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    • Medical pot farmers yet to start work on East St. Louis facility - Belleville News Democrat April 30, 2015
      Medical pot farmers yet to start work on East St. Louis facilityBelleville News Democrat“Because the entrepreneurs, who have put hundreds of thousands of dollars in building these buildings, growing marijuana, hiring these experts and filling out these applications, just like any other business, people want to make their money back,” Lang ...
    • A walk in the park - Jewish United Fund May 4, 2015
      Jewish United FundA walk in the parkJewish United FundAlso in attendance were many public officials, including: Senator Dick Durbin; Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky; Congressman Bob Dold; state senators Daniel Biss, and Ira Silverstein; state representatives Lou Lang, and Elaine Nekritz; Mayor of Highland ...
    • Heroin forum focuses on next steps in fight against drug's use - Chicago Tribune April 11, 2015
      Chicago TribuneHeroin forum focuses on next steps in fight against drug's useChicago TribuneLou Lang, D-Skokie, was on hand Friday to offer what's next in the fight against heroin. Lang is sponsoring the state's Heroin Crisis Act, which would expand drug court programs, create the nation's first drug take-back program for pharmacies, requ […]
    • Illinois' medical marijuana program struggles to move forward; patients frustrated - WGEM May 1, 2015
      WGEMIllinois' medical marijuana program struggles to move forward; patients frustratedWGEM"Because the entrepreneurs, who have put hundreds of thousands of dollars in building these buildings, growing marijuana, hiring these experts and filling out these applications, just like any other business, people want to make their money back," Lang .. […]
    • Illinois' Medical Marijuana Program plagued with delays - WGEM April 28, 2015
      WGEMIllinois' Medical Marijuana Program plagued with delaysWGEMState Representative Lou Lang, the writer of Illinois' medical marijuana bill, says delays could kill the program. Lang says the state was slow to draft rules for the applications of patients, cultivators and dispensary owners. Lang fears by the time ...
    • 'Destiny' video game creators seek to atone for missteps - Salt Lake Tribune May 2, 2015
      Salt Lake Tribune'Destiny' video game creators seek to atone for misstepsSalt Lake TribuneThis photo provided by Bungie/Activision Publishing shows a third-person view of players competing in a “Control” match on the new “Thieves Den” map in the multiplayer video game “Destiny.” The game's second expansion, “House of Wolves,” will be ...' […]
    • Medical pot extension bill passes in the House - Chicago Sun-Times April 22, 2015
      Chicago Sun-TimesMedical pot extension bill passes in the HouseChicago Sun-TimesLou Lang, D-Skokie, who sponsored the extension and has championed the state's medical marijuana law, said he's hopeful the bill will make it through the Senate and that Gov. Bruce Rauner will sign it — allowing the delayed medical marijuana program ...Extension for lon […]
    • Summer 2015 Movie Releases: A Look at What's Coming - New York Times May 1, 2015
      New York TimesSummer 2015 Movie Releases: A Look at What's ComingNew York TimesLou Howe wrote and directed. Infinitely Polar BearDad is bipolar, and Mom has left him with the kids. Mark Ruffalo stars as a manic-depressive from a wealthy Boston family who is still poor, and Zoe Saldana is his wife, who goes to New York to get her ...and more »
    • Weak Attempt To Hold Line On Taxes - Journal & Topics Newspapers Online May 1, 2015
      Journal & Topics Newspapers OnlineWeak Attempt To Hold Line On TaxesJournal & Topics Newspapers OnlineState representatives McAuliffe, D'Amico, Marty Moylan (D-55th), Michelle Mussman (D-56th) and Elaine Nekritz (D-57th) all voted for the bill while representatives David Harris (R-53rd), Laura Fine (D-17th) and Lou Lang (D-16th) voted against it […]
    • CLUB CALENDAR - The Providence Journal May 1, 2015
      CLUB CALENDARThe Providence JournalMAY 1. Al Abbott, swing, La Cucina, 266 Putnam Pike, Smithfield. 349-4130. 6:30-10:30 pm. Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox, jazz and pop, Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, 79 Washington St., Providence. 331 -5876, lupos.com. 9 pm. $25; $35 reserved.
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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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