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    • Legal Face-Off Supreme Court Panel, State Representative Lou Lang on the Equal Rights Amendment, Inside Out ... - WGN Radio May 16, 2018
      WGN RadioLegal Face-Off Supreme Court Panel, State Representative Lou Lang on the Equal Rights Amendment, Inside Out ...WGN RadioIllinois State Representative Lou Lang discusses his efforts to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Abrams, Fensterman Executive Partner Carolyn Reinach Wolf discusses an important recent case involving the liability of colleges whe […]
    • ERA clears committee, but full House vote delayed - The State Journal-Register May 16, 2018
      The State Journal-RegisterERA clears committee, but full House vote delayedThe State Journal-RegisterAfter a heated discussion in committee Wednesday morning, state Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, told reporters he is still working on getting the 71 votes needed for Illinois to be the 37th state to ratify the amendment, which would guarantee gender equality ...Illi […]
    • Illinois lawmakers vote to let kids take medical marijuana in school - Herald & Review May 20, 2018
      Herald & ReviewIllinois lawmakers vote to let kids take medical marijuana in schoolHerald & ReviewLou Lang, a Democrat from Skokie, sponsored the bill. "The vote seems to indicte a change in the train of thought about cannabis," Lang said. "We may have gone over the hump in explaining what this product is and isn't." In April […]
    • Sports gambling will not solve state's pension woes - Chicago Sun-Times May 15, 2018
      Chicago Sun-TimesSports gambling will not solve state's pension woesChicago Sun-TimesFor those of us who hoped online sports gambling might be a way to solve this state's $130 billion pension debt, state Rep. Lou Lang says curb your enthusiasm. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a national law that prohibited sports gambling ...'We […]
    • Illinois House ERA vote could come next week - Bloomington Pantagraph May 10, 2018
      Bloomington PantagraphIllinois House ERA vote could come next weekBloomington PantagraphLou Lang said Wednesday morning the proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution — which outlaws discrimination based on gender in every state — will be on the agenda in the House Human Services Committee on May 16. "We hope it will come right ...and more »
    • IL Senate votes to give kids access to medical pot at schools - Chicago Sun-Times May 17, 2018
      Chicago Sun-TimesIL Senate votes to give kids access to medical pot at schoolsChicago Sun-TimesLou Lang, D-Skokie, brought the bill to the floor of the Illinois House after the parents of 12-year-old Ashley Surin filed a federal lawsuit in January against the state and Schaumburg School District 54 for failing to include public schools among the ...and more  […]
    • Jagger wants to get satisfaction from Illinois reps on Equal Rights Amendment - Chicago Sun-Times May 18, 2018
      Chicago Sun-TimesJagger wants to get satisfaction from Illinois reps on Equal Rights AmendmentChicago Sun-TimesShe stopped by Springfield last week to attend a rally in support of the Illinois bill, according to Rep. Lou Lang, the House sponsor of the amendment. “She asked her father to send a letter and he did,” the Skokie Democrat said. Lang saw a draft of […]
    • ERA opponents' logic questioned - The Capitol Fax Blog (blog) May 18, 2018
      ERA opponents' logic questionedThe Capitol Fax Blog (blog)Then she stumped for the passage of the ERA (you'll remember the vote was delayed Wednesday when Lou Lang said he didn't have the votes because of an “attendance issue.”)… “We need the Equal Rights Amendment now to ensure that women are not ...
    • Morning Spin: Debate over decades-old Equal Rights Amendment will continue in Illinois this month - Chicago Tribune May 8, 2018
      Chicago TribuneMorning Spin: Debate over decades-old Equal Rights Amendment will continue in Illinois this monthChicago TribuneDemocratic state Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie pushed back on that idea, saying the accusation “insults me to my core” and the amendment is “about giving everyone equal rights.” Lang needs 71 votes to get the amendment approved by the Hous […]
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Lang Helps Make Illinois Government Information Easier to Get, Confident Quinn Would Sign Law

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois state government bureaucracy would need to make government information more accessible to taxpayers under legislation the Illinois House approved Wednesday.

House legislators voted 116-0 to reform the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.

State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie)

State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie)

The bill, sponsored by State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie), requires state agencies to respond to requests for documents more quickly. It also assigns responsibility to Illinois Attorney General for ruling on and mediating disputes between citizens and bureaucrats, giving the Attorney General power to impose civil penalties on bureaucrats who deliberately ignore the law.

“In an effort to clean up in the wake of Rod Blagojevich, it’s important that we take this step to let people know we’re as serious about reform as we told them we would be,” said Lang, a Deputy House Majority Leader.

The legislation now moves to the state Senate. If approved by the Senate, Lang is confident Governor Pat Quinn will sign the measure.

“As a champion of Freedom of Information Act reform, I am confident Governor Quinn would sign this bill into law if it reaches his desk,” said Lang.

The General Assembly is schduled to adjourn on May 31.

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Lou Lang Wins Passage of $29 Billion State Construction Program to Fix Roads, Schools, Bridges, Parks, Mass Transit

(Springfield, IL) — The Illinois House on Thursday approved a $29 billion capital plan to build or rebuild schools, roads, bridges, public parks, and mass transit.

The House supported the legislation to fund the plan passed 86-30, but the bills to spend the money each

Deputy House Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie)

Deputy House Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie)

passed 117-0. Many House Republicans opposed the revenue bills, but voted in favor of the spending.

“This construction program represents Illinois’ economic stimulus package,” said State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie), the chief sponsor of the legislation.

“This is the bill that will put thousands of our people to work, repair the infrastructure of our state and do great things moving forward for the citizens and the economy of the state of Illinois,” Lang said.

This is the first Illinois capital program in more than 10 years, Lang notes.

“This new construction program represents a significant, and some ways a historic, achievement by the Illinois General Assembly,” said Lang. “We have put the dysfunction of the Blagojevich years behind us.”
Some of the construction highlights include:

  • $2.8 billion in new road projects
  • $1.5 billion for school construction
  • $1.4 billion for universities and community colleges
  • $150 million for Amtrak
  • $2 billion for public transportation: 10 percent for downstate, the rest to the Chicago area
  • $875 million for environmental and water projects
  • $150 million for state parks

For the RTA, the capital plan provides $1.8 billion, plus $900 million in the recent “mini” capital bill, bringing to $2.7 billion from the state for mass transit infrastructure needs in the Chicago area.

Governor Pat Quinn has announced that he will not sign the capital bill until lawmakers approve new state budget. For that reason, Lang initiated a parliamentary maneuver to withhold the bills from Quinn until the Governor commits to signing the measures.

“When the governor is ready to sign the bill, I’ll send it to him,” said Lang

Lawmakers are scheduled to adjourn on May 31.

Quinn’s 1st 100 Days – Lang, Murphy Comment on Fox-TV

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Quinn’s 1st 100 Days-“He Started Off on a Good Foot…”

“I think he started off on a good foot and then he took the extraordinary step of proposing a huge tax increase, huge pension changes all of which met significant resistance,” said State Representative Lou Lang (D-Skokie)