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    • Cream bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71 - TODAYonline October 26, 2014
      TODAYonlineCream bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71TODAYonlineBruce stayed extremely busy in the years following, recording solo album Songs for a Tailor that same year, forming another short-lived power trio, West, Bruce and Lang, in the early 1970s, and playing with everyone from John McLaughlin to Lou Reed and ...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 ...
    • In the region: Roanoke College stays unbeaten in ODAC - Roanoke Times October 22, 2014
      In the region: Roanoke College stays unbeaten in ODACRoanoke TimesLYNCHBURG — Roanoke, ranked No. 24 this week in the Division III men's soccer poll, scored in the first half and held on for a 1-0 win over Lynchburg on Tuesday night in an ODAC battle for first place. The Maroons (11-2-1, 8-0-1) remained unbeaten in ...and more »
    • Unregulated Video Gambling in Illinois - Alton Daily News October 18, 2014
      Alton Daily NewsUnregulated Video Gambling in IllinoisAlton Daily NewsLou Lang (D-Skokie), says it wasn't his intention to allow video gambling in Illinois “without the Gaming Board's oversight,” but says neither the Gaming Board nor the Crime Commission has reached out to express their concerns about the consequences of ...and more »
    • 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 »
    • Requiem for Superheroes - Bleeding Yankee Blue (blog) October 23, 2014
      Bleeding Yankee Blue (blog)Requiem for SuperheroesBleeding Yankee Blue (blog)It's like baseball, again: Babe Ruth, the Superman of baseball, has had at least 4 movies made about him, and none of them are any good; Lou Gehrig, who should never be called his "sidekick," has had 2 movies made about him, and both are very good.)and more »
    • Strong Presence of Democratic Leadership at IADO fundraiser - Chicago Tribune October 9, 2014
      Strong Presence of Democratic Leadership at IADO fundraiserChicago TribuneSheila Simon, US Senator Dick Durbin, Representatives Jan Schakowsky, Bill Foster, Danny Davis, and Dan Lipinski; State Senator Daniel Biss, State Representatives Lou Lang, Michelle Mussman, Robyn Gabel, Elaine Nekritz, Al Riley, and Laura Fine; ...
    • 60-year-old Korean War drama appears in original 3-D for first time on Blu-ray - New York Post October 16, 2014
      60-year-old Korean War drama appears in original 3-D for first time on Blu-rayNew York PostThe Fox Cinema Archives, another MOD program, has just released Walter Lang's “The Magnificent Dope'' (1942), a comedy starring Henry Fonda and Don Ameche, as well as the uber-obscure comedy thriller “One Wild Night'' (1938) starring June Lang, […]
    • American Composers Orchestra to Open Carnegie Hall Season, 11/21 - Broadway World October 21, 2014
      American Composers Orchestra to Open Carnegie Hall Season, 11/21Broadway WorldUnder the leadership of Music Director George Manahan, American Composers Orchestra (ACO) returns to Carnegie Hall for the 11th season of its Orchestra Underground series, which explores the orchestra as an elastic ensemble that can respond to ...
    • Minutes of regular meeting of Bonham ISD Board of Trustees - North Texas e-News October 22, 2014
      Minutes of regular meeting of Bonham ISD Board of TrusteesNorth Texas e-NewsC. Director of Finance Report Presenter: Alicia Lang. • Public hearing for FIRST report on November 17th. • No changes in ... Mary Lou Fox presented the Board with a written report. H. I.W. Evans Principal Written Report. Susan Baker presented the ...
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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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