’s desk for his signature as early as November.

“I want Illinois families to get reliable autism insurance they need without violating the constitution and without deceiving families,” said Lang.

New Illinois Ethics Legislation in Jeopardy

(Skokie, IL) — The Illinois House voted overwhelmingly, 113-3, to override Governor Rod Blagojevich’s veto of landmark ethics legislation this week and sent the bill Thursday to the Senate. But Senate President Emil Jones now says the 15-day clock to consider the legislation does not start until the Senate returns to Springfield. The Senate returns on November 12.

Legislators in both parties are challenging the Senate President’s interpretation of the Constitution. It’s a risky interpretation. If his interpretation is incorrect, then his action by inaction will have killed the ethics reform.

The ethics bill’s key provision bans political contributors who have or want state contracts valued at least $50,000 from donating campaign money to statewide elected officials who hand out the contracts. This plan starts cleaning up Illinois’ political sleaze. Now it may die.

Senator Jones’ interpretation could be challenged in court.

Comment: House Lottery Lease Bill as Good as the Governor’s Going to Get

The Illinois House passed, 78-35, a $10 billion state lottery lease bill this wek to jump start a statewide capital construction program to build and rebuild, schools, roads, bridges, and public transportation. It’s the right move.

The lease of the state lottery—as the source of revenue to fund construction projects—emerged as the least objectionable funding source after nearly six years of long, polarizing, and paralyzing debate. I voted for this bill. I dislike this bill. But I dislike the alternatives far worse. And our infrastructure needs to be upgraded.

Governor Rod Blagojevich

Governor Rod Blagojevich

This bill is better than the original proposal that Governor Rod Blagojevich presented. This plan creates more transparency and accountability. The Treasurer and Comptroller will help handle the lease process. A revamped, independent Gaming Board will monitor the lease. Lawyer and broker fees will be capped.

The legislation authorizes the Governor to proceed. It authorizes the Governor to seek and accept a $10 bid billion, but not a dime less. If no vendor bids at least $10 billion, there is no lease. No projects. There is no cheap give-away of a state asset.

School funding is protected. The legislation holds education funding harmless at $600 million. Schools will get next year what they got this year from the lottery. No loss.

Will the Governor agree to the proposal? Not sure. But he would be foolish to disagree. It is as good as he’s going to get. The Governor will get the money for his long sought-after capital construction program. And he will get new road, bridge, and school bragging rights. He will just need to share the decision-making, and, perhaps, some of the bragging.

Of course the Illinois Senate must still consider the plan before any bragging can begin. Will the Senate agree? Not sure there either. The Senate is focused on succession. But were I a betting man, I would say a gubernatorial “nod” would be sufficient to secure Senate approval.

We’ll see.