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    • The Pulse of Springfield: Representatives Feigenholtz and Kifowit and Leader Lou Lang on Michael Madigan - WGN Radio January 12, 2017
      WGN RadioThe Pulse of Springfield: Representatives Feigenholtz and Kifowit and Leader Lou Lang on Michael MadiganWGN RadioThen, State Representative Stephanie Kifowit joined the conversation to reflect on the remarks she made in front of the House before they voted Madigan in. Finally, Leader Lou Lang chimed in to try and help correct the narrative on who Mi […]
    • Regime change unlikely in elections in suburbs - Nadig Newspapers January 19, 2017
      Regime change unlikely in elections in suburbsNadig NewspapersIt's called the "Land of Lang," run by Democratic township Committeeman Lou Lang, who has been a state representative since 1987 and who is chairman of the local Caucus Party, which dominates the municipalities and the township. Lang has $1,095,981 ...and more »
    • Springfield's First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Aims To Remove Stigma - FOX Illinois January 10, 2017
      FOX IllinoisSpringfield's First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Aims To Remove StigmaFOX IllinoisRepresentative Lou Lang sponsored the medical marijuana bill in Illinois. He says since the program's inception, about 13,000 sick patients statewide have signed up, but there are a couple things he'd like to change. "How to get more revenue out […]
    • St. Andrews society remembers Auld Lang Syne composer at annual dinner - Aiken Standard January 22, 2017
      Aiken StandardSt. Andrews society remembers Auld Lang Syne composer at annual dinnerAiken StandardPiper Mark Hollingsworth, leads the presentation of the haggis, followed by sword bearer Carleton Brown, for and knife bearer Jann Smith, Scotch bearer Mary Lou Dewar, and haggis bearer Debbie Grinton during the 17th Annual Robert Burns Celebration at ...and mor […]
    • Patti Vasquez Live from Springfield: 1-12-2017 - WGN Radio January 12, 2017
      WGN RadioPatti Vasquez Live from Springfield: 1-12-2017WGN RadioFor starters, they heard about the day's inaguration of the state's 100th General Assembly from 3 major players in Springfield: Representative Sara Feigenholtz, Representative Stephanie Kifowit and Leader Lou Lang. Then, Tanikia Carpenter from Black ...and more »
    • Legislative session winding down; budget mess looms large - WREX-TV January 8, 2017
      Charlotte ObserverLegislative session winding down; budget mess looms largeWREX-TVHouse Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang of Skokie says if Rauner is willing to deal, a budget agreement could be worked out before the 100th General Assembly begins its work midweek. In the Senate, Assistant Republican Leader Sue Rezin (REH'-zihn) of ...Madigan preps for 17t […]
    • Madigan makes history while Illinois' middle class races toward extinction - Illinois Policy January 12, 2017
      Madigan makes history while Illinois' middle class races toward extinctionIllinois Policy... Mary Flowers, La Shawn Ford, Robyn Gabel, Jehan Gordon-Booth, LaToya Greenwood, Will Guzzardi, Michael Halpin, Sonya Harper, Gregory Harris, Elizabeth Hernandez, Jay Hoffman, Frances Ann Hurley, Thaddeus Jones, Stephanie Kifowit, Lou Lang, ...and more »
    • Property tax freeze faces opposition - Illinois News Network January 9, 2017
      Illinois News NetworkProperty tax freeze faces oppositionIllinois News NetworkA number of state lawmakers, not to mention local governments across the state, don't want to see a cap on automatic property tax increases. State Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, is among them. He worries about shorting local schools and micro-managing local ...and more »
    • JUF honors Illinois Rep. Lou Lang - Jewish United Fund December 14, 2016
      Jewish United FundJUF honors Illinois Rep. Lou LangJewish United FundLou Lang image Pictured (from left): Jewish Community Relations Council Chair David Golder; JUF President Dr. Steven B. Nasatir; Rep. Lou Lang; JUF Associate Vice President, Government & Community Partnerships Suzanne Strassberger; JUF Chairman ...and more »
    • Jim Dey: Budget standoff rages on - Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette January 3, 2017
      Jim Dey: Budget standoff rages onChampaign/Urbana News-GazetteLast year, during a speech at a public employees union rally, one of Madigan's key assistants, state Rep. Lou Lang, said Democrats were prepared to wait four years before giving an inch to Rauner on the budget. Interpreted as hyperbole at the time ...and more »
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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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