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    • Fortuna Garden Club honors 67 years of leadership - Eureka Times Standard February 17, 2018
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    • 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 » […]
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      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 ... […]
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      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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Lang Hopefull on Illinois Medical Marijuana Approval

(Springfield, IL) — The Illinois medical marijuana bill did not come to a vote in the Illinois House before Illinois General Assembly’s spring legislative deadline expired on May 31, but House sponsor State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) remains hopeful.

The legislation, Senate Bill 1381, passed both the Senate 30-28 and the House Human Services Committee 4-3

State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton), left, State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie)

State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton), left, State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie)

last week, but still lacked enough votes in the full House.

“Although (the) top priority was the tax bill, I think the time has come for Illinois to enact a medical marijuana law. We just need to shore up a few votes before calling this bill to the floor,” said Lang, a Deputy Majority Leader and chief House sponsor of the plan.

State Senator William Haine (D-Alton) sponsored the bill in the Senate.

“It was dramatic that the bill got out of the Senate,” Haine said in an interview with the Alton Telegraph. “We had a busy spring. This bill was one of hundreds. It had one of the highest profiles because it surrounded the whole debate on drugs and marijuana and came with a lot of baggage.”

Lawmakers retun to Springfield for the veto session in the fall.

Other legislative sponsors:

State Senators: Iris Martinez, Jeff Schoenberg, Donne Trotter, Kwame Raoul and Linda Holmes.

State Representatives: Angelo Saviano, John Fritchey, and Karen Yarbrough.

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Lou Lang Says Illinois Casino Expansion Bill Has “Flaws that Are Fixable”

(Springfield, IL) — A gambling expansion plan – including slots at horse tracks and four new casinos – pushed through the Illinois Senate by State Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills)–stalled in the Illinois House, but the plan is “fixable” according to State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie).

Lang, a Deputy House Majority Leader, oversees gaming in the House, said there are provisions he called

House Speaker Michael Madigan

House Speaker Michael Madigan

“problematic.”

“There are flaws that are fixable, but they were unfixable before the deadline,” Lang said. “I think this can be win-win, just not yet.”

The Link bill proposes four new casinos in Chicago, Park City, Rockford and Danville; increasing gambling positions at existing casinos from 1,200 to 2,000; and permit riverboats to become land-based.

“I think naming specific communities is problematic, although I actually personally support the communities he named in the bill. But in terms of passing the bill out of the House, it would be better to have a more general approach,” Lang said.

Link’s bill would also allow existing Illinois casinos to operate slot machines at horse tracks.

“I think if we’re going to help the racetracks, we ought to help the racetracks. We ought to give them their opportunity to get a few bucks out of this to save the 40,000 jobs in the horse-racing industry,” Lang said. “The way the slot machines at the racetrack are treated, I would treat them differently.”

Passing legislation after May 31 requires 3/5th of lawmakers in both chambers. After January 1, only a majority will be necessary.

“Speaker Michael Madigan has staked out a position opposed to gambling, and even though I support gaming expansion, while I’m on his leadership team, I support the Speaker’s position,” Lang said.

“That said, I don’t support everything in Senator Link’s bill and I’m sure he and I could work out our differences, but until and unless the Speaker decides we’re going to take a look at this probably nothing will happen.”