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    • Full Show 5/15/15 (Felipe Esparza, IL House Leader Lou Lang, Aly Jados) - WGN Radio May 18, 2015
      WGN RadioFull Show 5/15/15 (Felipe Esparza, IL House Leader Lou Lang, Aly Jados)WGN RadioPatti kicks off the show by riding sidecar with Elliott Serrano and Esmeralda Leon. Then, comedian Felipe Esparza swings by to talk about his upcoming shows and more. Later, IL house leader Lou Lang talks to Patti about her recent trips downstate and ...
    • Right-to-work goes down in flames in Illinois House with zero yes votes - Chicago Sun-Times May 14, 2015
      Chicago Sun-TimesRight-to-work goes down in flames in Illinois House with zero yes votesChicago Sun-TimesLou Lang, D-Skokie, accused Republicans of selling out, saying that Rauner moved money into state lawmakers' funds in advance of Thursday's vote: “$400,000 this week. What were those checks for?” Lang needled Republicans who were expected to vot […]
    • State lawmaker's plan to curb heroin abuse moves forward - Chicago Daily Herald May 21, 2015
      State lawmaker's plan to curb heroin abuse moves forwardChicago Daily HeraldThe sponsor of the most far-reaching anti-heroin legislation in Springfield this year sparred with a state agency official over the cost of the proposal Wednesday. State Rep. Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat, says he's come up with a compromise that garners ...
    • County College of Morris 2015 graduation (PHOTOS) - NJ.com May 22, 2015
      NJ.comCounty College of Morris 2015 graduation (PHOTOS)NJ.comRANDOLPH – Hundreds of students from the County College of Morris celebrated their graduation Friday morning. Approximately 400 students attended the college's 46th commencement ceremony at the Randolph campus. The graduates included students ...and more »
    • Senate approves extension of medical marijuana trial program - The State Journal-Register May 21, 2015
      Chicago TribuneSenate approves extension of medical marijuana trial programThe State Journal-RegisterLou Lang, the architect of the medical marijuana program, sponsored the bill in the House, where it passed by an 81-28 vote. Lang has said an extension is necessary so patients are not subject to higher prices. Rauner, a Republican, has routinely said ...Mari […]
    • Heroin Bill Moves Forward In House Chamber - WICS-TV May 20, 2015
      WICS-TVHeroin Bill Moves Forward In House ChamberWICS-TV"The state agencies have had a chance to look at this bill, or at least a cousin of the current bill, for many, many months," said Representative Lou Lang. "And to come forth today, in the third week of May, to talk to me about their objections to the ...and more »
    • Rauner: 'Expect A Very Long Extra Session' For Budget - WNIJ and WNIU May 21, 2015
      WNIJ and WNIURauner: 'Expect A Very Long Extra Session' For BudgetWNIJ and WNIULou Lang have noted there's not enough support for Rauner's pro-business, anti-union agenda, saying earlier this week that Rauner's "list of 10 or 15 things are just not going to happen." Lang compared Rauner's treatment of the General Assem […]
    • 2015 Dutchess Community College graduates - Poughkeepsie Journal May 21, 2015
      2015 Dutchess Community College graduatesPoughkeepsie Journal... Meredith K. Kuhnle, Courtney M. Kurkela, Tina M. LaBelle, Ali Lajqi, Wilfrido A. Landaira, James V . Landro, Lawrence Lang, Russell J. Lanzotti, Barbara J. Lara, Cutler Larocque, Crystal A. LaSorsa, Luke B. Latimer, Daniel P. Laverde, Calvin C ...
    • Illinois marijuana industry pins hopes on skeptical governor - Belleville News-Democrat May 19, 2015
      Illinois marijuana industry pins hopes on skeptical governorBelleville News-DemocratLou Lang, a Skokie Democrat who sponsored the original medical marijuana legislation and the extension bill. “I'd be a lot less nervous if I had four years to work this out, than if I had two.” But Rauner, a Republican venture capitalist, has indicated ...and more » […]
    • Leadership, Traffic Changes Afoot At O'Hare; Runway Bill Moves Ahead - Journal & Topics Newspapers Online May 19, 2015
      Journal & Topics Newspapers OnlineLeadership, Traffic Changes Afoot At O'Hare; Runway Bill Moves AheadJournal & Topics Newspapers OnlineLou Lang (D-16) and Rep. Rob Martwick (D-19th) are among those working for the bill in the house. Because of the amendments, SB 636 was returned to the senate, where Mulroe will take over shepherding it through […]
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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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