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Speaker Michael J. Madigan 300 State Capitol Building Springfield, IL 62706 Dear Speaker Madigan: As you know, I have worked on gaming legislation for most my career as a member of the General Assembly. It is an issue that is important to me, and I have become an expert on the topic. I am writing to inform you that I have decided to recuse myself from sponsorship of the legislation, Senate Bill 1739, effective immediately, and may consider abstaining from voting on certain gaming legislation in the future. It was recently brought to my attention that there may be a perceived conflict of interest between the law firm of which I am of counsel and my sponsorship of the gaming bill because a client of the firm has an interest that could be impacted by the passage of the proposed legislation. To be clear, the law firm’s work for the client has no relation whatsoever to any gaming legislation. Additionally, I do no legal work for this client, and I receive no compensation from their relationship with the firm. My actions as an attorney and/or a member of the General Assembly have been, at every moment, completely appropriate and totally respectful of all applicable laws and ethical rules. There have been no violations of any kind. Nevertheless, in the exercise of an abundance of caution, I feel it is best that I no longer participate in negotiations related to the legislation and, thus, would transfer sponsorship to Rep. Bob Rita. Sincerely, Lou Lang cc: Timothy Mapes, Clerk of the House Heather Wier Vaught, Democratic Ethics Officer