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    • On Mike Madigan's watch... - Chicago Tribune August 3, 2017
      Chicago TribuneOn Mike Madigan's watch...Chicago TribuneIllinois House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie). (Posted by David Ormsby, Community Contributor). Eric Zorn. For my Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 column, I reached out to the leading Democratic gubernatorial candidates to ask for their responses to ...and more »
    • What Happened to Illinois's Medical Cannabis Advisory Board? - Chicagomag.com August 10, 2017
      Chicagomag.comWhat Happened to Illinois's Medical Cannabis Advisory Board?Chicagomag.comLast spring, three advocates for the state's medical marijuana program received a call from Democratic State Representative Lou Lang, the architect of Illinois's medical cannabis pilot program. Lang told the group, which included Leslie Mendoza Temple ...an […]
    • Special Session Day 3: Education funding bill sets up another tax increase, lawmaker warns - Illinois News Network July 29, 2017
      Illinois News NetworkSpecial Session Day 3: Education funding bill sets up another tax increase, lawmaker warnsIllinois News NetworkLou Lang, D-Chicago, said after the House adjourned for the weekend. "Some schools in the state will open for a few months without state money, some may open all year. Some won't open at all." Lang blamed Rauner f […]
    • Postcard to Boston: Wish you were here, legislators - Chicago Tribune August 7, 2017
      Chicago TribunePostcard to Boston: Wish you were here, legislatorsChicago TribuneEmanuel Chris Welch, D-Hillside, in a Twitter post with a photo of him and Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, inside the Boston Red Sox's famed stadium Sunday. Yet the public schools in Welch's and Lang's districts likely won't receive timely payments from the ...and m […]
    • Illinois Democrats rally at Chairman's Brunch at State Fair - WLS-TV August 17, 2017
      WLS-TVIllinois Democrats rally at Chairman's Brunch at State FairWLS-TV"This group of 1800 would tell you that we've had no organizers ever that have been as good to the Democratic Party as Bruce Rauner and Donald Trump," said Illinois Rep. Lou Lang (D) of Skokie. Part of that effort clearly will involve trying to ...and more »
    • Morning Spin: Rauner repeats erroneous tax assessment charge against Speaker Madigan - Chicago Tribune August 15, 2017
      Chicago TribuneMorning Spin: Rauner repeats erroneous tax assessment charge against Speaker MadiganChicago TribuneRep. Lou Lang, a Democrat from Skokie who serves as a top deputy on Madigan's leadership team, called the allegation “a huge stretch.” “The levy is the levy. This does not take away a single dollar from the school district,” Lang said. “It […]
    • New Do Your Job, Inc. digital ad: “Serious people are questioning whether Governor Rauner has lost it” - The Capitol Fax Blog (blog) August 1, 2017
      New Do Your Job, Inc. digital ad: “Serious people are questioning whether Governor Rauner has lost it”The Capitol Fax Blog (blog)As Senate Bill 1 heads to Governor Rauner's desk, Do Your Job, Inc. is asking him to get a grip, do his job and sign the bill. After decades of talks around reforming the state's education formula, Senate Bill 1 is the on […]
    • David Ormsby - Suburban Chicagoland August 18, 2017
      Suburban ChicagolandDavid OrmsbySuburban Chicagoland... Home Association, Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association, TASC, Inc., United HealthCare Illinois, Goldberg, Weisman & Cairo, LLC, DelGaldo Law Group, City of Chicago Heights, City of Berwyn, House Deputy Majority Lou Lang, State Rep.
    • Education Funding Reform Bill Sent To Governor Rauner - eNews Park Forest August 1, 2017
      eNews Park ForestEducation Funding Reform Bill Sent To Governor RaunereNews Park ForestSchool District 163 average property tax bill, education funding reform A breakdown of the average property tax bill for Park Forest residents of School District 163 shows that 55% of taxes collected go to school districts. (Park Forest 2017-2018 Budget).and more »
    • Representative Lou Lang on the Illinois budget impasse: “It's part of an orchestrated decision by the Rauner ... - WGN Radio June 15, 2017
      WGN RadioRepresentative Lou Lang on the Illinois budget impasse: “It's part of an orchestrated decision by the Rauner ...WGN RadioSome are embarrassed that the state of Illinois is being pulled from the lottery. And the Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that all construction in Illinois may stop if there is still no budget by the end o […]
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Lang Applauds Quinn Approval of Mental Health Parity, But Expresses “Concern” over Budget Cuts

State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie)

(Skokie, IL) — August 25, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn last week signed legislation that requires insurance companies to provide insurance parity for both mental health care and substance abuse treatment, drawing praise for the measure’s approval but concern over funding from the measure’s legislative sponsor.

“No one should be forced to forgo critical mental health care because of where they live or because their insurance charges more for the necessary treatment,” said Quinn.

The legislation, House Bill 1530, sponsored by State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) and State Senator Willie Delgado (D-Chicago), prevents insurers from imposing additional barriers within the policy – such as financial requirements, treatment limitations, lifetime limits or annual limits – to treatments for mental, emotional, nervous and substance abuse disorders if no such stipulations exist for other health conditions.

The new Illinois new law exceeds the requirements of the recently-enacted federal mental health parity law, according to Lang.

“Federal enforcement is a more remote, lighter touch, relying on telephone calls and mail,” said Lang. “By matching state law to the federal standards, the Illinois Insurance Department can enforce the federal standards more aggressively than the federal government could by virtue of state face-to-face enforcement activities.”

Despite the governor’s signature on this legislation, Lang, the former Chairman of the House Committee on Mental Health Reform, expressed concern that Quinn’s effort to deeply cut funding for both mental health and substance abuse treatment services in this year’s budget undermines the coherence of any state strategy to improve behavioral health care in Illinois.

“Of course, I appreciate the governor’s signature on the mental health parity bill,” said Lang. “But we can’t slash funding for behavioral health care and then turn around and pat ourselves on the back and claim we’re helping the mentally ill.”

In the FY 2012 budget, Quinn proposed cutting $33 million from mental health director services and $63 million from substance abuse treatment, eliminating services for nearly 75,000 individuals.

“We have to pursue coherent behavioral health care strategy both on the substance and on the money,” said Lang.

With a Renewed Recession Threatening, Rep. Lou Lang Calls on Gov. Pat Quinn to Sign Gaming Bill, Stressing 90,000 Jobs at Stake

(Chicago, IL) — August 19, 2011. A day after Governor Pat Quinn renewed criticism of Illinois gaming expansion legislation approved by the Illinois General Assembly during the spring legislative session, House Deputy Majority Lou Lang (D-Skokie), the chief sponsor of the measure, released a new video calling on Quinn to sign the bill, highlighting the $1.6 billion available for unpaid bills and the 90,000 jobs at stake.

“I urge the governor to sign this bill,” said Lang. “This bill will generate $1.6 billion for unpaid bills, bills in which governor has no other way to pay, and it creates or saves 90,000 jobs. When the economy risks falling back into recession, Illinois can not afford thumb its nose at 90,000 jobs.”

Jody Weis, Aaron Jaffe Illinois Gaming Worries Largely Imaginary, Analysis Shows

(Chicago, IL) — After an onslaught of hysterics and unfounded attacks by an assortment of critics, including former Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis and Illinois Gaming Board Chairman Aaron Jaffe–a Blagojevich appointee holdover–of the Illinois gaming legislation that will soon land on Governor Pat Quinn‘s desk, the Chicago News Cooperative and its statehouse reporter, Kristen McQueary, analyzed the bill found that provisions written in legislation’s provisions largely refute critics’ claims.

Former Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis joined the chorus of opposition to the state’s gambling expansion bill last week, warning that if it is implemented, “political corruption and crime syndicate infiltration will follow.”

Yet the concerns of Weis and other critics are largely addressed in the actual text of the legislation, a Chicago News Cooperative analysis of claims about the 400-page bill found.

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