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    • Eyewitness News Investigation: Portrait of a Con - MyStateline.com February 27, 2015
      MyStateline.comEyewitness News Investigation: Portrait of a ConMyStateline.comPeople like Illinois House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie), who authored a resolution praising the organization and Spizzirri in 2003. He declined repeated requests for comment. State Representative Elgie Sims, Jr. (D) lobbied for Save a ...
    • The Register's Editorial: Iowa should fix its cannabis oil problem, not Illinois - DesMoinesRegister.com February 26, 2015
      DesMoinesRegister.comThe Register's Editorial: Iowa should fix its cannabis oil problem, not IllinoisDesMoinesRegister.comThe problem is that out-of-state buyers are not allowed under the Illinois law — and that's not likely to change, according to the legislation's primary sponsor, Rep. Lou Lang, a Democrat from Skokie. "Not plausible at […]
    • Rita sees new hope for casino expansion - Chicago Tribune February 27, 2015
      Rita sees new hope for casino expansionChicago TribuneLou Lang, D-Skokie, who had sponsored that 2012 bill and had spent years trying to increase the number of casinos in the state, withdrew from the fight, citing a "perceived conflict of interest." Madigan surprised many Springfield observers by handing ...
    • Lawmaker Wants To Extent Pot Program - Alton Daily News February 27, 2015
      Lawmaker Wants To Extent Pot ProgramAlton Daily NewsState Rep. Lou Lang is introducing legislation to move back the program's end date to four years from the date when the first dispensaries are registered with the state. Without an extension, Lang fears legalized medical cannabis may become too expensive.and more »
    • Lawmakers propose to slow heroin use with new bills - Chicago Daily Herald February 26, 2015
      Chicago Daily HeraldLawmakers propose to slow heroin use with new billsChicago Daily HeraldLou Lang, a Skokie Democrat, and Yingling agree that Illinois needs to start addressing the heroin issue and implementing new policies. "We have an increasing problem with heroin, and every day we don't act, it's a day we're not saving lives," […]
    • FSPAs to memorialize their 'shooting star,' Sister Thea Bowman - La Crosse Tribune February 28, 2015
      La Crosse TribuneFSPAs to memorialize their 'shooting star,' Sister Thea BowmanLa Crosse Tribune... De Sales Brother Mickey McGrath, a renowned artist, writer and speaker; Mary Lou Jennings, executive director of the Sister Thea Bowman Black Catholic Educational Foundation, and Sister Marla Lang, FSPA, classmate who professed vows with Bowman.
    • State has real concerns about Real ID - The Southern February 25, 2015
      State has real concerns about Real IDThe SouthernLou Lang, D-Skokie, is not a fan of Real ID as it exists. He said the federal government has failed to listen to state concerns. “I don't want to be a part of any kind of action that restricts people from our state from moving around the country as ...and more »
    • Iowa Gov. Branstad's cannabis oil idea faces roadblocks - SaukValley.com February 23, 2015
      Iowa Gov. Branstad's cannabis oil idea faces roadblocksSaukValley.comLou Lang, a Democrat from Skokie. “The governor of Iowa is talking nonsense.” Branstad's spokesman, Jimmy Centers, didn't respond to Lang's comment but said Branstad wants to meet with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to talk about the idea while both men ...and more »
    • 500 attend Pravin Varughese memorial; congressman taking affidavit to D.C. - Chicago Tribune February 17, 2015
      Chicago Tribune500 attend Pravin Varughese memorial; congressman taking affidavit to D.C.Chicago TribuneState Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie tells 500 people at a memorial service that the Varughese family has more guts and determination than any he has seen. State Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie tells 500 people at a memorial service that the Varughese family has more ... […]
    • Rauner proposes to cut $25M to drug abuse help - Journal Gazette and Times-Courier February 19, 2015
      Chicago Sun-TimesRauner proposes to cut $25M to drug abuse helpJournal Gazette and Times-CourierSPRINGFIELD -- Illinois lawmakers and drug treatment experts are concerned with Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal to cut funding to heroin addiction and rehabilitation programs. State Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, said he plans to fight the Republican governor's . […]
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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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