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    • Live Music: Saturday, Aug. 23 - The Providence Journal August 20, 2014
      The Providence JournalLive Music: Saturday, Aug. 23The Providence JournalJonny Lang, blues and rock, Mohegan Sun, Wolf Den, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville, Conn. (888) 226-7711, mohegansun.com. 8 pm ... Mary Lou Neville, jazz and pop, Elizabeth of Portofino, 897 Post Rd., Warwick. 461-8920. 6:30-9:30 pm. Newport Celtic ...
    • ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Hits Asia - Chinatopix August 21, 2014
      ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Hits AsiaChinatopixNow, Asian artists are taking on the challenge to spread awareness on Lou Gehrig's disease. ... The superstar was said to have donated US$1million to the LAS Association and nominated Jay Chou, renowned pianist Lang Lang anf sports star So Wa Wai.and more »
    • Ice and Cigar Bucket Challenge; Language and I Have a Go at It - The SandPaper August 20, 2014
      The SandPaperIce and Cigar Bucket Challenge; Language and I Have a Go at ItThe SandPaperSimply put – and there is no other way to put it – one is challenged to not donate $100 to the ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) Association by being doused with a bucket/facsimile of ice and water. What an ... It tends to lower your dignity & usage of the ...
    • Storm Large to Play McCullough Theatre, 9/20 - Broadway World August 20, 2014
      Storm Large to Play McCullough Theatre, 9/20Broadway WorldSinger, actor, author, and playwright Storm Large is a unique talent whose charms and remarkable voice are quickly creating a buzz within the performing arts world. As the singer in the band Pink Martini, a finalist in the reality show Rock Star ...
    • On the Fringe . . . - Delco News Network August 19, 2014
      On the Fringe . . .Delco News NetworkBassist Gyan Riley and drummer Matt Kilmer join her for the performance, which also includes the Philadelphia premieres of Glenn Kotche's “Three Parts Wisdom” and David T. Little's “Hellhound”, both written for Maya, and David Lang's take on Lou Reed's ...
    • LWV legislative luncheon - Evanston Now August 18, 2014
      LWV legislative luncheonEvanston NowSpeakers are scheduled to include state Sen. Daniel Biss and state Reps. Robyn Gabel, Laura Fine, Lou Lang and Kelly Cassidy. The event will be held at the Crystal Ballroom, 1611 Chicago Ave. All league members and interested residents are invited.
    • Martin O'Malley Makes New Friends, Keeps Old Ties In New Hampshire - BuzzFeed August 19, 2014
      Martin O'Malley Makes New Friends, Keeps Old Ties In New HampshireBuzzFeedLou D'Allesandro, a longtime state senator, referred to “the Hillary situation.” Other candidates enjoy “pockets of support” in New Hampshire, he said, but Clinton's fanbase would be “hard to crack at this point in time” for anyone. David Lang, the ...and more » […]
    • 90 years on, push for ERA ratification continues - SaukValley.com August 11, 2014
      90 years on, push for ERA ratification continuesSaukValley.comThe Illinois resolution's chief sponsor in the Democrat-controlled House, Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang – who said he was close to securing the 71 votes needed for approval – is motivated in part by Illinois' role in the ERA drama of the 1970s. Back ...and more »
    • Quinn Administration Memo Reveals Lawmaker Gripes, Bruised Egos - Comcast SportsNet Chicago August 5, 2014
      Quinn Administration Memo Reveals Lawmaker Gripes, Bruised EgosComcast SportsNet ChicagoLou Lang: "The Gov's office had better not think they can negotiate a (gaming) compromise without me at the table, or just Link and Cullerton at the table without me, they are wrong and will not succeed." And Central Illinois Republican Bill Mitchell ...and […]
    • Miller knocks in winning run in ninth - Bellingham Herald August 14, 2014
      Bellingham HeraldMiller knocks in winning run in ninthBellingham HeraldThis one came courtesy of a Miller two-out, bottom of the ninth bases-loaded bloop-walkoff single to shallow center that scored Lou Della Fera to win the game. "It's unreal ... Reach Andrew Lang at andrew.lang@bellinghamherald.com or call 360-756-2862.and more »
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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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