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    • Orchestras shirk labels for self-released recordings, from NJ to San Francisco - NJ.com December 21, 2014
      NJ.comOrchestras shirk labels for self-released recordings, from NJ to San FranciscoNJ.com... excellence in classics, such as Mahler's Symphonies and as champions of new and novel, with ventures such as their American Mavericks concert series, which led to a CD release in 2012 featuring works by Lou Harrison, Henry Cowell and Edgard Varèse ...and more » […]
    • 'Dragon Age' tops AP critics' best games of 2014 - Washington Times December 17, 2014
      Washington Times'Dragon Age' tops AP critics' best games of 2014Washington TimesThe 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 ...and more »
    • 'Dragon Age,' 'Far Cry 4' and 'Shadow of Mordor' among AP critics' top 10 ... - Bridge River Lillooet News December 22, 2014
      Bridge River Lillooet News'Dragon Age,' 'Far Cry 4' and 'Shadow of Mordor' among AP critics' top 10 ...Bridge River Lillooet NewsThe 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): Des […]
    • Slideshow: Top video games of 2014 - Madison.com December 19, 2014
      Madison.comSlideshow: Top video games of 2014Madison.comDerrik J. Lang: Despite its grander-than-grand scale, "Inquisition" is a breathtakingly detailed role-playing saga unique to each player portraying the leader of a revolution in the fantasy realm of Thedas. BioWare deserves to be heralded for its ...and more »
    • 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.
    • 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' - Madison.com December 19, 2014
      Madison.com'Dragon Age: Inquisition'Madison.comLou Kesten: BioWare's overstuffed role-playing epic has everything you could want in a fantasy saga: war, magic, exploration, romance and, yes, dragons. I've spent 200 hours in its lush, frightening world and there are still huge areas I've barely ...and more »
    • 'Wolfenstein: The New Order' - Madison.com December 19, 2014
      Madison.com'Wolfenstein: The New Order'Madison.comLou Kesten: We got a bunch of new first-person shooters in 2014, but the freshest was this revival from Sweden's MachineGames. Set in an alternate Europe where the Nazis won, it's an expertly paced thriller with a cast of resistance fighters that I ...
    • 'Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor' - Madison.com December 19, 2014
      Madison.com'Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor'Madison.comLou Kesten: In Monolith Productions' brilliant take on J.R.R. Tolkien, you must challenge a series of orc warlords before going toe-to-toe with their evil boss. The result rewards a smart strategic approach as much as skillful swordplay, and it's ...
    • Empty Netter Assists - 12-19-14 - Pittsburgh Post Gazette (blog) December 19, 2014
      Pittsburgh Post Gazette (blog)Empty Netter Assists - 12-19-14Pittsburgh Post Gazette (blog)Acquired in the 1969 offseason along with Craig Cameron and a draft pick in a deal which sent Lou Angotti and a draft pick to the Blues, Schock spent eight seasons with the Penguins. In 1969-70, Schock appeared in 76 ... Lang's best season was 2000-01 ...
    • 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 […]
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Illinois Medicaid, Pension Costs Will Push Illinois Bill Backlog to $35 Billion in 5 Years

(Springfield, IL) – A new report released Monday from the Civic Federation, a Chicago-based nonpartisan policy group that focuses on state spending, predicts Illinois’ Medicaid costs will skyrocket over the next five years.

Laurence Msall, federation president, said lawmakers and governors have spent Illinois into a deep hole by expanding Medicaid, which provides health-care coverage to low-income families.

“What is most frightening is that even after the income tax, the state was not able to pass a budget to fully fund Medicaid,” Msall said, referring to a 67 percent personal income tax increase and a 48 percent corporate income tax increase in January 2011.

But even with that additional revenue, Illinois lawmakers still had to pay more than $1 billion in 2011 Medicaid bills.

The Civic Federation report paints a grim picture for Medicaid spending:

  • Illinois is on pace to spend a total of nearly $14 billion on Medicaid this year
  • Illinois’ Medicaid costs are expected to increase 41 percent over the next five years.
  • Gov. Pat Quinn is budgeting only a 13 percent spending increase.

Illinois will see as many as 296,000 new people enroll in Medicaid once the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act takes effect in 2014.

Under the new law, which is designed to make health care and insurance more accessible, the federal government will pay 100 percent of the cost of new Medicaid patients for two years. After 2016, Illinois will have to pay 50 percent of the costs.

The Civic Federation report also details increases in pension spending from $5.7 billion this year to $7.8 billion in 2017, and unpaid bills from $8.6 billion this year to $34.5 billion in five years.

Msall added that Medicaid spending is the biggest single cost for state government. The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services expects to spend a total of $14 billion on Medicaid this year, that includes both state and federal dollars.

The Civic Federation report calculates pension spending to rise 35 percent over five years, while Medicaid spending is expected to jump 41 percent.

By Benjamin Yount/Illinois Statehouse News

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