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Potential Coronavirus Outbreak at Rantoul Foods

As of Monday, May 4th, 32 employees at Rantoul Foods have tested positive for COVID-19. Rantoul Foods, one of the largest meat processing plants in central Illinois, processes between 30 to 35 million pounds of pork each month. The first case at the facility was discovered on April 25, according to the company’s director of […]

Sandy Loeb Received Leading Lawyers Recognitions

One of our partners at Spiros Law, P.C., Sandy Loeb, was recognized as being among the Top 100 Downstate Illinois Leading Consumer Lawyers, as well as being a part of the Top 10 Downstate Illinois Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. In the Leading Lawyers May 2019 edition, Sandy was interviewed and written about, revealing achievements from her […]

Spiros attorney Sandra Loeb wins temporary disability appeal on behalf of client in Champaign

This week, partner, Sandra Loeb of Spiros Law helped an injured worker in Champaign recover an additional $13,446.79 in temporary disability benefits in a successful appeal of a worker’s compensation claim. At Spiros Law, our experienced worker’s compensation attorneys believe in helping our clients recover the rightful compensation they deserve even if it means going […]

Governor Rauner proposes measures seeking to improve business

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner recently presented proposed amendments to the state’s workers’ compensation system that aim to “rebalance the fee schedule to find savings while protecting access to quality care and still compensating providers fairly.” This has spurred the state House of Representatives Democratic Caucus to draft specific resolutions to make this possible. “While we […]

Florida workers’ compensation panel asks for creation of drug formulary

A state workers’ compensation advisory panel, called the Three-Member Panel, voted on Wednesday, January 4 to ask the Florida Legislature to look into creating a drug formulary to keep medical costs in check. The panel lays down policies on reimbursements and payment levels for health care providers, pharmacists, and medical suppliers who work with workers’ […]

Madigan shares thoughts on state workers’ compensation status

Illinois House of Representatives Speaker Michael J. Madigan’s spokesperson, Steve Brown, has repeatedly said that insurance companies in the state are hoarding cost savings. There has yet to be concrete proof of anti-trust violations, including violations of provisions of the Sherman Act of 1890, the Clayton Act of 1914, and the Federal Trade Commission Act […]

More Bad News for the Illinois Business Scene

According to the 2016 Oregon Workers’ Compensation Premium Rate Ranking study, Illinois was ranked as the most expensive state in the Midwest in terms of workers’ compensation costs, and is tied with Oklahoma as the seventh-most expensive state in the United States. Aside from that, the study reveals that Illinois is not an attractive site […]

Illinois works on modernizing workers’ compensation filing systems

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission is embarking on an endeavor to modernize 40-year-old paper filing systems; one lawyer said that such a move will bring only minimal improvements to the system as a whole, however. Gene Keefe, a 30-year practitioner of civil litigation, is optimistic that the plan to invest in updated technology translates to […]

Business interest groups frustrated by high cost of workers’ compensation in Illinois

Groups looking out for the interests of businesses said the high cost of workers’ compensation will continue to impede the growth of industry in Illinois, which will reduce state revenue growth. Illinois Manufacturers’ Association Vice President and Chief Operations Officer Mark Denzler said an Oregon study published in 2014 showed that Illinois employers have been […]

Illinois reports progress on workers’ compensation fraud investigations

Illinois Department of Insurance Deputy Director of Investigations William Blumthal, Jr. provided an update about their agency’s efforts to battle workers’ compensation insurance fraud. His comments came at the 2016 Illinois Self Insurers’ Association 38th Annual educational seminar and membership meeting on Saturday, October 15. According to Blumthal, the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud believes there […]