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    • Illinois House approves new college grant program - Peoria Journal Star May 30, 2017
      New York MagazineIllinois House approves new college grant programPeoria Journal StarLou Lang, D-Skokie, said the bill is intended to encourage students to attend college in Illinois. During the state's budget stalemate, enrollment at many state universities has dropped as students opt to attend college elsewhere. Once they leave the ...Illinois House p […]
    • Lots of action, but no state budget debate - Herald & Review May 30, 2017
      Kansas City StarLots of action, but no state budget debateHerald & ReviewDemocrats continued their yearslong criticism of legislative Republicans and the governor. Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat, suggested the General Assembly could approve a balanced budget if Rauner would "finally decide to enter the ...Illinois House full of a […]
    • House Democrats propose college grant program - The State Journal-Register May 23, 2017
      eNews Park ForestHouse Democrats propose college grant programThe State Journal-RegisterIllinois House Democrats have proposed a plan to subsidize higher-education costs for college students who choose to stay in Illinois. Democratic Reps. Lou Lang of Skokie and Will Guzzardi and Christian Mitchell of Chicago announced their plan Tuesday.It's just a bil […]
    • Champaign-Urbana Community Gather To Remember Local Fallen Heroes - FOX Illinois May 30, 2017
      FOX IllinoisChampaign-Urbana Community Gather To Remember Local Fallen HeroesFOX IllinoisRobert Pritchard, R-Hinckley, said. “It costs us millions of dollars a year to our state economy and it costs our universities millions of dollars a year that we allow these students to flee the state and of course many never return,” Rep. Lou Lang, D ...and more »
    • Political theater on House floor; Dems meet to discuss budget ... - Chicago Sun-Times May 26, 2017
      Chicago Sun-TimesPolitical theater on House floor; Dems meet to discuss budget ...Chicago Sun-TimesSPRINGFIELD — There was more political theater on the Illinois House floor on Thursday — and some behind-the-scenes action — as House Democrats met ...Lawmakers Adjourn as Budget Agreement Remains ElusiveChicago Tonight | WTTWall 128 news articles »
    • Boxed in by father, Lisa Madigan seeks fifth term as Illinois attorney ... - Chicago Tribune May 15, 2017
      Chicago TribuneBoxed in by father, Lisa Madigan seeks fifth term as Illinois attorney ...Chicago TribuneLisa Madigan will seek a fifth term as attorney general next year. She's boxed in by her father, House Speaker Michael Madigan.and more »
    • Constable: Mom worried about deportation backs out of helping nephew - Chicago Daily Herald May 28, 2017
      Chicago Daily HeraldConstable: Mom worried about deportation backs out of helping nephewChicago Daily HeraldEmanuel Chris Welch of Westchester, Sam Yingling of Round Lake Beach, Linda Chapa LaVia of Aurora, Stephanie A. Kifowit of Aurora, Anna Moeller of Elgin, Lou Lang of Skokie, all Democrats. "It's been good to see that our state leaders recogni […]
    • The Latest: Cullerton says OK'd budget had GOP input - Chicago Daily Herald May 23, 2017
      Kansas City StarThe Latest: Cullerton says OK'd budget had GOP inputChicago Daily HeraldLou Lang of Skokie and Will Guzzardi and Christian Mitchell of Chicago announced their plan Tuesday. It would provide full-time Illinois students attending a public university or community college with a yearly grant capped at $4,000. Students who ...Madigan back in […]
    • The Latest: House Democrats propose college grant program - Herald & Review May 23, 2017
      The Latest: House Democrats propose college grant programHerald & ReviewLou Lang of Skokie and Will Guzzardi and Christian Mitchell of Chicago announced their plan Tuesday. It would provide full-time Illinois students attending a public university or community college with a yearly grant capped at $4,000. Students who ...
    • Budget blame game continues in Springfield - Rockford Register Star May 16, 2017
      Rockford Register StarBudget blame game continues in SpringfieldRockford Register StarLou Lang, D-Skokie. “So far, he has turned a deaf ear to those requests.” At a separate appearance Tuesday in Springfield, Rauner said he doubted the sincerity of the Democrats. He again accused Madigan of trying to scuttle negotiations going on in the ...House Dems say the […]
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Rep. Lou Lang Backs Quinn Choice of Bob Flider as Illinois Agriculture Director

(Skokie, IL) ­– Governor Pat Quinn today named former State Representative Bob Flider (D-Decatur) as Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, drawing praise from a top Illinois House lawmaker.

“Throughout his career, Bob Flider was a tireless, effective leader for rural farming communities and global agri-business leaders,” said Quinn. “He served his district with distinction, and I am pleased he will continue to serve all the people of our state.”

From 2003 to 2011, Flider served in the Illinois House of Representatives, sitting on the House Agriculture & Conservation Committee, the Energy & Environment Committee and the Ethanol Production Oversight Committee.

Quinn’s appointment of Flider won the backing of Illinois House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie).

“Bob is both a friend and a respected voice on Illinois agriculture issues,” said Lang. “Governor Quinn’s choice of Bob as Illinois Agriculture Director is an excellent decision.”

In addition to Lang, the head of the Illinois Farm Bureau also praised Flider as the next Illinois agriculture chief.

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Lang Says Quinn Tax Proposals Need More Detail

House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie) and Gov. Pat Quinn.

(Skokie, IL) – Gov. Pat Quinn advocated last week in his State of the State speech for both an end to the Illinois natural gas tax and the creation of a new tax credit for parents with children, drawing cautious support from Illinois House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie).

“We have to analyze each of the items the governor is talking about and determine how we will pay for the initiatives and what is the potential return on the state’s investment,” Lang said. “And where there is a net gain for the state treasury, we should do it.”

The Quinn administration said the initiatives would cost approximately $294 million. Ending the gas tax would cost the state treasury $164 million and creating the child tax credit would cost $130 million. Quinn also proposed a veteran employment tax credit that would cost $5 million to $10 million.

Quinn’s office said the child tax credit could save $100 a year for the average family of four.

The governor touched lightly on the state’s top financial challenges around growing pension and Medicaid costs, but outlined no policy prescriptions.

“In many ways, the speech was incomplete,” said Lang. “There were some critical budget issues on which he could have talked, but did not. He talked about Medicaid reform and pension reform, but posed no solutions.”

Lang hopes Quinn will provide detailed proposals during his budget address to the lawmakers on February 22.

“The legislature will need concrete, detailed and realistic budget proposals from the governor on February 22,” Lang added. “It will be a day of budget reckoning.”