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    • House passes budget that gov's office dubbed 'phoniest phony' - Chicago Sun-Times May 26, 2016
      Chicago Sun-TimesHouse passes budget that gov's office dubbed 'phoniest phony'Chicago Sun-TimesLou Lang, D-Skokie, shouting “This is b——-.” Many Republicans were also upset that the debate was cut short. During the nearly 45-minute debate, Lang said Rauner continues to put his “personal political agenda ahead of the people of the state of ...H […]
    • Editorial: State needs budget, but gets rhetoric and a useless tug-of-war - Alton Telegraph May 25, 2016
      Editorial: State needs budget, but gets rhetoric and a useless tug-of-warAlton TelegraphBut 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 Lou Lang went so far last ...and more » […]
    • A team paddles in a past Lou Marcel Canoe Race. - The Harvell gazette May 26, 2016
      A team paddles in a past Lou Marcel Canoe Race.The Harvell gazetteThis year's race, hosted by the Crescent Yacht Club, will benefit Veterans Northeast Outreach Center in Haverhill. The event will happen rain or shine. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and opening ceremonies are at 9 a.m. behind the Essex County ...
    • Fun and games while Illinois burns - Chicago Tribune May 23, 2016
      Chicago TribuneFun and games while Illinois burnsChicago TribuneLou Lang of Skokie, one of Madigan's top allies, told a Springfield reporter, "It's entirely possible that we won't have a budget during the governor's term in office." Politicians are not known for being honest, but in this case I'd contend that ...and more » […]
    • 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.Graduate […]
    • Rep. Lang Calls On Sen. Kirk To Act - FOX Illinois May 3, 2016
      FOX IllinoisRep. Lang Calls On Sen. Kirk To ActFOX IllinoisWASHINGTON, DC (WRSP) — State Representative Lou Lang is sending a message to Illinois Senator Mark Kirk. In a press conference Monday, Lang says Kirk is not doing his job when it comes to confirming President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, ...and more »
    • 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 ...What you need to know abou […]
    • BOWLING: Dave Schussler, Keith Merritt get 300 games - The Daily Freeman May 23, 2016
      BOWLING: Dave Schussler, Keith Merritt get 300 gamesThe Daily FreemanFATHER AND SON—Lawrence Lang 238-236-279—753, Kerry Boughton 268-245-237—750, Paul Scism Jr. 237-245—710, Kevin Hines 254—680, Jared Knox 255—658, Virgil Helzer III 278—655, Keith Hines 238—637, Ryan Hartrum 236—620, Ralph Perez ... Keith ...
    • A Guide to the NY Phil Biennial From Our Critics and Reporters - New York Times May 19, 2016
      New York TimesA Guide to the NY Phil Biennial From Our Critics and ReportersNew York Times... in the faculty and alumni of the Yale School of Music on May 25 at the Greene Space in Lower Manhattan. Distinguished students of the school's past (Charles Ives) and present (Hilary Purrington) share the program with works by Martin Bresnick ...
    • The ultimate guide to summer concerts in Northern California - San Francisco Chronicle May 20, 2016
      San Francisco ChronicleThe ultimate guide to summer concerts in Northern CaliforniaSan Francisco ChronicleLou Gramm (June 17), Blue Oyster Cult (June 24), the Tubes (July 1), the Family Stone (July 8), Gregg Rolie (July 15), Toad the Wet Sprocket (July 22), Taylor Dayne (July 29), Y&T (Aug. 5), Foghat (Aug. ... Eric Bibb, Harry Belafonte, Neko Case-k.d . […]
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Illinois Medicaid, Pension Costs Will Push Illinois Bill Backlog to $35 Billion in 5 Years

(Springfield, IL) – A new report released Monday from the Civic Federation, a Chicago-based nonpartisan policy group that focuses on state spending, predicts Illinois’ Medicaid costs will skyrocket over the next five years.

Laurence Msall, federation president, said lawmakers and governors have spent Illinois into a deep hole by expanding Medicaid, which provides health-care coverage to low-income families.

“What is most frightening is that even after the income tax, the state was not able to pass a budget to fully fund Medicaid,” Msall said, referring to a 67 percent personal income tax increase and a 48 percent corporate income tax increase in January 2011.

But even with that additional revenue, Illinois lawmakers still had to pay more than $1 billion in 2011 Medicaid bills.

The Civic Federation report paints a grim picture for Medicaid spending:

  • Illinois is on pace to spend a total of nearly $14 billion on Medicaid this year
  • Illinois’ Medicaid costs are expected to increase 41 percent over the next five years.
  • Gov. Pat Quinn is budgeting only a 13 percent spending increase.

Illinois will see as many as 296,000 new people enroll in Medicaid once the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act takes effect in 2014.

Under the new law, which is designed to make health care and insurance more accessible, the federal government will pay 100 percent of the cost of new Medicaid patients for two years. After 2016, Illinois will have to pay 50 percent of the costs.

The Civic Federation report also details increases in pension spending from $5.7 billion this year to $7.8 billion in 2017, and unpaid bills from $8.6 billion this year to $34.5 billion in five years.

Msall added that Medicaid spending is the biggest single cost for state government. The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services expects to spend a total of $14 billion on Medicaid this year, that includes both state and federal dollars.

The Civic Federation report calculates pension spending to rise 35 percent over five years, while Medicaid spending is expected to jump 41 percent.

By Benjamin Yount/Illinois Statehouse News

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