Rep. Lou Lang

16th District

District Office
4121 Main Street
Skokie, IL 60076
(847) 673-1131
(847) 982-0393 (fax)

Capitol Office
109 State House
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-1252
(217) 782-9903 (fax)


"I remain committed to America's 'Dinner Table Issues', issues that matter to everyday lives of families - controlling college tuition, reining in prescription drug prices, rising auto insurance rates, providing care to elderly parents."

-Lou Lang

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Since he was first elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1988, Lou Lang has established himself as one of the Legislature's most outspoken leaders.

Representing the 16th House District of Illinois, which includes Skokie, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove and portions of neighboring Chicago, Lang has fought for seniors, women, working families and education. He led the effort to fight senior abuse, increase "Meals-On-Wheels" funding, and provide prescription drug relief. He has been a staunch defender of reproductive choice and is currently fighting to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in Illinois.

Lang has stood by Illinois' working families, supporting increases in the minimum wage, working to expand family and medical leave, and opposing efforts to weaken worker compensation laws.

He has made education reform his legislative hallmark - working to solve school funding problems and sponsoring a campaign to provide full college scholarships to Illinois universitiy and community college students with a B average or better. Because of his leadership, Lou Lang has won the admiration and respect of his peers in the Legislature and his constituents at home. He is a rising star within the Democratic Party, advancing to House Democratic Floor Leader in 1993 and Assistant Majority Leader in 1997.

Lang is considered the expert in the Illinois General Assembly on the important issue of mental health, and he has passed significant legislation in this area.

Lou has received distinguished recognition from many organizations thoughout the years. He was named "Legislator of the Year" by the Illinois Hospital Association, the Illinois Council on Senior Citizens, the Service Employees Union and the Illinois Public Action Council. He received the "Food for Life" award from Open Hand Chicago for sponsoring a $1 million state grant for HIV/AIDS nutrition programs, the Public Service Award from the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, and the Legislator of the Year Award from the North Suburban Library Association.

A lifelong Illinois resident, Lou earned his B.A. in Political Science at the University of Illinois and his law degree DePaul University. Currently, he resides in Skokie with his wife Teri. They have five children.

Community Service
  • Manager of Little League Baseball for 6 years
  • Board Member and Officer - North Central Skokie Homeowners Association
  • Member - Decalogue Society of Lawyers
  • Member - Chicago Bar Association Member
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Temple Beth Israel
  • Mayer Kaplan Jewish Community Center, Board of Directors
  • Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, Executive Committee & Government Affairs Committee
  • Holocaust Memorial Foundation, Board of Directors
  • American Jewish Congress, Governing Council
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, Integrated Health Care Advisory Board, Board Member
  • Wilpower, Board of Directors
Awards and Honors
  • Lawmaker of the Year - National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
  • Legislator of the Year - North Suburban Library Association
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award - Niles North High School
  • Honorary Citizen of India - - Indian Community of Skokie
  • Friend of Nursing - Illinois Nurses Association
  • Legislator of the Year - Northwest Home for the Aged
  • Food for Life Award - Open Hand Chicago
  • Public Service Award - Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
  • Legislator of the Year - Illinois Hospital Association (Twice)
  • Legislator of the Year - Illinois Public Action Council
  • Legislator of the Year - Illinois Social Workers Association
  • Legislator of the Year - Chicago Teachers Union
  • Legislator of the Year - Illinois Council on Senior Citizens
  • Legislator of the Year - Suburban Area Agency on Aging
  • Legislator of the Year - National Association of Social Workers
  • Legislator of the Year - Independent Voters of Illinois
  • Ethel Parker Award - Independent Voters of Illinois
  • Kit Pfau Voters Rights Award - Independent Voters of Illinois
  • Best Legislative Voting Record Award - Independent Voters of Illinois
  • Legislator of the Year - Illinois Association of School Social Workers
  • Champion of Local Government - Suburban Mayors Action Coalition
  • Legislator of the Year - Service Employees Union
  • Friend of Agriculture - Illinois Farm Bureau
  • Statesman of the Year - International Union of Operating Engineers

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