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    • Medical marijuana applications start Tuesday - Journal Gazette and Times-Courier August 30, 2014
      Medical marijuana applications start TuesdayJournal Gazette and Times-CourierPatients also have to have a fingerprint-based background check and a prescription from their doctor. State Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, who sponsored the law legalizing the medical marijuana pilot program, said he believes state regulators have done a ...
    • Medical pot applications start Tuesday - Bloomington Pantagraph August 30, 2014
      Medical pot applications start TuesdayBloomington PantagraphMilitary veterans or patients on Social Security Disability Income will pay $50. Patients also have to have a fingerprint-based background check and a prescription from their doctor. State Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, who sponsored the law's pilot program, ...
    • Medical marijuana applications open Tuesday - Quad City Times August 30, 2014
      Medical marijuana applications open TuesdayQuad City TimesPatients also have to have a fingerprint-based background check and a prescription from their doctor. Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, who sponsored the law legalizing the medical marijuana pilot program, said he believes state regulators have done a good job ...and more »
    • Police chief gets drenched - Moultrie Observer August 30, 2014
      Police chief gets drenchedMoultrie ObserverMultiple Moultrie Police Department officers give the ice bucket challenge treatment to Police Chief Frank Lang, who challenged other area law enforcement agencies to get involved in the effort to benefit the ALS Association. Money from the challenge ...
    • Malaria Outbreak Threatens Lou Ariik, Warrap - gurtong August 31, 2014
      Malaria Outbreak Threatens Lou Ariik, WarrapgurtongThat is even causing a big setback and frustration." He revealed that Sub-chief, Sultan Kuel Malueth Tong has recently died of the same symptoms that we suspect to be malaria signs. "We have lost Sultan Kuel Malueth Tong, the Sub-chief of Lang-akut area.
    • Do Big Food Acquisitions Really Boost Sustainability? - International Business Times August 29, 2014
      International Business TimesDo Big Food Acquisitions Really Boost Sustainability?International Business TimesJohn Lang, a sociology professor at Occidental College in Los Angeles, said via email that he “tend[s] to be skeptical” about corporations that acquire green outfits and then claim to be pioneers in sustainability. “[Executives] have a fiduciary duty […]
    • Solons to LWV: Don't hold your breath - Evanston Now August 25, 2014
      Solons to LWV: Don't hold your breathEvanston NowMembers of the Evanston and Skokie delegation in the Illinois General Assembly told the local League of Women Voters Monday that one of their principal legislative initiatives was going nowhere this year. The issue is a graduated rate income tax that ...
    • Church Street Exchange rebirth almost complete - Orlando Sentinel August 26, 2014
      Church Street Exchange rebirth almost completeOrlando SentinelThe former shopping mall and home of disgraced boy-band mogul Lou Pearlman is now a hub for downtown technology companies. Several companies — Splyt, Echo Interaction and Plan Source — are already located there. Real estate firm Jones Lang ...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 »
    • On the Fringe . . . - Delco News Network August 27, 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 ...
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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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