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      Ithaca JournalCornell grad Tretter working on return to Packer lineupIthaca JournalIn June of 1925, Wally Pipp was the first baseman of the New York Yankees, but a batting-practice beaning led the Bronx Bombers to turn to a young reserve named Lou Gehrig to fill in for the injured starter. The rest, of course, is Major League ...
    • Requiem for Superheroes - Bleeding Yankee Blue (blog) October 23, 2014
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    • In the region: Roanoke College stays unbeaten in ODAC - Roanoke Times October 22, 2014
      In the region: Roanoke College stays unbeaten in ODACRoanoke TimesLYNCHBURG — Roanoke, ranked No. 24 this week in the Division III men's soccer poll, scored in the first half and held on for a 1-0 win over Lynchburg on Tuesday night in an ODAC battle for first place. The Maroons (11-2-1, 8-0-1) remained unbeaten in ...and more »
    • Legality of Sweepstakes Machines Questioned in Report - CBS Local October 17, 2014
      CBS LocalLegality of Sweepstakes Machines Questioned in ReportCBS LocalLou Lang (D-Skokie), says it wasn't his intention to allow video gambling in Illinois “without the Gaming Board's oversight,” but says neither the Gaming Board nor the Crime Commission has reached out to express their concerns about the consequences of ...and more »
    • No vote on Illinois fracking rules until November - DeKalb Daily Chronicle October 15, 2014
      No vote on Illinois fracking rules until NovemberDeKalb Daily ChronicleLou Lang said he is opposed to fracking but voted for the law because he believed it was better to regulate it than to allow it to happen without oversight. In a sign of the building pressure, Lang lashed out at opponents of fracking who have accused ...and more »
    • Unregulated Video Gambling in Illinois - Alton Daily News October 18, 2014
      Alton Daily NewsUnregulated Video Gambling in IllinoisAlton Daily NewsLou Lang (D-Skokie), says it wasn't his intention to allow video gambling in Illinois “without the Gaming Board's oversight,” but says neither the Gaming Board nor the Crime Commission has reached out to express their concerns about the consequences of ...
    • At the movies - The Intelligencer October 23, 2014
      At the moviesThe Intelligencer“23 Blast,” with Alexa Vega, Dylan Baker, Stephen Lang and Timothy Busfield in a PG-13 drama about a high school football hero who is stricken with total blindness and must decide whether to return to the sports world despite his handicap. Baker made ...and more »
    • American Composers Orchestra to Open Carnegie Hall Season, 11/21 - Broadway World October 21, 2014
      American Composers Orchestra to Open Carnegie Hall Season, 11/21Broadway WorldUnder the leadership of Music Director George Manahan, American Composers Orchestra (ACO) returns to Carnegie Hall for the 11th season of its Orchestra Underground series, which explores the orchestra as an elastic ensemble that can respond to ...
    • Minutes of regular meeting of Bonham ISD Board of Trustees - North Texas e-News October 22, 2014
      Minutes of regular meeting of Bonham ISD Board of TrusteesNorth Texas e-NewsC. Director of Finance Report Presenter: Alicia Lang. • Public hearing for FIRST report on November 17th. • No changes in ... Mary Lou Fox presented the Board with a written report. H. I.W. Evans Principal Written Report. Susan Baker presented the ...
    • 60-year-old Korean War drama appears in original 3-D for first time on Blu-ray - New York Post October 16, 2014
      60-year-old Korean War drama appears in original 3-D for first time on Blu-rayNew York PostThe Fox Cinema Archives, another MOD program, has just released Walter Lang's “The Magnificent Dope'' (1942), a comedy starring Henry Fonda and Don Ameche, as well as the uber-obscure comedy thriller “One Wild Night'' (1938) starring June Lang, […]
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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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