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    • The Sunday Spin Full Show 6/7/15: Kurt Erickson, State Representative Lou ... - WGN Radio June 7, 2015
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    • Hello Columbus: Reader-submitted vacation photos - Columbus Dispatch July 5, 2015
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    • Illinois House defeats 1-month budget, battle continues - Danville Commercial News July 2, 2015
      Danville Commercial NewsIllinois House defeats 1-month budget, battle continuesDanville Commercial NewsLou Lang, rear, and Tim Nuding, right, Director of Governor's Office of Management and Budget, along with Jason Barclay, Governor's General Counsel, argue over the legality of paying state employees without a budget in place at the state Capitol . […]
    • Legislation to fight heroin on governor's desk - Bloomington Pantagraph June 30, 2015
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    • Democrats push 1-month budget; Rauner, GOP likely to oppose - Danville Commercial News July 1, 2015
      Danville Commercial NewsDemocrats push 1-month budget; Rauner, GOP likely to opposeDanville Commercial NewsLou Lang, rear, and Tim Nuding, right, Director of Governor's Office of Management and Budget, along with Jason Barclay, Governor's General Counsel, argue over the legality of paying state employees without a budget in place at the state Capit […]
    • Person uses BB gun, fires at Pace bus on Eisenhower Expressway - Chicago Sun-Times - Breaking News (blog) July 2, 2015
      Chicago Sun-Times - Breaking News (blog)Person uses BB gun, fires at Pace bus on Eisenhower ExpresswayChicago Sun-Times - Breaking News (blog)Lou Lang, D-Skokie, said. Republicans saw it differently. “The Earth isn't going to stop its rotation. The sun is going to rise and, thankfully, we will get there,” Republican Rep. Ron Sandack, of Downers Grove, s […]
    • CAPITAL FACTS: Triangular politics solid in Springfield - The Times (subscription) July 1, 2015
      CAPITAL FACTS: Triangular politics solid in SpringfieldThe Times (subscription)Madigan's Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang presided over the proceeding. A newspaper reported that Lang voted "no" in order to file a motion to reconsider the vote that would keep it alive. OK, but if you watch the roll call, Lang pushed his red button ...and more » […]
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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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