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      Chicago Daily HeraldAsian-American Community of Naperville hosted "Representative" Stephanie Kifowit, "Representative" & House Deputy ...Chicago Daily HeraldRepresentative 'Lou' Lang, who has been representing the 16th District of Illinois since 1987 and currently serves as House Deputy Majority Leader, said that "we ha […]
    • Superstorm Sandy Victims Still Suffering on Four-Year Anniversary - Washington Free Beacon October 27, 2016
      Washington Free BeaconSuperstorm Sandy Victims Still Suffering on Four-Year AnniversaryWashington Free BeaconVictims of Superstorm Sandy told the Washington Free Beacon on the four-year anniversary of the storm that President Obama broke his promise to give them ...and more »
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      Chicago Sun-TimesThrough Liberty Principles PAC, Dan Proft spreads millions to GOPChicago Sun-TimesLou Lang, D-Skokie — a vocal critic of Rauner – calls Proft a “direct agent of Bruce Rauner.” “There's a direct relationship between Gov. Rauner and Dan Proft,” Lang said. “Clearly, Dan Proft is not an independent operator, running around the state ... […]
    • Chicago Battles Violent Crime Rise and Heroin Epidemic - NBCNews.com October 6, 2016
      NBCNews.comChicago Battles Violent Crime Rise and Heroin EpidemicNBCNews.comThe word finally reached state Representative Lou Lang, D-Illinois. Read More: Obama Pushes For More Treatment for Opioid Addiction. After hearing about the dramatic increase in heroin abuse in Illinois, Lang formed a task force of 39 bipartisan state ...and more »
    • Kay-Stuart race attracts big money from Republicans and Dems - Belleville News-Democrat October 21, 2016
      Belleville News-DemocratKay-Stuart race attracts big money from Republicans and DemsBelleville News-DemocratThat total doesn't include large contributions from Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, whose campaign gave $53,900 to Stuart, Rep. Deborha Conroy, D-Villa Park ($53,900), Marty Moylan, D-Des Plaines, ($38,900) and Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, ($25,000 […]
    • Human Service Backlog Leaves Mentally Ill Sitting in Jail - Chicago Tonight | WTTW October 19, 2016
      Human Service Backlog Leaves Mentally Ill Sitting in JailChicago Tonight | WTTWLou Lang (D-Skokie) told Chicago Tonight he is going to convene a task force to examine the entire state's mental health system. It's something that he says could be his biggest undertaking ever; to once and for all resolve a system he characterizes as ...
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      The InquisitrChicago Battling Not Only Violence But Heroin Epidemic As Well, The City Is 'Ground Zero'The InquisitrThe coroner's concerns and statistics reached state Representative Lou Lang. Once Lang heard of the shocking increase in heroin abuse within the state, he formed a task force of 39 bipartisan state legislators to conduct research […]
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      Reboot IllinoisDNC diary: Rep. Lou Lang onReboot IllinoisBernie Sanders. While the revelations have led to the ouster of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and protests from Sanders' supporters, Illinois convention delegate and state Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, believes the Democratic Party's support for ...
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      41 NBC NewsChicago Battles Violent Crime Rise and Heroin Epidemicwww.41nbc.comFree - In Google Play41 NBC NewsThe bodies came in, year after year, sometimes several per week, from all corners of the Chicago collar county. Will County Coroner Patrick O'Neil usually had a hunch about the cause of death even before the toxicology reports came back. “They w […]
    • Putnam County Democratic dinner - Putnam County Record October 4, 2016
      Putnam County Democratic dinnerPutnam County RecordThe guest speaker is Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang, along with Judge Mike McCusky. Social hour will begin at 6 p.m. with a family-style chicken dinner being served at 7 p.m. The cost is $20 per person. Those interested in attending should contact ...
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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.