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    • Medical pot extension bill passes in the House - Chicago Sun-Times April 22, 2015
      Chicago Sun-TimesMedical pot extension bill passes in the HouseChicago Sun-TimesLou Lang, D-Skokie, who sponsored the extension and has championed the state's medical marijuana law, said he's hopeful the bill will make it through the Senate and that Gov. Bruce Rauner will sign it — allowing the delayed medical marijuana program ...House passes exte […]
    • Marijuana shop looks likely for Mokena - Chicago Tribune April 21, 2015
      Marijuana shop looks likely for MokenaChicago TribuneLou Lang. He sponsored the original legislation establishing the pilot program, which is scheduled for automatic repeal on Jan. 1, 2018. Lang's bill would extend the program four years from when the first dispensary begins officially operating ...
    • Protected: SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS ... - The Capitol Fax Blog (blog) April 21, 2015
      Protected: SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS ...The Capitol Fax Blog (blog)Lang wins extension for long-delayed medical marijuana program in bipartisan vote shar.es/1ppvtj via @SJRbreaking #twill. by State Rep. Lou Lang via twitter 4:58 PM. Testimony from the Illinois Automobile Dealers association #sentransportation on sb […]
    • Bass, winter flounder bite picking up - Asbury Park Press April 21, 2015
      Asbury Park PressBass, winter flounder bite picking upAsbury Park PressDan Lang, Point Pleasant weighed in a 2-pound, 4-ounce flattie. Dennis Palmatier at Murphy's Hook House in Toms ... Lou Spataro weighed in a 21/2-pound winter flounder he caught on blood worms in Mantoloking. Finally, a slight correction. At Thursday's ...
    • Revisiting the Bottom Line: An Interview with Allan Pepper, Plus Jon Regen and ... - Huffington Post April 21, 2015
      Huffington PostRevisiting the Bottom Line: An Interview with Allan Pepper, Plus Jon Regen and ...Huffington Post"The title track of my new Motéma album Stop Time is an example of how you just never know when and where a song will show up. In the fall of 2013, I had just finished performing on the London Jazz Festival when a friend of mine, noted British […]
    • Heroin forum focuses on next steps in fight against drug's use - Chicago Tribune April 11, 2015
      Chicago TribuneHeroin forum focuses on next steps in fight against drug's useChicago TribuneLou Lang, D-Skokie, was on hand Friday to offer what's next in the fight against heroin. Lang is sponsoring the state's Heroin Crisis Act, which would expand drug court programs, create the nation's first drug take-back program for pharmacies, requ […]
    • Will Illinois legalize weed? - RedEye Chicago April 20, 2015
      RedEye ChicagoWill Illinois legalize weed?RedEye ChicagoLou Lang, D-Skokie, an outspoken advocate of Illinois' medical marijuana law. It's too soon for that kind of thing, he said. "My concern is mostly on the bureaucracy of it all," Lang told RedEye. "The issue here is what can the state handle? What can ...
    • AT&T Lights Up Gigapower Gigabit Internet Service In Chicago 'Burbs - Hot Hardware April 21, 2015
      Hot HardwareAT&T Lights Up Gigapower Gigabit Internet Service In Chicago 'BurbsHot HardwareCongratulations to residents of Chicago, who now have access to AT&T's blazing fast Gigapower broadband Internet service. Like Google's Fiber service, U-verse with AT&T Gigapower offers up to 1-gigabit per second downloads and uploads, which  […]
    • THE BOOK OF MORMON, MATILDA & More Set for Wharton Center's 2015-16 ... - Broadway World April 21, 2015
      THE BOOK OF MORMON, MATILDA & More Set for Wharton Center's 2015-16 ...Broadway WorldThe 2015-2016 season would not be complete without a lineup of world-renowned performing artists such as KRISTIN CHENOWETH, Emmy® and Tony Award® - winning actress and singer; LANG LANG, the inspirational pianist who captivates audiences with his ...and more »
    • Real estate transactions: April 20, 2015 - Bradenton Herald April 20, 2015
      Real estate transactions: April 20, 2015Bradenton Herald$504,000 Sparks Mary Lou to Lubitski Craig J, Lubitski Dianne E, Riverdale Revised, O.R. Book 02563 Page 7128, April 9. $490,000 Yates William J, Yates Joan G, Henderson Edith L, Yates Edith L, Yates Helen V to Kanzler James A, ... $423,000 Rankin John ...
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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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