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Lou Lang Urges Pat Quinn to Sign Election of Governor-Lt. Governor on Same Ticket Bill

(Springfield, IL) — April 29, 2010. The Illinois Senate yesterday approved 56-0 legislation to require candidates for governor and lieutenant governor to run as a team during a primary election.

The measure, House Bill 5820, comes on the heels of the 2010 primary which witnessed the election of the disgraced Scott Lee Cohen in the Democratic primary and the inexperienced 27-year old Jason Plummer in the Republican primary.

The bill’s chief sponsor, House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie) said, “This bill should once and for all end the election of odd-ball, dubious candidates by the established parties because the gubernatorial candidates will need to screen the background of their running mates.”

In addition to Lang, House sponsors included State Representatives: Art Turner (D), Paul Froehlich (D), Cynthia Soto (D), Karen Yarbrough (D),  Daniel Beiser (D) and  Barbara Flynn Currie (D).

Turner was a candidate for Lt. Governor and took second place behind Cohen.

The legislation now heads to Governor Pat Quinn.

“I strongly encourage the Governor to sign this bill,” said Lang.

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House Begins Blagojevich Impeachment Process, Lou Lang Appointed a Chief Questioner

(Springfield, IL) — There are 12 House Democrats and 9 Republicans on the impeachment committee to  investigate allegations of misfeasance, nonfeasance, and other misconduct against Governor Rod  Blagojevich.

House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) has House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago) as Committee Chair. Currie said that the panel’s investigation will include allegations contained in the complaint filed by federal investigators as well as other issues.

Assistant House Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie) has been appointed one of the chief questioners.

Here are the other committee members:

Rep. Edward Acevedo (D-Chicago)
Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago)
Rep. Mary Flowers (D-Chicago)
Rep. Jack Franks (D-Woodstock)
Rep. John Fritchey (D-Chicago)
Rep. Julie Hamos (D-Evanston)
Rep. Gary Hannig (D- Litchfield)
Rep. Connie Howard (D-Chicago)
Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie)
Rep. Frank Mautino (D- Spring Valley)
Rep. Arthur Turner (D-Chicago)
Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs)
Rep. Suzie Bassi (R-Palatine)
Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale)
Rep. Bill Black (R-Danville)
Rep. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro)
Rep. Roger Eddy (R-Hutsonville)
Rep. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet)
Rep. Jim Sacia (R-Pecatonica)
Rep. Jil Tracy (R-Mt.Sterling)