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    • Living in the tombs at Suffolk Downs - The Courier-Journal September 30, 2014
      The Courier-JournalLiving in the tombs at Suffolk DownsThe Courier-JournalInstead of the “Call to the Post,” Suffolk's bugler will play “Auld Lang Syne” this coming Saturday when this historic track runs its last races and ends forever the storied history of thoroughbred racing in New England. This unlucky roll of the dice ...and more »
    • Panel explores impact of proposed UNLV medical school - Las Vegas Sun September 29, 2014
      Panel explores impact of proposed UNLV medical schoolLas Vegas SunLas Vegas' economy is missing one crucial piece to its puzzle — a public medical school, according to panelists at a Lincy Institute forum on the economic impact of a medical school at UNLV. UNLV, in the meantime, has taken another step in an effort ...and more »
    • Kingston Bowling: Dan Lowe leads Marbletown Legion Mixed with 769 - The Daily Freeman September 29, 2014
      Kingston Bowling: Dan Lowe leads Marbletown Legion Mixed with 769The Daily Freeman... Jeff Heppner 237—651, Leo Fejzollari 235—644, John Nolterieke 247—635, Russ Mackey 256—626, Alex Fallon 242—624, Jim Hayner 622, Shaun Ramsey 621, Jim Bishop 614, Mike Assa 612, Rob Hand 234—610, Lou Swart 609, Bill Martin 607, David ...
    • Bruce Rauner Comes Out Against Medical Marijuana - CBS Local September 17, 2014
      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 […]
    • Editorial: Marijuana selection process lacks needed transparency - Bloomington Pantagraph September 23, 2014
      Editorial: Marijuana selection process lacks needed transparencyBloomington PantagraphWe won't make a lame, smoke-filled room reference, but these decisions will occur behind closed doors. Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, said the secrecy will keep the process pure and prevent any of the pay-to-play shenanigans that haunts a lot of Illinois ...Secret process ma […]
    • 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 […]
    • Bay City Central High School class of 1939 celebrates its 75th reunion; see ... - Bay City Times September 23, 2014
      Bay City TimesBay City Central High School class of 1939 celebrates its 75th reunion; see ...Bay City TimesScreen Shot 2014-09-22 at 1.52.35 PM.png The class of 1939: Eleven Members of the Bay City Central High School class of 1939 met Saturday, Sept. 20, for their 75th class reunion. (Courtesy photo)Andrew Dodson | adodson@mlive.com. MONITOR ...
    • Mix-up prompts change in medical marijuana law - Chicago Tribune September 22, 2014
      Mix-up prompts change in medical marijuana lawChicago TribuneLang brushed off the impact of the mix-ups, saying the "spirit" of spreading out the cultivation centers is still being followed. "The whole notion of doing these cultivation centers by state police districts was an artificial set of boundaries that we ...
    • Citizen Action/Illinois Announces 2014 Election Endorsements - Progress Illinois September 22, 2014
      Citizen Action/Illinois Announces 2014 Election EndorsementsProgress IllinoisFor State Senate: Mattie Hunter-3, Senator Bill Cunningham-18, Suzanne “Suzy” Glowiak-24, Senator Terry Link-30, and Don Harmon-39. For State Representative: Pamela Reeves-Harris-10, Greg Harris-13, Kelly M. Cassidy -14, Lou Lang -16, Mo Khan -20, ...
    • Flood the house with music - The Recorder September 24, 2014
      Flood the house with musicThe RecorderRock stars at the 'Horse have included Warren Zevon, Patti Smith and Lou Reed. Herold and co-author David Sokol .... Her career was soaring — Canadian diva k.d. lang — and we had sold out 2,000 seats in a matter of days. I wanted everything to be ...
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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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