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Longtime Lawmaker Lou Lang Resigns House Seat

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A former Democratic leader in the Illinois House has resigned his seat.

 

Lou Lang announced Monday that he's ending his 32-year legislative career. The 69-year-old from Skokie joined the lobbying firm Advantage Government Strategies.

Lang resigned as deputy majority leader last May when a legislative activist accused him of sexual harassment. But legislative Inspector General Julie Porter announced in September that there was insufficient proof that Lang harassed or intimidated Maryann Loncar. Porter noted at the time that Loncar did not cooperate with the investigation.

Lang sponsored legislation to create Illinois' medical marijuana program. He was also a leader on legalized gambling, capital construction, and passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in Illinois.

Nancy Kimme is president of Advantage Government Strategies. She was chief of staff to the late Republican Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.