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      CBS LocalBruce Rauner Comes Out Against Medical MarijuanaCBS LocalState Representative Lou Lang (D-Skokie) called Rauner's comments, “heartless” and “appalling.” “That means he would have vetoed the opportunity for some of the sickest people in our state to get a product they need to improve their quality of life ...Rauner: Medical marijuana licenses sh […]
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    • Candidate for Illinois Governor Wants to Sell Medical Marijuana Program to ... - The Daily Chronic September 20, 2014
      mySanAntonio.comCandidate for Illinois Governor Wants to Sell Medical Marijuana Program to ...The Daily ChronicLou Lang, who sponsored the current law, called Rauner's remarks “insulting” to the state's seriously ill patients who will benefit from medical marijuana. “The whole notion that Mr. Rauner would veto the bill, the notion that it would go […]
    • Matching people to jobs - Herald Times Reporter September 21, 2014
      Matching people to jobsHerald Times ReporterLang believes there are several key reasons why ABR employees enjoy their assignments at the manufacturer. "We immerse them in our culture ... when we have celebration achievements they are part of them ... when there are rewards, they receive them, ...
    • Advocates Tear Apart GOP Candidate's Anti-Marijuana Comments - Huffington Post September 17, 2014
      The RepublicAdvocates Tear Apart GOP Candidate's Anti-Marijuana CommentsHuffington PostLou Lang (D-Skokie) told NBC Chicago that withholding names ensures the state will "choose applicants that have no regard for who you are, who you know, how much money you have, what campaign donations you made and what relationships you may ...Rauner needs to tu […]
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    • Medical marijuana law sponsor defends secret bids - fox2now.com September 14, 2014
      KSDKMedical marijuana law sponsor defends secret bidsfox2now.comLou Lang, D-Skokie, said Friday that the law's confidentiality clause also prevents companies from getting information about competitors that could give them an advantage, The Southern reported. “The idea was to keep this not secret in the sense of ...Medical marijuana law sponsor defends s […]
    • Solons to LWV: Don't hold your breath - Evanston Now August 25, 2014
      Solons to LWV: Don't hold your breathEvanston NowMembers of the Evanston and Skokie delegation in the Illinois General Assembly told the local League of Women Voters Monday that one of their principal legislative initiatives was going nowhere this year. The issue is a graduated rate income tax that ...
    • Report: Cost to renovate Eastern would pass $45 million - Lansing State Journal September 18, 2014
      Report: Cost to renovate Eastern would pass $45 millionLansing State JournalLou Hekhuis of East Lansing, chairman of the alumni group, said helping Eastern's students boost achievement and getting the school off the state's persistently low-achieving list are top priorities. "I think it's a little early to talk about whether ...
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Gov. Quinn’s Budget Must Be Cut More, But Cuts Must Not Gut Essential Illinois Human Services

(Skokie, IL) – February 20, 2011. The new Illinois budget proposed last week by Governor Pat Quinn—which included $1.7 billion in new spending—has drawn criticism from a top House Democratic lawmaker who wants deeper budget cuts, but cuts that are evenly distributed without undermining essential human services.

“The citizens of Illinois clearly expressed their demands in November that the state needs to tighten its belt and cut spending,” said House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie). “This year’s budget should include no spending increases. None.”

On Wednesday, Quinn delivered a brief budget address to the Illinois General Assembly in which the governor, who won a 66% income tax increase from legislators at the beginning of January, claimed that he was holding the line on spending.

“The first part of this plan is budget restraint – finding new ways to reduce unnecessary state spending,” said Quinn to lawmakers. “Since taking office, I have reduced our spending every year.”

Quinn’s budget plan for fiscal year 2012, excluding federal assistance, however, increases state spending from $24.313 billion last year to $25.931 billion this year, while eliminating or drastically reducing funding for key human service programs, such as meals-on-wheels for seniors, mental health, substance abuse prevention and treatment, child care and other human service programs.

“The governor needs to face reality that we can not increase spending; instead, we must cut the budget further,” said Lang. “But we must cut with a scalpel, not with a meat ax.”

  • “We can not eliminate funding for senior meals, mental health care, substance abuse treatment and child care with one hand and hand out employee raises with the other,” said Lang. “We can achieve austerity without throwing the old, the infirm and children into a wood chipper.”

In his proposed fiscal plan, Quinn aims to cut or eliminate the following human service programs:

  • Child Care Services–$333.3 million.
  • Alcohol and Drug Prevention Treatment Services–$55.2 million—program eliminated.
  • Mental Health Grants–$33.4 million—program virtually eliminated.
  • Aid to Aged, Blind, or Disabled–$14.9 million.
  • Funeral & Burial Expense Assistance–$3.5 million—program eliminated.
  • Mental Health Psychotropic Medications–$2.6 million—program eliminated.
  • Domestic Violence Shelters–$2.08 million—program eliminated.
  • Home Delivered Meals to Seniors–$400,000
  • Crisis Nurseries–$318,700—program eliminated.

“We do need to cut more out of the budget to achieve fiscal health, but these type of human service cuts are unacceptable while proposing spending increases elsewhere,” said Lang.

“I will work with the governor and with both Democratic and Republican lawmakers to produce a fiscally responsible budget while simultaneously protecting essential state human services.”

The Illinois House returns to Springfield on Tuesday, February 22.


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