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    • What does Michael Madigan do next? - Crain's Chicago Business November 25, 2014
      What does Michael Madigan do next?Crain's Chicago BusinessLou Lang, D-Skokie, a member of the speaker's leadership team. “He will be prepared and have his caucus prepared for any eventualities. What that means for the future, who knows?” Rauner, if he governs from the center as he says he will, could reach a ...and more »
    • Hundreds attend Ida Crown Jewish Academy groundbreaking ceremony - Jewish United Fund November 7, 2014
      Jewish United FundHundreds attend Ida Crown Jewish Academy groundbreaking ceremonyJewish United FundGathering for the historic occasion on Sunday's sunny, crisp day were dignitaries, including: Skokie's Mayor George Van Dusen-who offered welcoming words to the ICJA community, State Representative Lou Lang and Michael Lorge, Corporate Council for .. […]
    • Blogtable: Hot start, staying hot - NBA.com (blog) November 26, 2014
      Blogtable: Hot start, staying hotNBA.com (blog)Their make up, from head coach Dwane Casey to catalysts Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan all the way down to crucial role players like Lou Williams, James Johnson, Amir Johnson and Greivis Vasquez, gives them the sort of sound foundation that lends itself ...and more »
    • Pot biz lights up - Illinois Times November 20, 2014
      Pot biz lights upIllinois TimesThis article is the product of the first collaboration between Illinois Times and the Better Government Association. The BGA is an independent, nonpartisan and nonprofit government watchdog that specializes in investigative reporting with media ...and more »
    • PRCC scholarship donors, recipients meet - WDAM-TV November 24, 2014
      PRCC scholarship donors, recipients meetWDAM-TVBall Family Scholarship - Olivia Lang of Carriere.Raymunda and Sharita Barnes Scholarship - Aleah Barnes of ... Betty Lou Courtney Memorial Scholarship - Terry Magee of Mt. Olive.L.A. Hurst Endowed Scholarship - Bryant Hensleigh of Purvis.Jacobs ...
    • State lawmakers approve fracking rules - Chicago Daily Herald November 6, 2014
      The Elkhart TruthState lawmakers approve fracking rulesChicago Daily HeraldState Rep. Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat, speaks Thursday after a meeting of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules in Chicago. Associated Press. Illinois lawmakers signed off Thursday on long-awaited rules regulating high-volume oil and gas ...Illinois lawmakers approve fracking r […]
    • Profile in Cowardice: Senator Don Harmon Fracks Illinois - Huffington Post November 13, 2014
      Profile in Cowardice: Senator Don Harmon Fracks IllinoisHuffington PostHonorable mention goes to State Representative Lou Lang who responded with indignant OUTRAGE last month when denying that backroom negotiations were happening with industry to weaken the rules. Clearly, the accusation were true. Now we know ...and more »
    • Allen guest speaker at Cultural Book Club - Monroe News Star November 20, 2014
      Monroe News StarAllen guest speaker at Cultural Book ClubMonroe News StarThe Cultural Book Club met Nov. 3 at the home of Pat Valentine. Sally Arledge introduced guest speaker Teddy Allen of the Louisiana Tech Marketing Department where he is writer and editor. Allen is a columnist for The News-Star and Shreveport Times.
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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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