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    • Dems, GOP Pour Big Money Into 20th State House Race - Journal & Topics Newspapers Online September 21, 2016
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      IL-WinnersChicago Daily HeraldGreg Harris (i), Dem. State House - District 14. Kelly Cassidy (i), Dem. State House - District 15. John D'Amico (i), Dem. State House - District 16. Lou Lang (i), Dem. State House - District 17. Laura Fine (i), Dem. State House - District 18. Robyn ...
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      Reboot IllinoisDNC diary: Rep. Lou Lang onReboot IllinoisBernie Sanders. While the revelations have led to the ouster of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and protests from Sanders' supporters, Illinois convention delegate and state Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, believes the Democratic Party's support for ...
    • Pain pill industry gives $5.15 million to Illinois politicians - Belleville News-Democrat September 18, 2016
      Belleville News-DemocratPain pill industry gives $5.15 million to Illinois politiciansBelleville News-DemocratLou Lang, a Democrat from Chicago and a major force behind bills fighting opioid and heroin addiction, also advised against seeing donations as a quid pro quo exchange between interest groups and politicians. “Some of the people and groups that make  […]
    • To compromise or not to compromise? - WGN Radio May 29, 2016
      WGN RadioTo compromise or not to compromise?WGN RadioTo compromise or not to compromise? Posted 12:10 PM, May 29, 2016, by jasminecooperwgn, Updated at 12:11pm, May 29, 2016. Facebook · Twitter · Google · Reddit · Pinterest · Email. Photo: WGN's Rick Pearson along with State Rep. Lou Lang inside the ...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 ...Madigan, Illinois Dems Pus […]
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      WSIUIllinois Issues: Legislative Checklist | WSIUWSIUGov. Bruce Rauner has taken action on hundreds of bills over the summer. He signed most of them into law, but he also made some high-profile vetoes.Illinois Issues: Legislative ChecklistPeoria Public Radioall 32 news articles »
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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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