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      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 […]
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      It ain't over until it's over, unless it's already overThe Capitol Fax Blog (blog)HB 5331 would have required rideshare dispatchers to “carry commercial liability insurance in the amount of $350,000 combined single limit per accident.” HB 4075 would have provided that the private passenger auto “insurer of a motor vehicle used in a ...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 »
    • 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 »
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
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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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