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    • Medical pot dilemma: Where to get the first seeds? - STLtoday.com November 1, 2014
      Medical pot dilemma: Where to get the first seeds?STLtoday.comLou Lang, who sponsored Illinois' medical marijuana law, concedes lawmakers knew there was an issue. “We did not address it in the bill on purpose,” he said. “We can't sanction in a law doing an illegal act.” David Ittel has sold indoor gardening ...
    • Quick look: New this week at the movies - East Valley Tribune October 31, 2014
      Quick look: New this week at the moviesEast Valley TribuneLou Bloom is a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cutthroat, dangerous realm ...
    • Acquiring first seeds a dilemma for medical marijuana growers - McDonough Voice October 30, 2014
      Acquiring first seeds a dilemma for medical marijuana growersMcDonough VoiceLou Lang, who sponsored Illinois' medical marijuana law, concedes lawmakers knew there was an issue. “We did not address it in the bill on purpose,” he said. “We can't sanction in a law doing an illegal act.” David Ittel has sold indoor gardening ...and more »
    • St. John's High School class of 1964 celebrates 50th reunion - Delphos Herald October 30, 2014
      Delphos HeraldSt. John's High School class of 1964 celebrates 50th reunionDelphos Herald... Pam Clark Hanser, Candi Patton Shafer, Sharon Drewyore Hines, Susan Nomina Lang, Diana Grubenhoff and Nancy Welch Williams; row three, Mary Lou Williams Harman, Jane Wrasman Goergens, Judy Trentman Pohlman, Mariella Shumaker Meyer, ...
    • Advocates, pols push crime victim constitutional amendment - Chicago Sun-Times October 28, 2014
      Chicago Sun-TimesAdvocates, pols push crime victim constitutional amendmentChicago Sun-TimesLou Lang, supporters sought to raise awareness of the so-called “Marsy's Law” proposal that on Nov. 4 is among a historically high number of hot-button issues voters are being asked to weigh in on. “The constitutional amendment for the Crime Victims ...and more » […]
    • Movie capsules - Bucks County Courier Times October 30, 2014
      Movie capsulesBucks County Courier Times23 BLAST: (NP) Alexa Vega, Dylan Baker and Stephen Lang star in this 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 condition. (98 minutes) Some teen drinking.and more »
    • Troy Turkey Trot hosting two food drives - Troy Record October 29, 2014
      Troy Turkey Trot hosting two food drivesTroy RecordAdded Mayor Lou Rosamilia: “We encourage Trojans to participate in this initiative and we look forward to providing assistance to families who may need a little help during this special time of year. The city of Troy is eager to join with the Troy ...and more »
    • Cornell grad Tretter working on return to Packer lineup - Ithaca Journal October 24, 2014
      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 ...
    • 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 »
    • 2014 Troy Turkey Trot organizers expect record turnout - Troy Record October 27, 2014
      2014 Troy Turkey Trot organizers expect record turnoutTroy Record“We are delighted to once again host the Capital Region's premier Turkey Trot,” city Mayor Lou Rosamilia said. “Whether you live in Troy, Albany, ... Distributing Co. and Bryce Real Estate. Media partners include Lang Media and Albany Broadcasting.
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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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