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    • Illinois lawmakers pass controversial abortion bill - WSIL TV April 25, 2017
      WSIL TVIllinois lawmakers pass controversial abortion billWSIL TVDemocratic Representative Lou Lang spoke out as well, saying, "We have a responsibility to protect all citizens of the state of Illinois. Not just the insured. Not just the rich, but all people of the state of Illinois. Women, in case you didn't know ...Hundreds Gather at the Statehou […]
    • Representative Lou Lang: I would consider services being taxed to clean up this mess we're in - WGN Radio March 14, 2017
      WGN RadioRepresentative Lou Lang: I would consider services being taxed to clean up this mess we're inWGN RadioIllinois Representative Lou Lang gives John his own opinion of the proposed service tax, and explains why $25 million is called upon in a new bill to protect religious community centers. Audio Player.The Yorick Project - Hackster.ioHackster.ioM […]
    • In suburbs, heroin and opioid epidemic moving 'faster than we can deal with it' - Suburban Life Publications April 21, 2017
      Suburban Life PublicationsIn suburbs, heroin and opioid epidemic moving 'faster than we can deal with it'Suburban Life PublicationsLou Lang, D-Skokie, sponsor of the landmark Heroin Crisis Act, said the legislation that became law in 2015 was only the “beginning of a long road.” Few were talking about fentanyl in the early stages of the legislation […]
    • Bill Pushes School Transparency - WLS April 8, 2017
      WLSBill Pushes School TransparencyWLS“Over the years, the legislature has approved school district debt limit exemptions that have not been backed by voters through referenda or have not disclosed critical financial information about bond debt issuances,” said State. Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie).
    • Follow that Bill - LaSalle News Tribune April 8, 2017
      Follow that BillLaSalle News TribuneS. 641 and H.R. 1569 — The American Innovation Act would provide for an annual funding increase of 5 percent at five key federal research agencies. S. 641 filed March 15, 2017, by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). H.R. 1569 filed March 16, 2017, by U.S ...
    • New performing arts center at Richards moves forward - Reporter Online April 20, 2017
      New performing arts center at Richards moves forwardReporter OnlineLou Lang (D-16th), would require three-point seat belts on school buses in Illinois. The bill passed the House Transportation Vehicles and Safety Committee and now moves to the full House of Representatives. “Hopefully it will get moving along, maybe ...
    • The Pulse of Springfield: Representatives Feigenholtz and Kifowit and Leader Lou Lang on Michael Madigan - WGN Radio January 12, 2017
      WGN RadioThe Pulse of Springfield: Representatives Feigenholtz and Kifowit and Leader Lou Lang on Michael MadiganWGN RadioPatti talked to Illinois State Representative Sara Feigenholtz about her nomination of Mike Madigan for his 17th term as Speaker of the House. Then, State Representative Stephanie Kifowit joined the conversation to reflect on the remarks […]
    • Illinois at center of revived Equal Rights Amendment fight - Chicago Sun-Times April 3, 2017
      Chicago Sun-TimesIllinois at center of revived Equal Rights Amendment fightChicago Sun-TimesLou Lang, a Democrat from Skokie, to set a date to move the proposal forward. In 2014, the measure passed the Illinois Senate by 39 votes to 11, but was not put to a vote in the House, where there was not sufficient support. Even if the ERA does not ...
    • SALMAGUNDI: Governments evaluating drug laws - in both directions - MyWebTimes.com April 10, 2017
      MyWebTimes.comSALMAGUNDI: Governments evaluating drug laws - in both directionsMyWebTimes.comDrug laws might be changing in Illinois and nationwide, but perhaps in opposite directions.and more »
    • On state tour, Rauner reiterates his agenda as Democrats line up to unseat him - Chicago Tribune April 15, 2017
      Chicago TribuneOn state tour, Rauner reiterates his agenda as Democrats line up to unseat himChicago TribuneLou Lang countered that the "southern twang (Rauner) uses doesn't travel very far anymore. I think people are seeing through that." Lang, a top deputy to Rauner nemesis House Speaker Michael Madigan, suggested Rauner felt pressure becaus […]
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Video: Lou Lang Says Illlinois House Human Services Budget Protects Vulnerable Illinois Residents

(Springfield, IL) — May 16, 2011. State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Chicago) has welcomed the new Illinois human services budget approved by the Illinois House of Representatives last week.

Lang, a House Deputy Majority Leader, said the $1.2 billion cut to human services program both provides necessary state austerity while securing vital services for vulnerable Illinois citizens.

State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago), the Chair of the House Human Services Appropriations Committee, who drew praise from Lang, speaks about the human service budget cuts.

The House and Senate must reconcile competing Illinois budget versions before sending to Governor Pat Quinn‘s desk.

Chicago Tribune, State Journal-Register, Rockford Register Star Endorse Lou Lang’s Illinois Medical Marijuana Bill

(Chicago, IL) — May 5, 2011. In the past few days, Illinois’ leading newspapers have endorsed Illinois House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang‘s bill to legalize medical marijuana in Illinois.

Lang, a Democrat from suburban Skokie, has also won support for the measure from House GOP Leader Tom Cross (R-Owego), giving the legislation an important boost in the lower chamber.

The bill likely faces a vote today, according to Lang.

Here are the editorials:

Chicago Tribune

Therapeutic pot

The Illinois legislature is close to legalizing medical marijuana. Before you scream in protest, or launch into a Cheech and Chong joke, give this some consideration. Illinois could pass a model law for the rest of the country.

The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis act, sponsored by Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie), could pass the House this week, thanks in large part to a change in position by House Republican leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego). The timing may finally be right.

The Senate approved a medical marijuana bill in 2009, but the House narrowly rejected it last January. A revised bill has gained the support of Cross, a former Kendall County prosecutor. He says he’s comfortable with the strict guidelines written into this version.

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Rockford Register Star

Our View: Legislators should vote yes on improved medical pot bill

Illinois lawmakers have crafted a medical marijuana bill that is precise, restrictive and should alleviate concerns of those who worry the drug will fall into the wrong hands.

House Bill 30, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, may succeed where other legislation has failed.

Members of the Illinois House are expected to vote on the bill this week. We have supported previous incarnations of this legislation and think this one is the best yet. We hope representatives agree and vote yes.

HB 30 restricts who, how much and where patients can get medical marijuana. It would only be available for people who have debilitating diseases such as HIV/AIDS, cancer and multiple sclerosis and they must have a doctor’s prescription. Prescriptions would need to be renewed every two weeks, and the amount of the drug would be limited to 2.5 ounces.

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State Journal-Register

Our Opinion: OK revised medical marijuana legislation

Supporters of medical marijuana in Illinois got a big boost recently when House Minority Leader Tom Cross came over to their side.

Cross, R-Oswego, was among the 60 representatives on Jan. 6 who helped defeat the last medical marijuana bill, which fell just four votes shy of passage. He says he’ll support a new version of that bill.

We urge Cross’ House colleagues to do the same.

Why the change for Cross? For one thing, the new bill is more restrictive than its predecessor. But Cross also listened to people like Diane Harper of Shorewood, whose husband, Jeff, suffers from lymphoma and found relief from chronic nausea only from smoking marijuana. Jeff’s weight had fallen from 170 pounds to 111 when he began using marijuana to quell nausea. Now he’s up to 149.

“Do you know how sickening it is to tell your kids something they’re not supposed to do is necessary to keep their dad alive?

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Illinois Legislative Maps Are Not Yet Drawn, Lou Lang Says

(Skokie, IL) — April 24, 2011. Illinois House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie) today attempted to squelch claims that maps have already been drawn in the Illinois redistricting process, saying such claims are “untrue.”

Noting that the Illinois House is conducting 15 state-wide redistricting hearings–11 more than required by law–Lang said, “There are some people in our communities who are claiming the maps have already been drawn. That is untrue.”

Lang said lawmakers are seeking map input from local communities and soliciting actual maps from citizens and interest groups.

“At my last hearing in Aurora, a witness claim that he had drawn the ‘perfect map’,” said Lang. “I asked him for the map, which he had colored in by pencil, but refused to submit the because he said ‘it still needs work'”.

The legislature is expected to approve the 118 state house, 59 state senate and the 18 congressional maps by May 31.

As a result of the U.S. census, Illinois is losing one of its 19 existing congressional seats under the new map.

Illinois House Advances Rep. Lou Lang’s Mental Health Parity Enforcement Plan

(Springfield, IL) – A legislative plan to put state enforcement power behind a new federal mental health parity law is advancing in the Illinois General Assembly.

The legislation, House Bill 1530, which the Illinois House approved, 79-32, on April 6, upgrades Illinois’ existing mental health insurance parity law to match federal requirements approved in July 2010 and to give the Illinois Department Insurance the power to enforce the federal standards.

“Federal enforcement is a more remote, lighter touch, relying on telephone calls and mail,” said House Deputy Majority Lou Lang (D-Skokie).

“By matching state law to the federal standards, the Illinois Insurance Department can enforce the federal standards more aggressively than the federal government could by virtue of state face-to-face enforcement activities.”

Lang noted that neither the federal nor state law mandate mental health insurance as defined benefit, but require mental health coverage if other health benefits are offered.

“The federal law does not require coverage for mental and emotional disorders, but does require parity if such coverage is offered for hospital or medical treatment,” said Lang.

In addition to bringing Illinois’s mental health law into compliance with federal standards, Lang’s bill also adds substance abuse treatment and autism care to the list of parity required health insurance benefits.

“Addiction health care and autism health care are vital parts of the broader field of behavioral health care,” said Lang. “And their inclusion as part of a insurance parity framework is critical.”

These provisions are applicable to any plan of a small employer (with 2-50 employees), according to Lang.

“Again, the law does not require coverage for mental, substance abuse or autism,” said Lang. “It only requires parity if other health care treatments are offered.”

Illinois Department of Insurance Director Michael McRaith has noted before an earlier House committee hearing that the independent U.S. Congressional Budget Office found that parity would only cause health insurance premiums to rise by 0.4 percent.

Moreover, research shows that patients that have completed substance use disorder treatment have been shown to reduce emergency room visits by 39%, hospital stays by 35% and total medical costs by 26%.

“House approval of this legislation is an important step toward bringing health insurance parity to addiction health care,” said Lang. “However, the Senate is another key legislative hurdle in the process.”

In addition to Lang, other House sponsors include State Reps: Robyn Gabel (D), William Davis (D), Naomi Jakobsson (D), Fred Crespo (D), Dave Winters (R), Al Riley (R), Sara Feigenholtz (D) Mary Flowers (D) Joe Lyons (D), Maria Antonia Berrios (D), Jack Franks (D), Keith Farnham (D), Linda Chapa LaVia (D), Camille Lilly (D), Cynthia Soto (D), Ann Williams (D), Elizabeth Hernandez (D), John D’Amico (D), Daniel Biss (D), Pat Verschoore (D), and Harry Osterman (D).

Rep. Lou Lang Backs Bi-Partisan Push to Cut Lawmaker Salaries 10%, Eliminate Raises

(Springfield, IL) — March 31, 2011. Illinois House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie) is backing a bi-partisan effort by freshmen and veteran House lawmakers to permanently cut legislative salaries by 10% and abolish future cost-of-living raises.

Lang is sponsoring legislation, House Bill 2891, which was approved, 14-2, by the House State Government Administration Committee on March 2, 2011.

“In the current economic crisis, tens of thousands of Illinois workers have had their salaries frozen, cut or hours reduced  and have been forced to cut their household expenses while continuing to pay their taxes,” said Lang. “Lawmakers should lessen taxpayers’ burden by also cutting government expenses and share the same burden as regular workers by cutting our own salaries.”

“We should all be in this together.”

The bill’s chief sponsor is freshman lawmaker State Rep. Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg),

In addition to Lang and Mussman and House sponsors include State Reps.: Keith Farnham (D), Karen May (D), Richard Morthland (R), Dwight Kay (R), Adam Brown (R), Wayne Rosenthal (R), Fred Crespo (D), Jack Franks (D), Daniel Biss (D), Emily McAsey (D), Kenneth Dunkin (D), Michael Unes (R), Norine Hammond (R), Darlene Senger (R), Jason Barickman (R), Pam Roth (R), Thomas Morrison (R), Jil Tracy (R), Sandra Pihos (R) and Sara Feigenholtz (D)

The bill faces the full House for consideration.

The Southern Editorial Board Backs Lou Lang’s Bill to Add Slots at Illinois Horse-Race Tracks

(Skokie, IL) — The Southern newspaper editorial board yesterday ran an editorial endorsing House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang‘s legislation to add slot machines at Illinois horse-race tracks to boost the industry’s declining fortunes due to out of state track competitors which have slots.

Our View: Slot machines should be allowed at horse racing venues in Chicagoland to keep gambling revenue in Illinois and to revive a threatened horse racing industry.

Gambling generates significant revenue for the state of Illinois and host communities, but there are legitimate questions about the resulting financial and social costs of legal wagering – bankruptcies, foreclosures, broken families and ruined careers for problem gamblers.

Is it worth the cost? That’s a debatable point and, for that reason, this newspaper generally hasn’t championed plans for expanded gambling in Illinois. But there is a piece of legislation pending in Springfield that would both expand gambling opportunities, though not to a great extent, and is worth supporting.

House Bill 3107 would allow horse race tracks in the Chicago area to have slot machines. A similar bill failed last year, but the same sponsor, state Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, is trying again. Lang believes the plan would create up to 1,500 jobs and rake in up to $400 million for the state.

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Video: Who is Bill Brady?

(Chicago, IL) — October 13, 2010. After 17 years in the Illinois General Assembly and now the GOP nominee for governor, Illinois voters are asking: Who is State Senator Bill Brady (R-Bloomington)?

State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) helps to provide a few answers.