Lou Lang

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Lou Lang
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Illinois House of Representatives District 16
Incumbent
In office
1987-Present
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 27
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Deputy Majority Leader, Illinois State House
2011 - Present
Compensation
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1986
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Illinois, Urbana
J.D.DePaul University, 1974
Personal
BirthdayNovember 26, 1949
Place of birthChicago, IL
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Lou Lang (b. November 26, 1949) is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing District 16. He was first elected to the chamber in 1986. He currently serves as Deputy Majority Leader

Biography

Lang earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana and his J.D. from DePaul University in 1974. His professional experience includes working as an Attorney with Goldberg, Weisman and Cairo, Limited, Chief Counsel for the Cook County Emergency Telephone Service Board, Counsel with Baker and Miller, Litigation Partner with Feingold, Lang and Levy, and an Attorney for Niles Township Government.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Lang served on the following committees:

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Insurance
Rules
Legislative Ethics Commission

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Lang served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Lang served on the following committees:

Issues

Gambling legislation

Lang sponsored legislation to open five new casinos in Illinois in 2011. He and fellow lawmakers may try to make it easier for the state's 10 existing riverboats to expand in order to see the new casinos open.

State Rep Lang said that he is re-tooling the latest gambling expansion package to give a sweetener to the nine casinos now open and the one being built in Des Plaines.

"There are going to be provisions in the [new legislation] that will recognize that current gaming operators will have some problems as a result of the smoking ban, as a result of the down economy, and as a result of the increased competition they are going to get under this [plan.]," Lang said. "We're going to provide some credits to them that they are not getting today. We're going to provide some opportunity for expansion. We're going to try and make their way a little better."[2]

Elections

2014

See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Illinois House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place March 18, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013. Incumbent Lou Lang (D) ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and is unchallenged in the general election. Vincent Romano (R) was removed from the ballot on January 7, 2014.[3][4][5]

2012

See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Lang won re-election in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 16. Lang ran unopposed in the March 20 Democratic primary and defeated Vincent William Romano (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 16, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLou Lang Incumbent 68.1% 22,281
     Republican William Vincent Romano 31.9% 10,431
Total Votes 32,712

2010

See also:Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2010

Lang won re-election to the 16th District Seat in 2010 with no opposition. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on February 2nd. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[9]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 16 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Lou Lang (D) 17,987 100.0%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Democrat Lou Lang won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives District 16. He ran unopposed receiving 25,316 votes.[10]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 16 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Lou Lang (D) 25,316

2006

On November 7, 2006, Democrat Lou Lang won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives District 16 receiving 19,130 votes.[11]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 16 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Lou Lang (D) 19,130

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lang is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Lang raised a total of $5,486,950 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 18, 2013.[12]

Lou Lang's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State House, District 16 Won $873,923
2010 Illinois State House, District 16 Won $422,112
2008 Illinois State House, District 16 Won $611,593
2006 Illinois State House, District 16 Won $567,682
2004 Illinois State House, District 16 Won $779,676
2002 Illinois State House, District 16 Won $1,370,879
2000 Illinois State House, District 16 Won $563,771
1998 Illinois State House, District 16 Won $136,709
1996 Illinois State House, District 16 Won $160,605
Grand Total Raised $5,486,950

2012

Lang won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Lang raised a total of $873,923.
Illinois House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Lou Lang's campaign in 2012
Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois$40,000
Service Employees Illinois State Council$30,750
Cottonwood Financial Ltd$20,000
Illinois Coin Machine Operators Association$14,600
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association$10,500
Total Raised in 2012$873,923
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Lang won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Lang raised a total of $422,112.

2008

Lang won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Lang raised a total of $611,593.

2006

Lang won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Lang raised a total of $567,682.

2004

Lang won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Lang raised a total of $779,676.

2002

Lang won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Lang raised a total of $1,370,879.

2000

Lang won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Lang raised a total of $563,771.

1998

Lang won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Lang raised a total of $136,709.

1996

Lang won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1996. During that election cycle, Lang raised a total of $160,605.

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 29 through June 2.[13]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that "impacted the social work profession and their clients."

2013

In 2013, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 9 through May 31.[14]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative issues.

Illinois Opportunity Project

See also: Illinois Opportunity Project's Legislative Vote Card

The Illinois Opportunity Project, "an independent research and public policy enterprise that promotes legislative solutions in advance of free markets and free minds," annually releases its Legislative Vote Card, grading all members in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on the basis of their support of "pro-growth economic policies that increase personal freedom and reign in expansive government."[15][16]

2012

Lang received a score of 50.00 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of D- according to the IOP’s grading scale. His score was tied for the 55th highest among all 120 members of the Illinois House of Representatives included in the Vote Card.[16]

Personal

Lang and his wife, Teri, have five children. He is involved with the American Jewish Council, B'nai B'rith Sports Lodge, Chicago Bar Association, Congregation Ezras Israel, Congregation Kol Emeth, Decalogue Society, Human Relations Commission, Illinois State Bar Association, Jewish United Fund, Mayer Kaplan Jewish Community Center Board of Directors, North Suburban Bar Association, and the Zionist Organization of Chicago.[1]

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Preceded by
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Illinois House of Representatives District 16
1987–present
Succeeded by
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