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    • The Pulse of Springfield: Representatives Feigenholtz and Kifowit and Leader Lou Lang on Michael Madigan - WGN Radio January 12, 2017
      WGN RadioThe Pulse of Springfield: Representatives Feigenholtz and Kifowit and Leader Lou Lang on Michael MadiganWGN RadioThen, State Representative Stephanie Kifowit joined the conversation to reflect on the remarks she made in front of the House before they voted Madigan in. Finally, Leader Lou Lang chimed in to try and help correct the narrative on who Mi […]
    • Regime change unlikely in elections in suburbs - Nadig Newspapers January 19, 2017
      Regime change unlikely in elections in suburbsNadig NewspapersIt's called the "Land of Lang," run by Democratic township Committeeman Lou Lang, who has been a state representative since 1987 and who is chairman of the local Caucus Party, which dominates the municipalities and the township. Lang has $1,095,981 ...and more »
    • Springfield's First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Aims To Remove Stigma - FOX Illinois January 10, 2017
      FOX IllinoisSpringfield's First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Aims To Remove StigmaFOX IllinoisRepresentative Lou Lang sponsored the medical marijuana bill in Illinois. He says since the program's inception, about 13,000 sick patients statewide have signed up, but there are a couple things he'd like to change. "How to get more revenue out […]
    • St. Andrews society remembers Auld Lang Syne composer at annual dinner - Aiken Standard January 22, 2017
      Aiken StandardSt. Andrews society remembers Auld Lang Syne composer at annual dinnerAiken StandardPiper Mark Hollingsworth, leads the presentation of the haggis, followed by sword bearer Carleton Brown, for and knife bearer Jann Smith, Scotch bearer Mary Lou Dewar, and haggis bearer Debbie Grinton during the 17th Annual Robert Burns Celebration at ...and mor […]
    • Patti Vasquez Live from Springfield: 1-12-2017 - WGN Radio January 12, 2017
      WGN RadioPatti Vasquez Live from Springfield: 1-12-2017WGN RadioFor starters, they heard about the day's inaguration of the state's 100th General Assembly from 3 major players in Springfield: Representative Sara Feigenholtz, Representative Stephanie Kifowit and Leader Lou Lang. Then, Tanikia Carpenter from Black ...and more »
    • Legislative session winding down; budget mess looms large - WREX-TV January 8, 2017
      Charlotte ObserverLegislative session winding down; budget mess looms largeWREX-TVHouse Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang of Skokie says if Rauner is willing to deal, a budget agreement could be worked out before the 100th General Assembly begins its work midweek. In the Senate, Assistant Republican Leader Sue Rezin (REH'-zihn) of ...Madigan preps for 17t […]
    • Madigan makes history while Illinois' middle class races toward extinction - Illinois Policy January 12, 2017
      Madigan makes history while Illinois' middle class races toward extinctionIllinois Policy... Mary Flowers, La Shawn Ford, Robyn Gabel, Jehan Gordon-Booth, LaToya Greenwood, Will Guzzardi, Michael Halpin, Sonya Harper, Gregory Harris, Elizabeth Hernandez, Jay Hoffman, Frances Ann Hurley, Thaddeus Jones, Stephanie Kifowit, Lou Lang, ...and more »
    • Property tax freeze faces opposition - Illinois News Network January 9, 2017
      Illinois News NetworkProperty tax freeze faces oppositionIllinois News NetworkA number of state lawmakers, not to mention local governments across the state, don't want to see a cap on automatic property tax increases. State Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, is among them. He worries about shorting local schools and micro-managing local ...and more »
    • JUF honors Illinois Rep. Lou Lang - Jewish United Fund December 14, 2016
      Jewish United FundJUF honors Illinois Rep. Lou LangJewish United FundLou Lang image Pictured (from left): Jewish Community Relations Council Chair David Golder; JUF President Dr. Steven B. Nasatir; Rep. Lou Lang; JUF Associate Vice President, Government & Community Partnerships Suzanne Strassberger; JUF Chairman ...and more »
    • Jim Dey: Budget standoff rages on - Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette January 3, 2017
      Jim Dey: Budget standoff rages onChampaign/Urbana News-GazetteLast year, during a speech at a public employees union rally, one of Madigan's key assistants, state Rep. Lou Lang, said Democrats were prepared to wait four years before giving an inch to Rauner on the budget. Interpreted as hyperbole at the time ...and more »
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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.