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    • Should Illinois Equip Every First Responder with Narcan? - MyStateline.com March 3, 2015
      MyStateline.comShould Illinois Equip Every First Responder with Narcan?MyStateline.comLou Lang (D-Skokie) was one of the legislators who is introducing it. "First it would require first responders, fire departments, police departments to have this product available at all times." And not just that, the life saving drug could be ...and more »
    • Prescription-Reform Bill Aims At Heroin Problem - WNIJ and WNIU March 3, 2015
      WNIJ and WNIUPrescription-Reform Bill Aims At Heroin ProblemWNIJ and WNIUThe bill, sponsored by House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang, D-Skokie, would appropriate $25 million for the Department of Human Services to provide opioid addiction services and preventative education, distribution of and programming for opioid ...Comprehensive, Controversial Heroin L […]
    • Bill could fight rise in heroin use - Bloomington Pantagraph March 3, 2015
      Bloomington PantagraphBill could fight rise in heroin useBloomington PantagraphHouse Democratic Assistant Majority Leader Lou Lang of Skokie and GOP State Rep. John Anthony of Morris announced bipartisan legislation Monday that would spend $25 million to combat an epidemic of heroin and prescription drug abuse, although ...
    • Lawmakers unveil aggressive plan to curb heroin use - Chicago Daily Herald March 3, 2015
      Chicago Daily HeraldLawmakers unveil aggressive plan to curb heroin useChicago Daily HeraldA former DuPage County lawmaker says he's seen "too many wakes" as he and others start work trying to win approval for a package of legislation aimed at cutting the number of drug overdose deaths. The proposal includes drug education, increased use of .. […]
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      The Capitol Fax Blog (blog)Protected: SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS ...The Capitol Fax Blog (blog)Lou Lang bi-partisan "Heroin Bill" press conference at 2:00 pm CT Available at blueroomstream.com. by Blueroomstream via twitter 11:42 AM. How did Illinois' congressional delegation vote on last week's D […]
    • AG Madigan's “top 10″ list - The Capitol Fax Blog (blog) March 2, 2015
      AG Madigan's “top 10″ listThe Capitol Fax Blog (blog)“Identity theft has long been a top concern for Illinois residents,” Attorney General Madigan said. “But in light of last year's massive data breaches, it is clearer than ever that much more must be done to protect sensitive data while ensuring that ...and more »
    • New Legislation Looks to Curb Heroin - WSIL TV March 3, 2015
      New Legislation Looks to Curb HeroinWSIL TV"You can get high on heroin today in our state, and in any state in this country, for five dollars," said State Representative Lou Lang. Lang knows availability and price make the fight against the deadly drug even harder. "We learned during these ...and more »
    • 5-time Grammy award winning artists, The Blind Boys of Alabama, coming to ... - Americus Times-Recorder March 2, 2015
      5-time Grammy award winning artists, The Blind Boys of Alabama, coming to ...Americus Times-RecorderThey have appeared on recordings with Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waits, k.d. lang, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Willie Nelson, Susan Tedeschi, Solomon Burke, Aaron Neville, Ben Harper, and most recently Justin Vernon, Patty Griffin, Merrill Garbus, and Sam Amidon ...
    • 'Setting the Seen' celebrates first anniversary - Pittsburgh Post Gazette March 2, 2015
      Pittsburgh Post Gazette'Setting the Seen' celebrates first anniversaryPittsburgh Post Gazette... spot, Hotel Monaco, for an interactive taping that included #SuperFans (like Tim McVay and David Bush) and past guests of the show (like Pittsburgh Opera's Christopher Hahn, Eileen French, Mary Lou Bradley, Marc Giosi, and Style Week Pittsburgh ...
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Gov. Quinn’s Budget Must Be Cut More, But Cuts Must Not Gut Essential Illinois Human Services

(Skokie, IL) – February 20, 2011. The new Illinois budget proposed last week by Governor Pat Quinn—which included $1.7 billion in new spending—has drawn criticism from a top House Democratic lawmaker who wants deeper budget cuts, but cuts that are evenly distributed without undermining essential human services.

“The citizens of Illinois clearly expressed their demands in November that the state needs to tighten its belt and cut spending,” said House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie). “This year’s budget should include no spending increases. None.”

On Wednesday, Quinn delivered a brief budget address to the Illinois General Assembly in which the governor, who won a 66% income tax increase from legislators at the beginning of January, claimed that he was holding the line on spending.

“The first part of this plan is budget restraint – finding new ways to reduce unnecessary state spending,” said Quinn to lawmakers. “Since taking office, I have reduced our spending every year.”

Quinn’s budget plan for fiscal year 2012, excluding federal assistance, however, increases state spending from $24.313 billion last year to $25.931 billion this year, while eliminating or drastically reducing funding for key human service programs, such as meals-on-wheels for seniors, mental health, substance abuse prevention and treatment, child care and other human service programs.

“The governor needs to face reality that we can not increase spending; instead, we must cut the budget further,” said Lang. “But we must cut with a scalpel, not with a meat ax.”

  • “We can not eliminate funding for senior meals, mental health care, substance abuse treatment and child care with one hand and hand out employee raises with the other,” said Lang. “We can achieve austerity without throwing the old, the infirm and children into a wood chipper.”

In his proposed fiscal plan, Quinn aims to cut or eliminate the following human service programs:

  • Child Care Services–$333.3 million.
  • Alcohol and Drug Prevention Treatment Services–$55.2 million—program eliminated.
  • Mental Health Grants–$33.4 million—program virtually eliminated.
  • Aid to Aged, Blind, or Disabled–$14.9 million.
  • Funeral & Burial Expense Assistance–$3.5 million—program eliminated.
  • Mental Health Psychotropic Medications–$2.6 million—program eliminated.
  • Domestic Violence Shelters–$2.08 million—program eliminated.
  • Home Delivered Meals to Seniors–$400,000
  • Crisis Nurseries–$318,700—program eliminated.

“We do need to cut more out of the budget to achieve fiscal health, but these type of human service cuts are unacceptable while proposing spending increases elsewhere,” said Lang.

“I will work with the governor and with both Democratic and Republican lawmakers to produce a fiscally responsible budget while simultaneously protecting essential state human services.”

The Illinois House returns to Springfield on Tuesday, February 22.

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