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    • Illinois Rep. Lou Lang, left, and Gov. Bruce Rauner - Crain's Chicago Business (blog) August 5, 2015
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    • Chicago pols try to keep it all in the family - Crain's Chicago Business August 8, 2015
      Crain's Chicago BusinessChicago pols try to keep it all in the familyCrain's Chicago BusinessThat was the governor's response recently when I asked him about my report that as the state budget war developed last spring, House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang—a top lieutenant of Speaker Michael Madigan's—asked the Rauner folks if they could […]
    • Erickson: Budget impasse could make for a long winter - Bloomington Pantagraph August 30, 2015
      Chicago Sun-TimesErickson: Budget impasse could make for a long winterBloomington Pantagraph... Senate and face a possible veto by Rauner. As Illinois moves from summer into fall, few lawmakers are holding out much hope for a quick solution. "I think we may still be here when it begins to snow," said Deputy House Majority Leader Lou Lang, D ...Eric […]
    • Lang Moves To Reject Governor's Rollbacks To Anti-Heroin Bill - WUIS 91.9 August 26, 2015
      WUIS 91.9Lang Moves To Reject Governor's Rollbacks To Anti-Heroin BillWUIS 91.9Lou Lang says could be a model for the nation, in combating an uptick of opiod use. The end result requires school nurses and ambulances to be equipped with antidotes, mandates the state maintain a list of heroin-related deaths, and has doctors track ...Rauner dumps treatment […]
    • Budget fight ices funds for roads - Herald & Review (blog) August 30, 2015
      Budget fight ices funds for roadsHerald & Review (blog)"I think we may still be here when it begins to snow," said Deputy House Majority Leader Lou Lang, D-Skokie. HIGHER POWER: High-level talks between legislative leaders and Rauner have done little to move the needle when it comes to finding a way out of ...and more »
    • State: Highland Park doctor 'phonied up medical marijuana papers' for medical pot - Chicago Sun-Times August 29, 2015
      Chicago Sun-TimesState: Highland Park doctor 'phonied up medical marijuana papers' for medical potChicago Sun-TimesLou Lang, D-Skokie, who championed the medical marijuana program, said he thinks the governor is being “shortsighted.” “I also believe he is trying to make it look like he cares about these patients, but in fact a four-month extension […]
    • Ill. Gov. Removes Medicaid Coverage From Heroin Treatment Bill - WUNC August 27, 2015
      Ill. Gov. Removes Medicaid Coverage From Heroin Treatment BillWUNCSCHAPER: Democratic State Representative Lou Lang says 80 percent of those seeking treatment for opioid dependence in Illinois could qualify for Medicaid coverage. And he notes that the federal government would actually pick up much of that cost.and more »
    • Illinois Democrats gather for Democrat Day at State Fair - WREX-TV August 20, 2015
      WREX-TVIllinois Democrats gather for Democrat Day at State FairWREX-TVDemocratic Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie has criticized Gov. Bruce Rauner's reductions in spending for autism services, epilepsy patients and other social services. Lang spoke Thursday at the state fair's Democrat Day. Rauner campaigned on a "turnaround ...Democrats find common gr […]
    • Campaign cash flows from medical marijuana interests to state Rep. Lou Lang - Reboot Illinois June 15, 2015
      Reboot IllinoisCampaign cash flows from medical marijuana interests to state Rep. Lou LangReboot IllinoisLou Lang isn't a household name, but the veteran state legislator is well known to many as the driving force behind one of the biggest changes to Illinois' law books in decades: The legalization of medical marijuana. He's also been showered […]
    • Change is a good thing - Monadnock Ledger Transcript August 27, 2015
      Monadnock Ledger TranscriptChange is a good thingMonadnock Ledger TranscriptThe whole play is one continuous dialogue between just Lou and Stella, one of Lou's regulars, in just one location, a South Philadelphia dive bar with antiquated stools, a Flyers poster on the wall and a “Lou's” neon sign in the window, after the bar's ...
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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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