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    • Illinois Passes Bill Giving Hatzolah Same Rights as Other Ambulance Services - JP Updates July 27, 2015
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    • Feast your ears: Film to tell homegrown radio story of WHFS - CapitalGazette.com July 27, 2015
      CapitalGazette.comFeast your ears: Film to tell homegrown radio story of WHFSCapitalGazette.com"The music would go from Frank Zappa to Mahler to Emmy Lou (Harris) to the Nighthawks to the Slickee Boys, Danny Gatton and then the Beatles," Schlossberg said. And the station was also the place where listeners heard many stars on the rise for the ...and […]
    • 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 […]
    • Feast your ears: Story of WHFS 102.3 FM - CapitalGazette.com July 27, 2015
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    • Community wants Roseland Hospital to stay open - Chicago Sun-Times July 24, 2015
      Chicago Sun-TimesCommunity wants Roseland Hospital to stay openChicago Sun-TimesLou Lang, D-Skokie, sponsor of that bill, said he has a “good level of confidence” he could override a veto, should the governor reject the measure. And a list of conditions that would increase the number of illnesses approved for treatment with ...and more »
    • Police: Marijuana worth more than $200K seized in West Chicago - Chicago Sun-Times July 25, 2015
      Police: Marijuana worth more than $200K seized in West ChicagoChicago Sun-TimesLou Lang (D-Skokie), who has championed the bill and the medical marijuana program, said he hopes the governor will sign the extension. Otherwise, it's veto-proof in the House and there's a “very strong majority” in the Senate, Lang said. “The governor ...and more » […]
    • Shutdown and showdown in Springfield - Chicago Tribune July 1, 2015
      Chicago TribuneShutdown and showdown in SpringfieldChicago TribuneLou Lang of Skokie, shown on the House floor earlier in the month, asserted June 30, 2015, during a hearing on the implications of a state government shutdown that, “It doesn't matter how we got here.” He's wrong about that — how we got here is by ...Essential Services BudgetAlton Da […]
    • Written By Becky Schlikerman Posted: 07/23/2015, 11:08am - Chicago Sun-Times July 23, 2015
      Chicago Sun-TimesWritten By Becky Schlikerman Posted: 07/23/2015, 11:08amChicago Sun-TimesLou Lang, D-Skokie, sponsor of that bill, said he has a “good level of confidence” he could override a veto, should the governor reject the measure. And a list of conditions that would increase the number of illnesses approved for treatment with ...and more »
    • Illinois lawmakers quick to say Blagojevich not getting out of prison any time ... - Chicago Tribune July 21, 2015
      Chicago TribuneIllinois lawmakers quick to say Blagojevich not getting out of prison any time ...Chicago TribuneLou Lang, D-Skokie, said the ruling reopened a wound that Illinois has tried to move beyond, but said he had faith in the court system. "He's still convicted on nine other counts, going to be re-tried on five counts. I'd say the dist […]
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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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