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    • House Democrats propose graduated income tax plan - Chicago Sun-Times April 16, 2016
      Chicago Sun-TimesHouse Democrats propose graduated income tax planChicago Sun-TimesLou Lang, D-Skokie, filed Friday — which will only work if Illinois voters approve a constitutional amendment to reform the tax code — most married taxpayers would pay 3.5 percent for income of $200,000 or less; 3.75 percent on income between $200 ...Is it time for a graduated […]
    • It's time for Illinois to graduate to a progressive income tax - Chicago Tribune April 28, 2016
      Chicago TribuneIt's time for Illinois to graduate to a progressive income taxChicago TribuneLou Lang of Skokie, is shown on the House floor in June 2015. Lang has sponsored a bill that would tax individuals with an annual income over $500,000 at 8.75 percent. (Justin L. Fowler, State Journal-Register). Eric ZornContact ReporterChange of Subject.April 28 […]
    • Graduated tax good idea for Illinois, experts say - Quad City Times May 1, 2016
      Quad City TimesGraduated tax good idea for Illinois, experts sayQuad City TimesLou Lang, D-Skokie, has proposed a new structure that would lower taxes for more than 99 percent of taxpayers while raising the rate on individual income of more than $1 million from 3.75 percent to 9.75 percent. The plan would bring in an additional ...and more »
    • Constitutional amendments face a deadline this week - The State Journal-Register May 1, 2016
      Constitutional amendments face a deadline this weekThe State Journal-RegisterLou Lang, D-Skokie, has introduced legislation that sets the rates that would go into effect under a graduated income tax. But first, the state Constitution has to be amended to eliminate the provision that requires a flat income tax rate and allow for ...and more »
    • Rauner turns to privatization push during second year in office - Chicago Tribune April 30, 2016
      Chicago TribuneRauner turns to privatization push during second year in officeChicago TribuneLast month, Lang tried to dig into the not-for-profit's operations, organizing an oversight committee to question state officials about the arrangement. Schultz said the company's role would be limited to identifying opportunities and incentives and ...and […]
    • Heroin abuse summit draws hundreds from Will-DuPage area - Chicago Tribune April 29, 2016
      Chicago TribuneHeroin abuse summit draws hundreds from Will-DuPage areaChicago TribuneDurkin and Lang, during a news conference prior to the summit, noted a bipartisan effort led to creation of the act, following Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of Lang's original bill. Rauner had objected to having the state pay for Medicaid for those seeking ...Will Coun […]
    • High school scores & schedule (May 1) - Buffalo News May 1, 2016
      High school scores & schedule (May 1)Buffalo NewsNT (5-6): Lou Medina 6 IP, win; solo HR. North Tonawanda at Roy-Hart. Panama at Pine Valley, 1 p.m. .... Distance medley: Lockport (Johnny Lang, Scott Anderson, Jack Strobel, Chris Sims) 10:35.3. 4x200: Niagara Falls (Tariq Taul, Roshain Wallace ...
    • Summer Movie Release Schedule 2016 - New York Times April 29, 2016
      Summer Movie Release Schedule 2016New York Times... cats and other companion animals lead their own lives. In this animated comedy, Max the terrier (the voice of Louis C. K.) runs into real problems when his human mom brings home Duke (Eric Stonestreet), a huge brute from the pound. The voice cast ...
    • Progressive-tax proposal would favor corporations over small businesses, give Illinois 2nd-highest small business ... - Illinois Policy April 22, 2016
      Illinois PolicyProgressive-tax proposal would favor corporations over small businesses, give Illinois 2nd-highest small business ...Illinois PolicyState Rep. Lou Lang's progressive-tax scheme would put successful small businesses in Illinois on the defensive, not just against small businesses in other states but also against corporate competitors in Ill […]
    • Club Calendar - The Providence Journal April 29, 2016
      The Providence JournalClub CalendarThe Providence JournalSteve Smith and The Nakeds: rhythm and blues, Skyline Lounge, Lang's Bowlarama, 225 Niantic Ave., Cranston. 944-0500, langsbowlarama.com. .... The Original Blues DeVille Open Jam: Lou's Cafe, 47 Summer St., Manville. 762-9741. 7:45 p.m.. Riverside ...
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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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