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    • Right-to-work goes down in flames in Illinois House with zero yes votes - Chicago Sun-Times May 14, 2015
      Chicago Sun-TimesRight-to-work goes down in flames in Illinois House with zero yes votesChicago Sun-TimesLou Lang, D-Skokie, accused Republicans of selling out, saying that Rauner moved money into state lawmakers' funds in advance of Thursday's vote: “$400,000 this week. What were those checks for?” Lang needled Republicans who were expected to vot […]
    • Illinois House approves heroin treatment measure - Chicago Tribune May 27, 2015
      Chicago TribuneIllinois House approves heroin treatment measureChicago TribuneLou Lang, D-Skokie. "Some states are doing a little here and a little there, but this legislation is the most comprehensive bill written on this subject ever written in this country." Heroin overdose deaths have been on the rise statewide since 2011 ...Heroin abuse bill p […]
    • Dawn Patrol: Hawks force Game 7; heroin legislation advances - Chicago Daily Herald May 28, 2015
      Chicago Daily HeraldDawn Patrol: Hawks force Game 7; heroin legislation advancesChicago Daily HeraldThe fight against heroin abuse in the suburbs took a major legislative step forward Wednesday, as the House unanimously approved a package of legislation based largely on experiences from DuPage County. The plan, drawn up by state Rep. Lou Lang ...and more » […]
    • Heroin abuse bill passes House - Lincoln Courier May 27, 2015
      Lincoln CourierHeroin abuse bill passes HouseLincoln CourierLou Lang, D-Skokie, has been pushing for a heroin reform package since March. He sponsored House Bill 1, which he said is a comprehensive package in dealing with heroin abuse in the state. It includes provisions for a prescription-return program and ...
    • State lawmaker's plan to curb heroin abuse moves forward - Chicago Daily Herald May 21, 2015
      State lawmaker's plan to curb heroin abuse moves forwardChicago Daily HeraldThe sponsor of the most far-reaching anti-heroin legislation in Springfield this year sparred with a state agency official over the cost of the proposal Wednesday. State Rep. Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat, says he's come up with a compromise that garners ...
    • Illinois House Approves Major Portions Of New State Budget - WNIJ and WNIU May 27, 2015
      WNIJ and WNIUIllinois House Approves Major Portions Of New State BudgetWNIJ and WNIU“That, to me, is a tragedy." Governor Bruce Rauner has not proposed a balanced budget either, says Democratic Representative Lou Lang from Skokie. "The governor's own budget was out of whack ... by billions of dollars, and purposefully so," Lang said.House […]
    • Recreational Marijuana for Illinois? - RiverBender.com May 27, 2015
      Recreational Marijuana for Illinois?RiverBender.comThere's a way for Illinois to potentially raise $100 million in new tax revenue which isn't being publicly discussed by state lawmakers. That option is legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Four other states with much smaller populations than ...and more »
    • Weston's 2015 Citizens of the Year - The Weston Forum May 28, 2015
      The Weston ForumWeston's 2015 Citizens of the YearThe Weston ForumThere are also a number of AEDs located in public areas throughout Weston: at town hall, the Senior Center, the schools, Central Office, the fire stations, the Town Hall Annex, the Booster Barn, Lang's Pharmacy, Aspetuck Country Club, the Weston Field ...
    • Scientists Oppose “Conversion” Therapy Bans for Gender-Confused Minors! - Crossmap May 28, 2015
      Scientists Oppose “Conversion” Therapy Bans for Gender-Confused Minors!CrossmapFirst, acting as speaker of the house, state representative Lou Lang (D-Skokie)-you know, the 27-year veteran lawmaker whose pockets are lined with filthy lucre from the gaming and marijuana industries-abruptly closed floor debate and called HB 217 for ...
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Haine, Lang Announce Illinois State Police Reverse Opposition to Illinois Medical Marijuana Legislation

State Senator William Haine

(Springfield, IL) – May 5, 2010.  State Senator William Haine (D-Alton) and House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie) yesterday announced the Illinois State Police are no longer opposed to medical marijuana use in Illinois.

Lang and Haine met with Captain Timothy Becker of the Illinois State Police earlier and Becker informed the lawmakers that the Illinois Department of State Police had changed its position on Senate Bill 1381, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, from opposition to neutrality.

“I am extremely pleased by Illinois State Police’s decision, because it improves the probability of the bill’s approval,” said Lang.

“This legislation is intended to alleviate pain in people suffering debilitating medical conditions and the Illinois State Police recognize that,” he said.

Haine said he believed the Department changed its position after carefully reviewing the legislation and recognizing the safeguards will protect patients, caregivers and the public.

Haine also noted that in a number of states, police organizations have removed their objections after a period of observing their laws in operation.

“As a former State’s Attorney, I have the greatest respect for the police organizations of our State and local governments.  This change of position demonstrates what we have known all along, and that is that our State police organization is focused first and foremost on criminal activities as it relates to illegal substances,” Haine said.

“The State Police’s compassion for the seriously ill matches our own,” Lang said. “No one should be denied medicine that might improve their life’s quality.”

In addition to Haine, Senate sponsors include: Iris Martinez (D), Jeff Schoenberg (D), Donne Trotter (D), Kwame Raoul (D), Linda Holmes (D), and Ira Silverstein (D).

Other House sponsors include: Angelo  “Skip” Saviano (R), John Fritchey (D), Karen Yarbrough (D), Ken Dunkin (D), Greg Harris (D), Cynthia Soto (D), Robyn Gabel (D), and Camille Lilly (D).

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