Illinois Rep. Lou Lang leaves House for lobbying 2 days before being sworn in for new term

State Rep. Lou Lang, a longtime Skokie Democrat and former top deputy to House Speaker Michael Madigan, announced his resignation from the Illinois House on Monday, two days before he was scheduled to be sworn in for another term.

Lang will join a lobbying firm headed by the late Republican Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka’s former chief of staff Nancy Kimme. He started his tenure in Springfield in 1987 and became known for his advocacy for expanded gambling and for ushering in Illinois’ medical marijuana law.

Last year, Lang left his leadership post after a former medical marijuana advocate accused him of retaliation, verbal abuse and “inappropriate behavior.” Months later, the legislative inspector general wrote that “evidence does not support” the complaints, after the woman who made the accusations didn’t participate in the resulting investigation.

Lang won re-election in November. Asked on Monday if last year’s experience led to his resignation, he said: “Not at all.”

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January 7, 2019 at 12:36PM

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