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    • House Democrats propose graduated income tax plan - Chicago Sun-Times April 16, 2016
      Chicago Sun-TimesHouse Democrats propose graduated income tax planChicago Sun-TimesLou Lang, D-Skokie, filed Friday — which will only work if Illinois voters approve a constitutional amendment to reform the tax code — most married taxpayers would pay 3.5 percent for income of $200,000 or less; 3.75 percent on income between $200 ...Is it time for a graduated […]
    • Rep. Lang Calls On Sen. Kirk To Act - FOX Illinois May 3, 2016
      FOX IllinoisRep. Lang Calls On Sen. Kirk To ActFOX IllinoisWASHINGTON, DC (WRSP) — State Representative Lou Lang is sending a message to Illinois Senator Mark Kirk. In a press conference Monday, Lang says Kirk is not doing his job when it comes to confirming President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, ...and more »
    • It's time for Illinois to graduate to a progressive income tax - Chicago Tribune April 28, 2016
      Chicago TribuneIt's time for Illinois to graduate to a progressive income taxChicago TribuneLou Lang of Skokie, is shown on the House floor in June 2015. Lang has sponsored a bill that would tax individuals with an annual income over $500,000 at 8.75 percent. (Justin L. Fowler, State Journal-Register). Eric ZornContact ReporterChange of Subject.April 28 […]
    • Illinois lawmakers must act on amendments this week - Quad City Times May 2, 2016
      Chicago TribuneIllinois lawmakers must act on amendments this weekQuad City TimesEmily Miller of Voices for Illinois Children, an advocacy group that's backing the amendment and a companion bill from Lang that would cut taxes for more than 99 percent of taxpayers while raising rates on the wealthiest Illinoisans, said she expects ...State constitutional […]
    • Gov. Bruce Rauner emphasizes his opposition to graduated tax - Peoria Journal Star May 3, 2016
      Alton Daily NewsGov. Bruce Rauner emphasizes his opposition to graduated taxPeoria Journal StarLou Lang, D-Skokie, has introduced a bill establishing the various tax rates that would be imposed if voters opt for the graduated rate. He said his plan will actually cut taxes for 99 percent of Illinois taxpayers, making the plan “palatable to all ...Progressive […]
    • Optimistic Rauner mum on what it will take to end budget impasse - Chicago Tribune May 2, 2016
      Chicago TribuneOptimistic Rauner mum on what it will take to end budget impasseChicago TribuneLou Lang, D-Skokie. "The problem isn't the numbers on the budget. They can sit there crunching budget numbers all day long, and I'm glad they are," Lang said of his colleagues in the legislature. "I think they're doing yeomen's wor […]
    • Progressive Illinois income tax fairer to middle class - Chicago Sun-Times May 1, 2016
      Chicago Sun-TimesProgressive Illinois income tax fairer to middle classChicago Sun-TimesA bill introduced by state Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, offers some specifics on that score. Lang would lower the current 3.75 percent flat rate to 3.5 percent for lower-income earners. He would raise the rate to 8.75 percent on the part of income over ...and more »
    • High school results - May 2 - Kansas City Star May 3, 2016
      High school results - May 2Kansas City StarLee's Summit North, 321; 3. LS West, 331; 4. Lee's Summit, 339; 5. Blue Springs South, 347; 6. Blue Springs, 354; 7. Truman, 383; 8. Raymore-Peculiar, 397; 9. Raytown, 425; 10. Belton, 452. Rockhurst qualifiers: 2. Propeck, 77; T4. Enright, 80; Lang ...
    • State constitutional amendments — including graduated tax and remap reform — face a deadline this week - News ... - Peoria Journal Star May 1, 2016
      State constitutional amendments — including graduated tax and remap reform — face a deadline this week - News ...Peoria Journal Starxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxx […]
    • Rauner turns to privatization push during second year in office - Chicago Tribune April 30, 2016
      Chicago TribuneRauner turns to privatization push during second year in officeChicago TribuneLast month, Lang tried to dig into the not-for-profit's operations, organizing an oversight committee to question state officials about the arrangement. Schultz said the company's role would be limited to identifying opportunities and incentives and ...and […]
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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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