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    • Fortuna Garden Club honors 67 years of leadership - Eureka Times Standard February 17, 2018
      Eureka Times StandardFortuna Garden Club honors 67 years of leadershipEureka Times StandardPast presidents honored were: Judy Scoma, president from 2004 to 2006 and a member of the Fortuna Garden Club for 17 years; Claudia Rogers, president from 2009 to 2011 and a member of the Fortuna Garden Club for 14 years; Mary Lou Lang and Bev Ward, co ...
    • Top Madigan Aide Fired - Alton Daily News February 13, 2018
      Alton Daily NewsTop Madigan Aide FiredAlton Daily News“One just has to wonder if this is why we didn't have a legislative inspector general for three-plus years under Speaker Madigan and [Deputy Majority Leader] Lou Lang,” Wehrli said. “They simply didn't want things like this investigated and this could ...and more »
    • Gov. Rauner lays out ambitious goals for budget - The State Journal-Register February 10, 2018
      The State Journal-RegisterGov. Rauner lays out ambitious goals for budgetThe State Journal-RegisterLou Lang, D-Skokie, immediately took to social media to repudiate that. “I'll say on the record. Governor Rauner is lying,” Lang wrote. “In no way or form did Speaker Madigan say or hint to House Democrats that he wants a budget stalemate repeated ...and m […]
    • Rauner will lay out ambitious goals for budget in Wednesday speech - SaukValley.com February 13, 2018
      SaukValley.comRauner will lay out ambitious goals for budget in Wednesday speechSaukValley.comLou Lang, D-Skokie, immediately took to social media to repudiate that. “I'll say on the record. Governor Rauner is lying,” Lang wrote. “In no way or form did Speaker Madigan say or hint to House Democrats that he wants a budget stalemate repeated ...and more » […]
    • State Rep. Laura Fine Endorses Jen Gong-Gershowitz - Patch.com February 13, 2018
      Patch.comState Rep. Laura Fine Endorses Jen Gong-GershowitzPatch.comGong-Gershowitz is also endorsed by Congressman Brad Schneider, Illinois AFL-CIO, the Chicago Federation of Labor, the Illinois Federation of Teachers, Equality Illinois, the Indo-American Democratic Organization, SEIU Local 73, AFSCME, Citizen Action ...
    • Top Madigan political aide fired over sexual harassment allegations - MDJOnline.com February 12, 2018
      MDJOnline.comTop Madigan political aide fired over sexual harassment allegationsMDJOnline.com“One just has to wonder if this is why we didn't have a legislative inspector general for three-plus years under Speaker Madigan and [Deputy Majority Leader] Lou Lang,” Wehrli said. “They simply didn't want things like this investigated and this could ... […]
    • Moylan To Back ERA Ratification - Journal & Topics Newspapers Online February 3, 2018
      Moylan To Back ERA RatificationJournal & Topics Newspapers OnlineThough both Illinois houses have passed ERA by a majority vote, the state requires a three-fifths supermajority to ratify the amendment. Now that Moylan is on board, local activists are working on the next steps to making ERA ratification a reality in ...
    • Governor Rauner: The state of our state today is one of readiness - FOX Illinois February 1, 2018
      FOX IllinoisGovernor Rauner: The state of our state today is one of readinessFOX IllinoisNow it is time to finish the job." House Democrats responding immediately after the address, saying many of the accomplishments Rauner talked aren't actually his accomplishments. "Gov. Rauner has no accomplishments to point to," Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skoki […]
    • Rauner Tries To Sell Bipartisanship In State Of The State Address, But Few Are Buying - Peoria Public Radio February 1, 2018
      Peoria Public RadioRauner Tries To Sell Bipartisanship In State Of The State Address, But Few Are BuyingPeoria Public RadioNegotiators on both sides of the aisle tried to hammer out a plan, but Rauner was blamed for pulling the plug. Later, some in the GOP sided with Democrats to pass a budget and tax increase over Rauner's objections. "Springfield […]
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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.

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Calling on Gov. Quinn to Negotiate Gaming Bill, Rep. Lou Lang Says State Should Not Guarantee Casino Owner Profits

(Springfield, IL) — It’s a sure bet that gaming expansion will come up during the Illinois legislature’s fall veto session, but who will win and who will bust is uncertain.

A plan to add five casinos throughout the state, expand the number of places where people can make bets at each casino, and allow video gambling at horse tracks eked out of the Legislature this spring but stalled in the face of opposition from Governor Pat Quinn.

Quinn has criticized the legislation repeatedly, calling it “top heavy.”

“The bill that they have proposed has many, many defects, and it needs to be improved substantially,” Quinn said earlier this week. “I’m going to speak about this later this month, and we’ll lay out some principles that I think ought to be used for the Legislature when it comes to gambling.”

Lawmakers will return Oct. 25 to the state Capitol for the start of the two-week veto session.

State Sen. President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, has put a temporary hold on the gaming legislation, preventing it from going to Quinn, who could reject part or all of the package.

From the end of the spring session until now, Quinn and legislators have met to discuss the gaming legislation, said state Rep. Lou Lang D-Skokie, who sponsored the gaming package in the House.

“We’ve had a lot of conversations, but there’s been no negotiation. The governor’s office is unwilling to negotiate and unwilling to tell us exactly what he wants in a bill,” Lang said.

Quinn said he is concerned about oversaturation, referring to the 10 current casinos in Illinois.

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