Longtime lawmaker Lou Lang resigns House seat

Representative Lou Lang (D) 16th District – Photo Illinois.gov

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — 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 has 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 more.
Nancy Kimme is president of Advantage Government Strategies. She was chief of staff to the late Republican Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.