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    • Eyewitness News Investigation: Portrait of a Con - MyStateline.com February 27, 2015
      MyStateline.comEyewitness News Investigation: Portrait of a ConMyStateline.comPeople like Illinois House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie), who authored a resolution praising the organization and Spizzirri in 2003. He declined repeated requests for comment. State Representative Elgie Sims, Jr. (D) lobbied for Save a ...
    • The Register's Editorial: Iowa should fix its cannabis oil problem, not Illinois - DesMoinesRegister.com February 26, 2015
      DesMoinesRegister.comThe Register's Editorial: Iowa should fix its cannabis oil problem, not IllinoisDesMoinesRegister.comThe problem is that out-of-state buyers are not allowed under the Illinois law — and that's not likely to change, according to the legislation's primary sponsor, Rep. Lou Lang, a Democrat from Skokie. "Not plausible at […]
    • Rita sees new hope for casino expansion - Chicago Tribune February 27, 2015
      Rita sees new hope for casino expansionChicago TribuneLou Lang, D-Skokie, who had sponsored that 2012 bill and had spent years trying to increase the number of casinos in the state, withdrew from the fight, citing a "perceived conflict of interest." Madigan surprised many Springfield observers by handing ...and more »
    • FSPAs to memorialize their 'shooting star,' Sister Thea Bowman - La Crosse Tribune February 28, 2015
      La Crosse TribuneFSPAs to memorialize their 'shooting star,' Sister Thea BowmanLa Crosse Tribune... De Sales Brother Mickey McGrath, a renowned artist, writer and speaker; Mary Lou Jennings, executive director of the Sister Thea Bowman Black Catholic Educational Foundation, and Sister Marla Lang, FSPA, classmate who professed vows with Bowman.
    • Lawmaker Wants To Extend Pot Program - Alton Daily News February 27, 2015
      Lawmaker Wants To Extend Pot ProgramAlton Daily NewsState Rep. Lou Lang is introducing legislation to move back the program's end date to four years from the date when the first dispensaries are registered with the state. Without an extension, Lang fears legalized medical cannabis may become too expensive.and more »
    • Lawmakers propose to slow heroin use with new bills - Chicago Daily Herald February 26, 2015
      Chicago Daily HeraldLawmakers propose to slow heroin use with new billsChicago Daily HeraldLou Lang, a Skokie Democrat, and Yingling agree that Illinois needs to start addressing the heroin issue and implementing new policies. "We have an increasing problem with heroin, and every day we don't act, it's a day we're not saving lives," […]
    • State has real concerns about Real ID - The Southern February 25, 2015
      State has real concerns about Real IDThe SouthernLou Lang, D-Skokie, is not a fan of Real ID as it exists. He said the federal government has failed to listen to state concerns. “I don't want to be a part of any kind of action that restricts people from our state from moving around the country as ...and more »
    • Iowa Gov. Branstad's cannabis oil idea faces roadblocks - SaukValley.com February 23, 2015
      Iowa Gov. Branstad's cannabis oil idea faces roadblocksSaukValley.comLou Lang, a Democrat from Skokie. “The governor of Iowa is talking nonsense.” Branstad's spokesman, Jimmy Centers, didn't respond to Lang's comment but said Branstad wants to meet with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to talk about the idea while both men ...and more »
    • 500 attend Pravin Varughese memorial; congressman taking affidavit to D.C. - Chicago Tribune February 17, 2015
      Chicago Tribune500 attend Pravin Varughese memorial; congressman taking affidavit to D.C.Chicago TribuneState Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie tells 500 people at a memorial service that the Varughese family has more guts and determination than any he has seen. State Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie tells 500 people at a memorial service that the Varughese family has more ... […]
    • Club Calendar - The Providence Journal February 25, 2015
      Club CalendarThe Providence JournalFEB. 25. •SOLD OUT• Tab Benoit, blues, Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan St., Fall River. (508) 324-1926, narrowscenter.org. Bluegrass tHrOEDOWN, Nick-A-Nees, 75 South St., Providence. 861-7290. 8:30-11:30 pm. No cover. Mike Coletta, acoustic ...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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