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    • Lou Lang leaves Democratic leadership position amid harassment allegations - WGN-TV May 31, 2018
      WGN-TVLou Lang leaves Democratic leadership position amid harassment allegationsWGN-TVSPRINGFIELD, Ill. — State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) on Thursday resigned his post as deputy majority leader of the Illinois House amid allegations of harassment and retaliation. Maryann Loncar, an activist who pushed for medical marijuana legislation ...Lou Lang Steps Down f […]
    • Inspector general will decide latest Springfield allegation - Chicago Sun-Times June 4, 2018
      Chicago Sun-TimesInspector general will decide latest Springfield allegationChicago Sun-TimesPointing out the holes in Maryann Loncar's allegations against Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, is like shooting fish in a barrel. But it doesn't necessarily mean that absolutely everything she said was untrue. Loncar, a longtime medical marijuana activist ...and m […]
    • Deputy Majority Leader of the IL House Lou Lang: “I don't expect the Governor to sign the budget” - WGN Radio May 27, 2018
      WGN RadioDeputy Majority Leader of the IL House Lou Lang: “I don't expect the Governor to sign the budget”WGN RadioRick Pearson speaks with Deputy Majority Leader of the IL House, Democratic State Rep. Lou Lang. Lou touches on the lack of Governor Bruce Rauner's involvement with creating the state budget; the continuous progress among legislatures […]
    • State Rep Lou Lang accused of harassment - WLS May 31, 2018
      WLSState Rep Lou Lang accused of harassmentWLS(CHICAGO) Powerful State Representative Lou Lang of Skokie, who shepherded the Equal Rights Amendment thru the Illinois House Wednesday night, is now the latest Springfield politician to be accused of harassment. Activist Maryann Loncar is accusing ...
    • Ex-inspector to review Illinois House amid harassment claims - The Southern June 18, 2018
      The SouthernEx-inspector to review Illinois House amid harassment claimsThe SouthernLou Lang stepped down as deputy majority leader and House Clerk Timothy Mapes resigned. The 53-year-old Hickey's contract with the House pays $500 per hour. Hickey was inspector general over the governor's office for two and a half years before joining ...and more » […]
    • Counting the holes in allegations against Rep. Lou Lang - Benton Evening News June 7, 2018
      Counting the holes in allegations against Rep. Lou LangBenton Evening NewsPointing out the holes in Maryann Loncar's allegations against Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) is like shooting fish in a barrel. But it doesn't necessarily mean that absolutely everything she said is untrue. Loncar, a longtime medical marijuana activist ...
    • Speaker seeks officer to combat sexual harassment - Fresno Bee June 13, 2018
      Speaker seeks officer to combat sexual harassmentFresno Bee... inappropriate remarks to women and a dismissive attitude toward complaints of sexual harassment. Mapes resigned less than a week after Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie resigned as deputy majority leader after a complaint of sexual harassment and ...and more »
    • Illinois lawmaker quits leadership job amid harassment claim - Washington Times June 1, 2018
      Washington TimesIllinois lawmaker quits leadership job amid harassment claimWashington TimesSPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The No. 3 Democrat in the Illinois House stepped down from his leadership post Thursday less than an hour after a legislative activist accused him of verbal abuse and sexual harassment. Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang of Skokie ...House Deputy Majo […]
    • Ousted Madigan aide strikes out at accuser | State Politics | ilnews.org - Illinois News Network June 18, 2018
      Illinois News NetworkOusted Madigan aide strikes out at accuser | State Politics | ilnews.orgIllinois News NetworkA former aide to House Speaker Michael Madigan shot back at the woman who accused him of sexual harassment earlier this year while downplaying her ...and more »
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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.

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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.”

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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