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    • Bass, winter flounder bite picking up - Asbury Park Press April 21, 2015
      Asbury Park PressBass, winter flounder bite picking upAsbury Park PressDan Lang, Point Pleasant weighed in a 2-pound, 4-ounce flattie. Dennis Palmatier at Murphy's Hook House in Toms ... Lou Spataro weighed in a 21/2-pound winter flounder he caught on blood worms in Mantoloking. Finally, a slight correction. At Thursday's ...
    • Real estate transactions: April 20, 2015 - Bradenton Herald April 20, 2015
      Real estate transactions: April 20, 2015Bradenton Herald$504,000 Sparks Mary Lou to Lubitski Craig J, Lubitski Dianne E, Riverdale Revised, O.R. Book 02563 Page 7128, April 9. $490,000 Yates William J, Yates Joan G, Henderson Edith L, Yates Edith L, Yates Helen V to Kanzler James A, ... $423,000 Rankin John ...
    • Heroin forum focuses on next steps in fight against drug's use - Chicago Tribune April 11, 2015
      Chicago TribuneHeroin forum focuses on next steps in fight against drug's useChicago TribuneLou Lang, D-Skokie, was on hand Friday to offer what's next in the fight against heroin. Lang is sponsoring the state's Heroin Crisis Act, which would expand drug court programs, create the nation's first drug take-back program for pharmacies, requ […]
    • Will Illinois legalize weed? - RedEye Chicago April 20, 2015
      RedEye ChicagoWill Illinois legalize weed?RedEye ChicagoLou Lang, D-Skokie, an outspoken advocate of Illinois' medical marijuana law. It's too soon for that kind of thing, he said. "My concern is mostly on the bureaucracy of it all," Lang told RedEye. "The issue here is what can the state handle? What can ...
    • Westmoreland Symphony's Denim and Diamonds Gala puts the fun in fundraiser - Tribune-Review April 20, 2015
      Westmoreland Symphony's Denim and Diamonds Gala puts the fun in fundraiserTribune-Review... Jeanne Adams, Candace Cassidy and Richard Morford, Stu and Chris Horner, Mike and Jody Keating, Noah andMegan Henson, Jerry and Von DeRiso, Brent and Emily Balizet, Linda Blum, Janie Belden andRicky Lang, Glenn andJill Briercheck, Mary Lou ...
    • Whose Piloting the Cannabis Ship Since Morgan Parachuted Out? - ChicagoNow (blog) April 18, 2015
      ChicagoNow (blog)Whose Piloting the Cannabis Ship Since Morgan Parachuted Out?ChicagoNow (blog)Bob Morgan, the current head of the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot project is stepping down. Things that make me go hmmm??? Mr. Morgan stated that it had been a pleasure to serve. I can't help but wonder if he is considering any possibility of the ...
    • Lawmaker Pushes Medical Pot Program Extension Despite Rauner's Opposition - WICS-TV April 14, 2015
      WICS-TVLawmaker Pushes Medical Pot Program Extension Despite Rauner's OppositionWICS-TVThe push to extend the state's medical marijuana pilot program is continuing despite the Governor's opposition. Governor Bruce Rauner says he currently does not support extending the four-year program. But democratic Representative Lou Lang is backing ...Rau […]
    • Illinois medical marijuana czar leaving post - Chicago Sun-Times April 16, 2015
      Chicago Sun-TimesIllinois medical marijuana czar leaving postChicago Sun-TimesAnd while Rauner's administration was swift in getting the permits out to begin the growing and then selling of medical marijuana, Lang noted, “Gov. Rauner has signaled that he's not a huge fan of this program.” “Hopefully he will appoint someone who ...and more »
    • Rauner opposes extending medical pot program - Chicago Sun-Times April 12, 2015
      Chicago Sun-TimesRauner opposes extending medical pot programChicago Sun-TimesLou Lang, the Skokie Democrat who championed the medical marijuana law and is now working to keep the temporary and delayed program in place for more time, said he was asked by officials in Rauner's administration to hold off on filing a bill seeking ...
    • Illinois governor resists extending medical marijuana program for now - Rockford Register Star April 14, 2015
      Illinois governor resists extending medical marijuana program for nowRockford Register StarLou Lang, a Skokie Democrat who sponsored the original medical marijuana legislation. Lang's bill would extend the program four years from when the first dispensary begins officially operating. The pilot program is scheduled for automatic repeal on Jan.
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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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