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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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Citizen Action Illinois Rates Rep. Lou Lang “Excellent” on Illinois Legislative Score Card

State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie).

(Chicago, IL) – A leading Illinois grass-roots public interest advocacy group today announced that State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) won an “Excellent” cumulative rating on the organization’s Illinois Legislative Scorecard.

Citizen Action Illinois awarded Lang the ranking for his overall record in the Illinois General Assembly.

“Representative Lang has a proven record of voting for needed consumer reforms and protecting the working families of Illinois.” said William McNary, co-director, Citizen Action Illinois.

“That is why we proudly endorse his candidacy for state representative.”

“An ‘Excellent’ rating by Citizen Action/Illinois is highly-prized among area lawmakers,” said Lang. “I’m proud to have it.”

Citizen Action/Illinois is the state’s largest public interest organization. Building on over two decades of experience, the groups is a key player in the fight for social and economic justice at the state and national level.

The group’s ratings are based on the key votes for public interest issues in the General Assembly.

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.”

Illinois Medicaid, Pension Costs Will Push Illinois Bill Backlog to $35 Billion in 5 Years

(Springfield, IL) – A new report released Monday from the Civic Federation, a Chicago-based nonpartisan policy group that focuses on state spending, predicts Illinois’ Medicaid costs will skyrocket over the next five years.

Laurence Msall, federation president, said lawmakers and governors have spent Illinois into a deep hole by expanding Medicaid, which provides health-care coverage to low-income families.

“What is most frightening is that even after the income tax, the state was not able to pass a budget to fully fund Medicaid,” Msall said, referring to a 67 percent personal income tax increase and a 48 percent corporate income tax increase in January 2011.

But even with that additional revenue, Illinois lawmakers still had to pay more than $1 billion in 2011 Medicaid bills.

The Civic Federation report paints a grim picture for Medicaid spending:

  • Illinois is on pace to spend a total of nearly $14 billion on Medicaid this year
  • Illinois’ Medicaid costs are expected to increase 41 percent over the next five years.
  • Gov. Pat Quinn is budgeting only a 13 percent spending increase.

Illinois will see as many as 296,000 new people enroll in Medicaid once the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act takes effect in 2014.

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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.

Calling on Gov. Quinn to Negotiate Gaming Bill, Rep. Lou Lang Says State Should Not Guarantee Casino Owner Profits

(Springfield, IL) — It’s a sure bet that gaming expansion will come up during the Illinois legislature’s fall veto session, but who will win and who will bust is uncertain.

A plan to add five casinos throughout the state, expand the number of places where people can make bets at each casino, and allow video gambling at horse tracks eked out of the Legislature this spring but stalled in the face of opposition from Governor Pat Quinn.

Quinn has criticized the legislation repeatedly, calling it “top heavy.”

“The bill that they have proposed has many, many defects, and it needs to be improved substantially,” Quinn said earlier this week. “I’m going to speak about this later this month, and we’ll lay out some principles that I think ought to be used for the Legislature when it comes to gambling.”

Lawmakers will return Oct. 25 to the state Capitol for the start of the two-week veto session.

State Sen. President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, has put a temporary hold on the gaming legislation, preventing it from going to Quinn, who could reject part or all of the package.

From the end of the spring session until now, Quinn and legislators have met to discuss the gaming legislation, said state Rep. Lou Lang D-Skokie, who sponsored the gaming package in the House.

“We’ve had a lot of conversations, but there’s been no negotiation. The governor’s office is unwilling to negotiate and unwilling to tell us exactly what he wants in a bill,” Lang said.

Quinn said he is concerned about oversaturation, referring to the 10 current casinos in Illinois.

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WBEZ: Rep. Lou Lang Moving Forward with Illinois Gaming “Clean-Up” Legislation

(Chicago, IL) — With no detailed feedback still from Gov. Pat Quinn‘s office, Illinois House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie) is moving forward with a “clean=up bill” that will attempt to address some of the governor’s public criticism of Illinois gaming legislation that will soon land on Quinn’s desk.

WBEZ radio’s Kristen McQueary has the story:

“Despite delays and debunked predictions—and a never-ending wait for Gov. Pat Quinn’s decision on a gambling expansion bill—supporters of expanded gambling in Illinois say they expect to find common ground by Oct. 25, the first day of the fall veto session.

The bill, stalled for months due to policy differences, political infighting and Quinn’s reluctance to increase gambling venues, remains a top priority.

But the waiting game may be ending soon. Unless Quinn outlines his concerns “in short order,” legislative leaders will present him with their own version of a clean-up gaming bill, known as a trailer bill, that will tighten control over the proposed Chicago-owned casino, according to State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie), House sponsor of the bill.”

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