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    • Meet the legislator who brought medical marijuana to Illinois - Crain's Chicago Business March 21, 2015
      Crain's Chicago BusinessMeet the legislator who brought medical marijuana to IllinoisCrain's Chicago BusinessRep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, has championed medical marijuana in Illinois since 2009, when a group of advocates showed up at his Springfield office in wheelchairs, walkers and with IV bags to plead their case. “It tugged at my heartstrings,” say […]
    • Reps Fine and Lang host 'Coffee and Conversation' - Chicago Tribune March 27, 2015
      Reps Fine and Lang host 'Coffee and Conversation'Chicago TribuneFine will be joined by state Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie. Poll workers needed in Cook County for April 7 election. Pioneer Press Staff. Cook County Clerk David Orr is recruiting poll workers to serve in select areas in north and northwest suburban Cook ...
    • Phil Eaton: Illinois can't arrest, treat or bury its way out of heroin epidemic - The State Journal-Register March 28, 2015
      The State Journal-RegisterPhil Eaton: Illinois can't arrest, treat or bury its way out of heroin epidemicThe State Journal-RegisterLou Lang, D-Skokie, and Rep. John Anthony, R-Plainfield. This bill, which would cost some $25 million to implement in our cash-strapped state, confirms what capacity-challenged treatment centers knew long ago: Illinois can […]
    • Weekend: Places to go and things to do in Northeast Pennsylvania - Scranton Times-Tribune March 28, 2015
      Weekend: Places to go and things to do in Northeast PennsylvaniaScranton Times-TribuneROCK 107 35TH BIRTHDAY BASH: with Lou Gramm, April 23, the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre. CATHEDRAL OF ST. PETER SACRED CONCERT SERIES:the Lyric Consort: Corpus Christi — The Body of Christ, April 24, ... KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD BAND & JONNY ...
    • Prescription lockdown - Illinois Times March 26, 2015
      Illinois TimesPrescription lockdownIllinois TimesEarlier this month, House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang, D-Skokie, and Rep. John Anthony, R-Morris, introduced their own proposal to combat the spread of prescription opioid abuse. Lang led a bipartisan 37-member House task force on the Illinois ...
    • CLUB CALENDAR - The Providence Journal March 26, 2015
      CLUB CALENDARThe Providence Journal213-6615. 7-10 pm. Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys, bluegrass, Common Fence Point Community Hall, 933 Anthony Rd., Portsmouth. 683-5085 ..... 8 pm-midnight. Rock-A-Blues, rock, Skyline Lounge, Lang's Bowlarama, 225 Niantic Ave., Cranston. 944-0500 ...and more »
    • Commercial real estate notes - STLtoday.com March 27, 2015
      Commercial real estate notesSTLtoday.comNAI Desco represented Show-Me Home Delivery Inc. in the lease of 80,640 square feet of industrial space at 2001 Innerbelt Business Center Drive, Overland, from BCL-St. Louis LLC, represented by Jones Lang LaSalle. CBRE represented parties in these ...
    • State lawmakers target airlines' controversial fuel purchasing offices - Crain's Chicago Business March 19, 2015
      Chicago TribuneState lawmakers target airlines' controversial fuel purchasing officesCrain's Chicago BusinessLou Lang, D-Skokie, has introduced legislation that calls for levying sales taxes on jet fuel at the “place where the fuel or petroleum products are delivered to the aircraft,” according to an online copy of the bill. Such language means car […]
    • TGIF: Happenings -- what's coming up in Northeast Ohio starting March 27 - The Morning Journal March 25, 2015
      TGIF: Happenings -- what's coming up in Northeast Ohio starting March 27The Morning Journal... DJ Fred Gunn of Hiram Maxim, April 15; Oliver Mtukudzi & The Black Spirits, Hybrid Shakedown, Sufjan Stevens, Cold Specks, Sales, Leah Lou and The Two Left Shoes, Small Wood House, April 16; Lightning Bolt, Metz, Chomp, Mark McGuire, Watchword ...and more  […]
    • This is the year to expand casino gambling - Chicago Tribune March 20, 2015
      This is the year to expand casino gamblingChicago TribuneLou Lang, D-Skokie, who was the leader on gambling legislation before Rita took over, managed to pass a casino expansion bill out of the House and Senate, but it was so full of perks for every area of the state that Gov. Pat Quinn thought it was ...
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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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