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      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 »
    • Hillsborough real estate transactions for Aug. 29 - Tampabay.com August 26, 2014
      Hillsborough real estate transactions for Aug. 29Tampabay.com8845 Turnstone Haven Pl., to Morris F. Lang & Claudia J. Alvarezlang by Homes Centex, $173,200, 07-25-2014. 8618 Sandy Plains Dr., ... 9720 Lou Ann Ave., to Jayko Inc by County Clk Hillsborough & Lyle Victor Grundish Family Trust, $49,100, 07-07-2014.
    • 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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      Swing and a missThe Capitol Fax Blog (blog)... * Gov. Pat Quinn's campaign has been trying since last night to convince reporters, myself included, to write about how, unlike Bruce Rauner, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie disclosed his complete tax returns. Like Rauner, Christie's wife works in ...
    • Red Raiders focusing on what's important now - Bellingham Herald August 25, 2014
      Red Raiders focusing on what's important nowBellingham HeraldIt stands for 'what's important now,' and comes from legendary coach Lou Holtz, Flint explained. Teammates have begun wearing ... Reach Andrew Lang at andrew.lang@bellinghamherald.com or call 360-756-2862. Follow @bhamsports on Twitter for ...and more »
    • Placido Domingo accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - Los Angeles Times August 25, 2014
      Placido Domingo accepts ALS Ice Bucket ChallengeLos Angeles TimesThe Ice Bucket Challenge raises money and awareness for researching amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which is often referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease. The challenge, which has been criticized recently for becoming a publicity stunt, has grown into an ...
    • Cellist Maya Beiser embraces her inner rock star - The Star-Ledger August 24, 2014
      Cellist Maya Beiser embraces her inner rock starThe Star-Ledger4, she will add works by David Lang (inspired by Lou Reed's "Heroin"), David T. Little and Glenn Kotche of Wilco. Although she recognizes that in applying a "classical" instrument to rock songs, iTunes and Amazon will categorize her work as "crossover.
    • SRTA partnership began in friendship, ended in feud - SouthCoastToday.com August 24, 2014
      SRTA partnership began in friendship, ended in feudSouthCoastToday.comBut when George came to him worried about who would replace long-time administrator Lou Pettine, Cosentino said he ended up accepting both because of the job's benefits and because of "pressure" from George to apply. ... Later, in a wrongful ...and more »
    • Achievements: Dean's List, graduations & more - Suffolk Times August 24, 2014
      Achievements: Dean's List, graduations & moreSuffolk TimesCorinne Araneo, daughter of William and Mary Lou Araneo of Cutchogue, has graduated with distinction from Suffolk County Community College, earning an associate degree in applied arts. Ms. Araneo, who is also a member of the Phi Theta Kappa National ...
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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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