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      Chicago TribuneDemocrats send temporary budget to SenateThe SouthernLou Lang, D-Skokie, called GOP lawmakers "minions" and "enablers" of the Republican chief executive. Republican state Rep. Chad Hays, R-Catlin, called the spectacle a "clown show." Lang said the governor spent the campaign season and his first six ...Madigan ups […]
    • Campaign cash flows from medical marijuana interests to state Rep. Lou Lang - Reboot Illinois June 15, 2015
      Reboot IllinoisCampaign cash flows from medical marijuana interests to state Rep. Lou LangReboot IllinoisLou Lang isn't a household name, but the veteran state legislator is well known to many as the driving force behind one of the biggest changes to Illinois' law books in decades: The legalization of medical marijuana. He's also been showered […]
    • Niagara County Real Estate Transactions - Buffalo News August 2, 2015
      Niagara County Real Estate TransactionsBuffalo NewsColonial Drive, Andrea Lang; John Paul W. Lang; Andrea R. Wagner to Scott E. King; Angela K. King, $98,000. NEWFANE ... Cleveland Ave., Ricardo Garfalo; Mary Lou Garfalo; Venessa Sanchez; Anthony Garfalo to Hilborn Duncan, $63,000. • 530 10th St.
    • Legislative Checklist August 2015 - WUIS 91.9 August 1, 2015
      Legislative Checklist August 2015WUIS 91.9While the fight over the state's budget got most of the attention, lawmakers did approve several bills during the regular legislative session. Democratic leaders put a hold on sending much of the legislation lawmakers approved to Gov. Bruce Rauner's ...
    • Letters Sunday: Hypocrisy abounds in Springfield - Chicago Sun-Times July 10, 2015
      Chicago Sun-TimesLetters Sunday: Hypocrisy abounds in SpringfieldChicago Sun-TimesLou Lang has the audacity to call the Republicans “lemmings.” If that isn't the textbook “pot calling the kettle black,” then I don't know what is. There isn't one person in Springfield that has the guts to stand up for their own convictions, and that ...and more […]
    • BOWLING: Rob Wells rocks 290, 814 in Summer Adult/Child League - The Daily Freeman August 1, 2015
      BOWLING: Rob Wells rocks 290, 814 in Summer Adult/Child LeagueThe Daily FreemanSUMMER ADULT/CHILD—Rob Wells 290-279-245—814, John Kayden 246-244-235—725, Lawrence Lang 266-237—720, Mike Mowry 279-266—718, Donnie Winters 259-245—706, Rick VanScoyk 236—654, Troy Kennedy 636, Rusty Mackey 266—620, ...
    • Full Show 5/15/15 (Felipe Esparza, IL House Leader Lou Lang, Aly Jados) - WGN Radio May 18, 2015
      WGN RadioFull Show 5/15/15 (Felipe Esparza, IL House Leader Lou Lang, Aly Jados)WGN RadioPatti kicks off the show by riding sidecar with Elliott Serrano and Esmeralda Leon. Then, comedian Felipe Esparza swings by to talk about his upcoming shows and more. Later, IL house leader Lou Lang talks to Patti about her recent trips downstate and ...
    • The Edinburgh Fringe: An Expat Decodes the World's Largest Arts Festival - Wall Street Journal (blog) July 30, 2015
      Wall Street Journal (blog)The Edinburgh Fringe: An Expat Decodes the World's Largest Arts FestivalWall Street Journal (blog)My comedy picks are Lou Sanders, Tim Key, Cariad & Paul and Austentatious. My top theater shows this ... The International Festival includes big-name musicians Lang Lang and Sufjan Stevens and Scottish playwright David Greig. E […]
    • The business of medical marijuana - Crain's Chicago Business March 21, 2015
      Crain's Chicago BusinessThe business of medical marijuanaCrain'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,” says Lang, who ...Illinois lawm […]
    • Illinois lawmakers quick to say Blagojevich not getting out of prison any time ... - Chicago Tribune July 21, 2015
      Chicago TribuneIllinois lawmakers quick to say Blagojevich not getting out of prison any time ...Chicago TribuneLou Lang, D-Skokie, said the ruling reopened a wound that Illinois has tried to move beyond, but said he had faith in the court system. "He's still convicted on nine other counts, going to be re-tried on five counts. I'd say the dist […]
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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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