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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 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.”