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    • On Mike Madigan's watch... - Chicago Tribune August 3, 2017
      Chicago TribuneOn Mike Madigan's watch...Chicago TribuneIllinois House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie). (Posted by David Ormsby, Community Contributor). Eric Zorn. For my Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 column, I reached out to the leading Democratic gubernatorial candidates to ask for their responses to ...and more »
    • What Happened to Illinois's Medical Cannabis Advisory Board? - Chicagomag.com August 10, 2017
      Chicagomag.comWhat Happened to Illinois's Medical Cannabis Advisory Board?Chicagomag.comLast spring, three advocates for the state's medical marijuana program received a call from Democratic State Representative Lou Lang, the architect of Illinois's medical cannabis pilot program. Lang told the group, which included Leslie Mendoza Temple ...an […]
    • Special Session Day 3: Education funding bill sets up another tax increase, lawmaker warns - Illinois News Network July 29, 2017
      Illinois News NetworkSpecial Session Day 3: Education funding bill sets up another tax increase, lawmaker warnsIllinois News NetworkLou Lang, D-Chicago, said after the House adjourned for the weekend. "Some schools in the state will open for a few months without state money, some may open all year. Some won't open at all." Lang blamed Rauner f […]
    • Postcard to Boston: Wish you were here, legislators - Chicago Tribune August 7, 2017
      Chicago TribunePostcard to Boston: Wish you were here, legislatorsChicago TribuneEmanuel Chris Welch, D-Hillside, in a Twitter post with a photo of him and Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, inside the Boston Red Sox's famed stadium Sunday. Yet the public schools in Welch's and Lang's districts likely won't receive timely payments from the ...and m […]
    • Illinois Democrats rally at Chairman's Brunch at State Fair - WLS-TV August 17, 2017
      WLS-TVIllinois Democrats rally at Chairman's Brunch at State FairWLS-TV"This group of 1800 would tell you that we've had no organizers ever that have been as good to the Democratic Party as Bruce Rauner and Donald Trump," said Illinois Rep. Lou Lang (D) of Skokie. Part of that effort clearly will involve trying to ...and more »
    • Morning Spin: Rauner repeats erroneous tax assessment charge against Speaker Madigan - Chicago Tribune August 15, 2017
      Chicago TribuneMorning Spin: Rauner repeats erroneous tax assessment charge against Speaker MadiganChicago TribuneRep. Lou Lang, a Democrat from Skokie who serves as a top deputy on Madigan's leadership team, called the allegation “a huge stretch.” “The levy is the levy. This does not take away a single dollar from the school district,” Lang said. “It […]
    • New Do Your Job, Inc. digital ad: “Serious people are questioning whether Governor Rauner has lost it” - The Capitol Fax Blog (blog) August 1, 2017
      New Do Your Job, Inc. digital ad: “Serious people are questioning whether Governor Rauner has lost it”The Capitol Fax Blog (blog)As Senate Bill 1 heads to Governor Rauner's desk, Do Your Job, Inc. is asking him to get a grip, do his job and sign the bill. After decades of talks around reforming the state's education formula, Senate Bill 1 is the on […]
    • David Ormsby - Suburban Chicagoland August 18, 2017
      Suburban ChicagolandDavid OrmsbySuburban Chicagoland... Home Association, Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association, TASC, Inc., United HealthCare Illinois, Goldberg, Weisman & Cairo, LLC, DelGaldo Law Group, City of Chicago Heights, City of Berwyn, House Deputy Majority Lou Lang, State Rep.
    • Education Funding Reform Bill Sent To Governor Rauner - eNews Park Forest August 1, 2017
      eNews Park ForestEducation Funding Reform Bill Sent To Governor RaunereNews Park ForestSchool District 163 average property tax bill, education funding reform A breakdown of the average property tax bill for Park Forest residents of School District 163 shows that 55% of taxes collected go to school districts. (Park Forest 2017-2018 Budget).and more »
    • Representative Lou Lang on the Illinois budget impasse: “It's part of an orchestrated decision by the Rauner ... - WGN Radio June 15, 2017
      WGN RadioRepresentative Lou Lang on the Illinois budget impasse: “It's part of an orchestrated decision by the Rauner ...WGN RadioSome are embarrassed that the state of Illinois is being pulled from the lottery. And the Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that all construction in Illinois may stop if there is still no budget by the end o […]
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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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