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    • 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 […]
    • Medical marijuana law sponsor defends secret bids - Northwest Herald September 14, 2014
      KSDKMedical marijuana law sponsor defends secret bidsNorthwest HeraldLou 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 […]
    • Chip shots September 16, 2014 - Coeur d'Alene Press September 16, 2014
      Chip shots September 16, 2014Coeur d'Alene Press2, Donna Richardson/Kelli Ealy, 178. 3, Anita Robinson/Sheila Lang, 179. 4 (tie), Kathy Campbell/Sue Ireland, Ronna Garbreath/Pat Suko, 188. Net: 1, Colleen Clancy/Mary Ann Clancy, 125. 2, Heidi Acuff/Heidi Rogers, 126. 3, Mary Lou Bunn/B.J. Morton ...
    • David Boan - Lexington Dispatch September 16, 2014
      David BoanLexington Dispatch31, 1945, in Chesterfield County, S.C., to Joseph Culius Boan and Lela Lang Boan. He was a member of Pilgrim Freewill Baptist Church and retired from Patrician Furniture. He had served in the National Guard. He was preceded in death by his parents and ...
    • 'Nico: Underground,' Starring Tammy Faye Starlite - New York Times September 14, 2014
      New York Times'Nico: Underground,' Starring Tammy Faye StarliteNew York TimesWritten by T. D. Lang (a.k.a. Ms. Starlite) and directed by Michael Schiralli, it's a blend of concert, with Ms. Starlite performing a dozen songs closely associated with Nico, and a fictionalized version of a radio interview from Melbourne in 1986 ...
    • Perth Residents Back Calls for Legalizing Medical Marijuana - ForexMinute.com September 14, 2014
      Perth Residents Back Calls for Legalizing Medical MarijuanaForexMinute.comLou Lang (D-Skokie) noted the confidentiality clause was formulated to prevent state officials in charge of reviewing applications from being influenced by political connections. He also said that this would prevent companies from obtaining and using ...and more »
    • State may keep information on medical pot companies secret - The Southern September 10, 2014
      State may keep information on medical pot companies secretThe SouthernLou Lang, D-Skokie, did not immediately return messages Tuesday seeking an explanation for the confidentiality clause written into the law he sponsored. Garrett said the information should not be kept secret. "There should be reason to prevent the ...and more »
    • Packers' Jamari Lattimore has hunger to be successful NFL starter - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel September 13, 2014
      Packers' Jamari Lattimore has hunger to be successful NFL starterMilwaukee Journal Sentinel"When he's on the field, he carries the energy for the defense," Lang said. "He's always talking, chirping. Us going against him, ... "Nobody ever heard of Lou Gehrig 60-70 years ago," Stockstill said. "And he got his chance […]
    • PNP finance officer face probe for alleged misuse of Yolanda donations - GMA News September 16, 2014
      PNP finance officer face probe for alleged misuse of Yolanda donationsGMA NewsThe finance officer is assigned to the Central Visayas Police Regional Office's Police Community Relations Division, GMA Cebu's Lou-Anne Mae Rondina reported. The report withheld the name of the police officer pending the results of a pre-charge investigation. Up to P300, […]
    • PNP finance officer faces probe for alleged misuse of Yolanda donations - GMA News September 16, 2014
      PNP finance officer faces probe for alleged misuse of Yolanda donationsGMA NewsThe finance officer is assigned to the Central Visayas Police Regional Office's Police Community Relations Division, GMA Cebu's Lou-Anne Mae Rondina reported. The report withheld the name of the police officer pending the results of a pre-charge investigation. Up to P300 […]
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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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