Lou Lang

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Lou Lang

b. November 26, 1949

Illinois, State Representative (1987-)
Illinois House, Deputy Majority Leader (2009-)
Niles Township Democratic Committeeman (2006-)

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Originally from the North Side of Chicago, Lou Lang moved to Skokie and set up his legal practice soon after graduating law school. There he was a steady campaign presence in the Niles Township Democrats until the local powerhouse and Lang's mentor, State Rep. Alan Greiman, retired his seat mid-term in 1987 to become a Cook County judge. Greiman nominated Lang to take his seat and the Niles Democrats elected him to complete Greiman's term. Lang has held the seat every since, and in 2006 became the Niles Township Democratic Committeeman.

It is probably no coincidence that Lang's mentor, Greiman, is one of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's closest personal friends, and that Lang has become the House Deputy Majority Leader. While Lang is certainly capable, in a state where personal relationships matter in government, Lang had a pretty good recommendation from the very start.

As a legislator, Lang has been best known for his support of expanding gambling across the state as well as decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana. Being in the vanguard of these two major industries has helped to make Lang one of the Statehouse's best fundraisers.

Lang briefly flirted with running for Governor in 2002, but after running an exploratory committee declined to run after then-Congressman Rod Blagojevich got in the race.

Lang was on the T.V. quiz show Jeopardy in 1986. He won two rounds.


  • University of Illinois, B.A., Political Science,
  • 1974, DePaul University, J.D.

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