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    • 6/5/15 Full Show Podcast (Lizzie Skurnick, James and Cristin, Lou Lang) - WGN Radio June 6, 2015
      WGN Radio6/5/15 Full Show Podcast (Lizzie Skurnick, James and Cristin, Lou Lang)WGN RadioPatti opens the show with Pretty Late pal James Vickery riding sidecar. Then, author Lizzie Skurnick chats about her new book and many personally invented words. Next, IL house leader Lou Lang discusses the budget questions hanging over Springfield.
    • 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 ...Illinois House defeats 1-month bu […]
    • The Sunday Spin Full Show 6/7/15: Kurt Erickson, State Representative Lou ... - WGN Radio June 7, 2015
      WGN RadioThe Sunday Spin Full Show 6/7/15: Kurt Erickson, State Representative Lou ...WGN RadioThis Sunday, we are spinning right back to the Allstate Showcase Studio after spending a week in Springfield. Guests for this week show include: Kurt Erickson, Springfield bureau chief for the Lee Enterprises newspapers, State Representative Lou Lang ...
    • Hello Columbus: Reader-submitted vacation photos - Columbus Dispatch July 5, 2015
      Columbus DispatchHello Columbus: Reader-submitted vacation photosColumbus DispatchAlaska Kacie Lang, left, and Lori Lang of Hilliard stand on Ruth Glacier at Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska. The travelers recommend taking a flight-seeing tour from Talkeetna to behold sights that can't be seen on the ground. Massachusetts ...
    • 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 […]
    • Essential Services Budget - Alton Daily News July 3, 2015
      Essential Services BudgetAlton Daily NewsHe just wants to talk about his Turnaround Agenda, which is really a Turn Back Illinois Agenda,” says State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie), “and we're here to fight for those people who need us.” (Copyright WBGZ Radio / www.AltonDailyNews.com ). Comments.and more »
    • 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 […]
    • Legislation to fight heroin on governor's desk - Bloomington Pantagraph June 30, 2015
      Bloomington PantagraphLegislation to fight heroin on governor's deskBloomington PantagraphSPRINGFIELD — Against the backdrop of the state's budget crisis, lawmakers have sent Gov. Bruce Rauner a proposal to fight the heroin epidemic that could cost as much as $30 million. But, the main sponsor of the legislation, state Rep. Lou Lang, D ...and more  […]
    • Illinois Senate's Temporary Spending Plan Fails In House - WNIJ and WNIU July 2, 2015
      WNIJ and WNIUIllinois Senate's Temporary Spending Plan Fails In HouseWNIJ and WNIUDemocrat Lou Lang says that will have consequences for those who rely on state funds. “People will die as a result of our failure to have a budget and that rests at the governor's feet,” Lang said. But Republican Leader Jim Durkin says the majority ...and more »
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Tax Relief Bill to Bring $150 Million to Illinois Households, Says Rep. Lang

(Skokie, IL) – The Illinois House of Representatives on Monday approved a $150 million tax relief bill targeting individual households.

The legislation, Senate Bill 400, which the House passed on a vote of 67-49, would increase Illinois’ Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income, working households from a maximum of $283 to $566, boosting worker take home pay $55 million in 2012 and $110 million in 2013.

According to Deputy House Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie), a married couple with three children earning $30,000 a year would pay $799 in Illinois income taxes under current law. The new tax relief bill would drop their tax bill to $625 this year and $600 next year.

“For many hard-working families, $200 is a significant amount of money to go back in their pocket,” said Lang. “In turn, they will likely spend that money at a local business, boosting the economy.”

More than 2.5 million people benefited from the tax credit in 2009.

In addition to raising the earned income tax credit, the legislation also raises the standard tax exemption for households from $2,000 to $2,050, indexing it for inflation.

“By raising the standard, individual tax exemption, we will be adding an additional $40 million to Illinois households,” said Lang.

House lawmakers also voted, 81-28, for legislation, Senate Bill 397, to provide tax relief to top Illinois employers, such as the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Sears, and nearly 30,000 small businesses.

“The business tax relief will keep more than 8,100 jobs in Illinois,” said Lang.

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