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      Glendale News PressA holiday recording wrap-upGlendale News PressNew England songwriter/guitarist Rick Lang earns special notice this year for his “That's What I love About Christmas” (RLM). ... Though not a singer of great distinction, Lang is joined by a sizable cast, including the versatile vocalist Annie Sellick ...and more »
    • Caption contest! - The Capitol Fax Blog (blog) November 26, 2014
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    • Season of Sharing donor list for Dec. 19 - SFGate December 18, 2014
      Season of Sharing donor list for Dec. 19SFGate... $100, in memory of Boyd Swartz; Nancy Chow & Robert Spooner, $50; James & Marie Chuck, $120, in memory of Lou K. & Alice Lee; Audrey Cooper; Mike DeLuca; Shirley Dere, $300, in memory of Gilbert & Dorothy Dere; Lawrence & Barbara DiCostanzo ...
    • Of vice and men - Clinton Herald December 16, 2014
      Of vice and menClinton HeraldLou Lang, a Skokie Democrat. Lang is referring to just one of a number of business owners who looked at the law and decided to take advantage of its provisions, including an equestrian center, an apartment complex and a string of quasi-restaurants.
    • Green Day, Joan Jett will have to carry the Hall of Fame ceremony - Pittsburgh Post Gazette December 17, 2014
      Pittsburgh Post GazetteGreen Day, Joan Jett will have to carry the Hall of Fame ceremonyPittsburgh Post GazetteThe 2015 inductees, announced early Tuesday morning in a press release, include Bill Withers and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, along with Lou Reed, who died last year, and two bands missing their namesakes: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, an […]
    • 'Dragon Age' tops AP critics' best games of 2014 - Arizona Daily Star December 15, 2014
      Arizona Daily Star'Dragon Age' tops AP critics' best games of 2014Arizona Daily StarThe top 10 video games of 2014, according to AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang: 1. "Dragon Age: Inquisition" (BioWare, for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC): Despite its grander-than-grand scale, "Inquisition" is a . […]
    • My View: Women deserve constitutional equality - Rockford Register Star December 14, 2014
      My View: Women deserve constitutional equalityRockford Register StarIllinois Representative Lou Lang, the majority leader, has been the main sponsor of the ERA in the Illinois House. Last May, the Illinois State Senate approved ratification of the ERA by a 39-11 vote; however, it has been languishing in the House since ...
    • 2-time felon pleads guilty again to fraud in federal court - Chicago Tribune December 10, 2014
      Chicago Tribune2-time felon pleads guilty again to fraud in federal courtChicago TribuneLou Lang, according to public records and court documents. At the time Zaransky was committing his latest bank fraud, the federal government was garnishing 25 percent of his wages at CAR to help pay down more than $4.8 million in restitution he still ...and more »
    • Have yourself a very teary Christmas - SouthFlorida.com December 16, 2014
      SouthFlorida.comHave yourself a very teary ChristmasSouthFlorida.comArts Garage Radio Theatre is a trip back in time created by live actors and a multitude of sound effects, manned here by Lou Tyrrell, artistic director of the Theatre at Arts Garage, right, and production manager Mark Kirschenbaum. (Arts Garage ...
    • Ridesharing, voting bills sail through Legislature - Chicago Sun-Times December 3, 2014
      Chicago Sun-TimesRidesharing, voting bills sail through LegislatureChicago Sun-TimesSPRINGFIELD — Two thorny legislative issues — creating safety standards for ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft and expanding voting opportunities statewide — got resolved Wednesday, with lawmakers approving bills to address both.Illinois House approves same-day voter […]
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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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