SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The longtime promoter of expanding Illinois gambling has taken his name from a bill over "perceived conflict of interest" with his law firm.
In a statement released Tuesday, Democratic Rep. Lou Lang says there've been no violations, but not only is his name off the gambling bill, he may not vote when it comes to the House floor.
Lang is counsel for Odelson and Sterk, an Evergreen Park firm hired by Rockford. The city is one of five that would get a casino if lawmakers approve pending legislation. Rockford officials have said there's no connection.
Lang says his actions have been respectful of laws and ethical rules. He declined to comment Tuesday beyond the statement.
Democrat Rep. Robert Rita is now the gambling bill's sponsor.
A north county man is headed to jail after a jury convicted him of molesting a child.
Richard Williams was found guilty of five charges in all. Williams molested the child, who was under twelve when the abuse occurred, between 2010 and 2011.
Prosecutors say Williams was friends with one of the child's grandparents.
Controversial politician Todd Akin is in North County to speak at a Republican club's monthly meeting.
He will be speak at Yacovelli's Thursday night at 7:30. The event is open to members of the North St. Louis County Republican Club and they are accepting new members. Akin was a US Congressman for a decade before losing to Senator Claire McCaskill last year.
Akin entered the national spotlight after making claims about pregnancy and legitimate rape.
If you would like to join the North St Louis County Republican Club, dues are $15 per individual or $25 per family. Reach out to the club's treasurer, Edna Ditto at (314) 837-8968.
Future speakers and topics include:
June 27: Anne Gassel on Common Core Standards
July 25: Sherman Graves on gun control
August 22: Tom Schweich state auditor