“I was proud to have him by my side when I was eleted President. Above all, Lane was an American hero, a dear friend, and a beloved public servant of the people of Illinois.” — President Barack Obama

“Lane’s tireless advocacy on behalf of America’s veterans was just one of the many highlights of a long and distinguished career in the House of Representatives. Veterans, as well as millions of Americans, from across this country have benefited immensely from his efforts. He will be sorely missed.” — Senator Bernie Sanders

“It was my good luck to know and learn from Lane, who had the guts, smarts, and integrity to take on the bigshots, bastards, and BSers – and win! His career (and this book) show how an unabashed progressive can thrive for 24 years in a congressional swing district by being true to his core values and those of his diverse constituency. GUTS is also a touching narrative about Lane’s final years fighting Parkinson’s, revealing how even a former member of Congress can be battered by America’s corporate healthcare system.” — Progressive activist & broadcaster Jim Hightower

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Book Release Open House: Saturday Oct 5, 2pm-6pm, Tim’s Corner Tap, 14th ave, Rock Island, IL. Book Signing: Saturday, Oct 12, 11am-1pm, The Book Rack, Davenport, IA. One-Year-Til-the-Election Discussion Panel: November 7, doors 5:30, event 6-7pm. RI Public Library...

Statement by Bernie Sanders

Statement by Bernie Sanders

"Lane, a colleague of mine during our time in the House of Representatives, was a champion for veterans. Whether it was shining a light on issues of veteran homelessness or advancing legislation to ensure veterans or family members suffering from the impacts of...

Lane’s Lessons on Constituent Services

Lane's Lessons for Current and Future Legislators - Constituent Services: "One of my top priorities is to listen to people's concerns and to go to work for them. Whether it’s a complaint about a late GI Bill check, a student loan eligibility problem, or getting...

Lane on Healthcare

1993: "Millions of Americans face losing everything they own if a family member is hit by a long-term or catastrophic illness. It’s not only an issue for millions of Americans who work but have no health insurance, it’s also a problem faced by workers who are covered...

Guts and All

Guts and All

This book was a ten year struggle. Financially, emotionally and mentally. And one that I hope ends up portraying Lane Evans as he truly was. I’ve worked hard to not include any political opinions, and merely document my research, interviews, and experiences. But this...

Letter: Lane Evans once again shows he cares about constituents

Jan. 31, 2004 Lane Evans has done it again. He has gone beyond the call of duty to serve the public he works so hard to please. He was able to help me by helping my beloved brother. My brother served two tours in Vietnam, and was even wounded. He, like many other...

My Job: To Work for the people…

"Government doesn’t work very hard when it comes to solving the problems of ordinary citizens. All too often, it turns a deaf ear when people have complaints. One of my top priorities is to listen to people's concerns and to go to work for them. Whether it’s a...

Tech Geek in Politics

Lane was a geek for technology and knew how to use it to his advantage. Along with his cable-access call-in show, he was also capitalizing on advancements in satellite television transmission that allowed local news stations to transmit Live broadcasts and cover...

True Populist

True Populist

One of Lane’s first priorities upon entering Congress was to push his Populist philosophy, so in 1983 he founded the House Populist Caucus along with thirteen other Democrats, including notables such as Tom Dashcle, Berkley Bedell, Al Gore, Frank McCloskey, Bill...

Montgomery GI Bill

“In 1987 I introduced a bill, HR 1657 to make the GI bill permanent…the original bill was threatened when President Reagan sought to eliminate it in his fiscal year 1987 budget…I felt compelled to fight for the bill because it was working…It took some negotiations and...