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    • Illinois Rep. Lou Lang, left, and Gov. Bruce Rauner - Crain's Chicago Business (blog) August 5, 2015
      Illinois Rep. Lou Lang, left, and Gov. Bruce RaunerCrain's Chicago Business (blog)Lou Lang—Skokie Democrat, harsh critic of GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner, deputy majority leader in Speaker Mike Madigan's House—happened to hit up that very same governor for a job for his daughter. Or, more accurately, a renewal of the part-time post she ...and more »
    • Erickson: Budget impasse could make for a long winter - Bloomington Pantagraph August 30, 2015
      Chicago Sun-TimesErickson: Budget impasse could make for a long winterBloomington Pantagraph... Senate and face a possible veto by Rauner. As Illinois moves from summer into fall, few lawmakers are holding out much hope for a quick solution. "I think we may still be here when it begins to snow," said Deputy House Majority Leader Lou Lang, D ...Eric […]
    • Budget fight ices funds for roads - Herald & Review (blog) August 30, 2015
      Budget fight ices funds for roadsHerald & Review (blog)"I think we may still be here when it begins to snow," said Deputy House Majority Leader Lou Lang, D-Skokie. HIGHER POWER: High-level talks between legislative leaders and Rauner have done little to move the needle when it comes to finding a way out of ...and more »
    • Lang Moves To Reject Governor's Rollbacks To Anti-Heroin Bill - WUIS 91.9 August 26, 2015
      WUIS 91.9Lang Moves To Reject Governor's Rollbacks To Anti-Heroin BillWUIS 91.9Lou Lang says could be a model for the nation, in combating an uptick of opiod use. The end result requires school nurses and ambulances to be equipped with antidotes, mandates the state maintain a list of heroin-related deaths, and has doctors track ...Rauner dumps treatment […]
    • State: Highland Park doctor 'phonied up medical marijuana papers' for medical pot - Chicago Sun-Times August 29, 2015
      Chicago Sun-TimesState: Highland Park doctor 'phonied up medical marijuana papers' for medical potChicago Sun-TimesLou Lang, D-Skokie, who championed the medical marijuana program, said he thinks the governor is being “shortsighted.” “I also believe he is trying to make it look like he cares about these patients, but in fact a four-month extension […]
    • Ill. Gov. Removes Medicaid Coverage From Heroin Treatment Bill - WUNC August 27, 2015
      Ill. Gov. Removes Medicaid Coverage From Heroin Treatment BillWUNCSCHAPER: Democratic State Representative Lou Lang says 80 percent of those seeking treatment for opioid dependence in Illinois could qualify for Medicaid coverage. And he notes that the federal government would actually pick up much of that cost.and more »
    • Chicago pols try to keep it all in the family - Crain's Chicago Business August 8, 2015
      Crain's Chicago BusinessChicago pols try to keep it all in the familyCrain's Chicago BusinessThat was the governor's response recently when I asked him about my report that as the state budget war developed last spring, House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang—a top lieutenant of Speaker Michael Madigan's—asked the Rauner folks if they could […]
    • Illinois Democrats gather for Democrat Day at State Fair - WREX-TV August 20, 2015
      WREX-TVIllinois Democrats gather for Democrat Day at State FairWREX-TVDemocratic Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie has criticized Gov. Bruce Rauner's reductions in spending for autism services, epilepsy patients and other social services. Lang spoke Thursday at the state fair's Democrat Day. Rauner campaigned on a "turnaround ...Democrats find common gr […]
    • Campaign cash flows from medical marijuana interests to state Rep. Lou Lang - Reboot Illinois June 15, 2015
      Reboot IllinoisCampaign cash flows from medical marijuana interests to state Rep. Lou LangReboot IllinoisLou Lang isn't a household name, but the veteran state legislator is well known to many as the driving force behind one of the biggest changes to Illinois' law books in decades: The legalization of medical marijuana. He's also been showered […]
    • 60 Music Videos That Raised LGBT Visibility - Advocate.com August 28, 2015
      60 Music Videos That Raised LGBT VisibilityAdvocate.comLou Reed, "Walk On The Wild Side" (1972). Reed, who in the '70s also had bisexual dalliances and a well-documented relationship .... k.d. lang, "Constant Craving" (1992). The Canadian crooner was the first androgynous lesbian ever to make it big on MTV.
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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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