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    • To compromise or not to compromise? - WGN Radio May 29, 2016
      WGN RadioTo compromise or not to compromise?WGN RadioTo compromise or not to compromise? Posted 12:10 PM, May 29, 2016, by jasminecooperwgn, Updated at 12:11pm, May 29, 2016. Facebook · Twitter · Google · Reddit · Pinterest · Email. Photo: WGN's Rick Pearson along with State Rep. Lou Lang inside the ...and more »
    • Medical marijuana advocates cheer Gov. Bruce Rauner's about-face - Chicago Sun-Times May 29, 2016
      Chicago Sun-TimesMedical marijuana advocates cheer Gov. Bruce Rauner's about-faceChicago Sun-TimesMedical marijuana advocates are applauding Gov. Bruce Rauner's about-face on expanding Illinois' pilot program in length and qualifying conditions, saying it will allow time to show the program is worthwhile and will help more patients — including […]
    • Marijuana News Roundup: Ohio State Senate OKs Medical Marijuana Bill - 24/7 Wall St. May 29, 2016
      24/7 Wall St.Marijuana News Roundup: Ohio State Senate OKs Medical Marijuana Bill24/7 Wall St.Lou Lang announced late Friday that he, the Republican governor and the Republican House leader have agreed to extend Illinois' four-year pilot program until July 2020. It had been set to end by 2018, but supporters argued more time was needed because ...and mo […]
    • Erie County Real Estate Transactions - Buffalo News May 29, 2016
      Erie County Real Estate TransactionsBuffalo News80 Coventry Road, Christena A. Lang; Allister Macdonald to Denice A. Maraglino; John F. Maraglino, $171,000. • 336 Bernhardt Drive .... 43 Betty Lou Lane, Vesona 2015 Family Trust to Herb L. Goudelock; Michelle L. Lloyd, $138,000. • 217 Oehman Blvd.
    • LIVING THE DREAM: Professional couple aim to grow Johnstown-based businesses - TribDem.com May 29, 2016
      TribDem.comLIVING THE DREAM: Professional couple aim to grow Johnstown-based businessesTribDem.comAfter graduating from Clarion University in 2009, Mihalko landed a job in Pittsburgh with Jones Lang LaSalle, listed on the current Fortune 500 list, a commercial real estate firm where she had been brought on as an intern in the company's Washington ...
    • Illinois/Wisconsin briefs - Dubuque Telegraph Herald May 29, 2016
      Illinois/Wisconsin briefsDubuque Telegraph HeraldLou Lang announced an agreement late Friday with the Republican governor to extend Illinois' four-year pilot program to 2020. It had been set to end in 2018, but supporters argued more time was needed because medical cannabis sales just started in ...and more »
    • GOP: Dems must defy leaders who 'pulled the plug' on budget - Chicago Sun-Times May 27, 2016
      Chicago Sun-TimesGOP: Dems must defy leaders who 'pulled the plug' on budgetChicago Sun-TimesLou Lang, D-Skokie. “This is b——-,” Sandack screamed as several other House Republicans also exchanged words with Democrats about the vote. Many lawmakers say they were caught off guard by Madigan's proposals because they have been struggling ...House […]
    • Performing and Fine Arts High School at LHS hosts fundraiser - Eagle-Tribune May 27, 2016
      Performing and Fine Arts High School at LHS hosts fundraiserEagle-TribuneLAWRENCE — Friday night at Lawrence High School, the PFA theater company will host a Broadway Revue Night featuring alumni and current students. "It is going to be a wonderful opportunity to review all of the shows the PFA theater department has put ...
    • Editorial: State needs budget, but gets rhetoric and a useless tug-of-war - Jacksonville Journal Courier May 26, 2016
      Jacksonville Journal CourierEditorial: State needs budget, but gets rhetoric and a useless tug-of-warJacksonville Journal CourierBut that's what happens when the Democrat-controlled Legislature falls lock-step with its powerful chiefs. It abdicates its responsibilities and tries to poison the well to justify the actions. Skokie Democratic representative […]
    • Illinois House Approves Budget Plan; Will Govenor Sign It? - MyStateline.com May 26, 2016
      MyStateline.comIllinois House Approves Budget Plan; Will Govenor Sign It?MyStateline.comLou Lang (D-16th). The debate was cut short by a procedural motion leaving Republicans furious and helpless. Republicans left the chamber protesting the way Democrats pushed the bill through over Republican objections. "This just has a smell, a foul ...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.


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