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Judge Barberis’ decision on workers’ compensation overturned

Illinois appellate judges from each district ruled that Madison County Circuit Judge John Barberis’ decision on claimant Diane Patterson’s injury be overturned because the court has no jurisdiction on the case. Initially, the court ruled Patterson’s injury was not the result of a work-related accident in the Collinsville Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. Justice Thomas Hoffman (First District) […]

Illinois Governor Rauner references AG in workers’ compensation debacle

During a press conference on September 19, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner said “Even our attorney general [Lisa Madigan] who is a strong Democrat, she has said that we need causation in our workers’ comp system. That’s the No. 1 thing pushing our manufacturing jobs out of Illinois.” Rauner has long been an advocate for lowering the rates […]

Illinois denies ‘popcorn lung’ workers’ compensation case

The Illinois Fourth District Appellate Court’s Workers’ Compensation Commission Division rejected a claim brought forward by Michael Durbin on Sunday, July 17. Durbin is a former employee of the Chicago-based global food processing company Archer Daniels Midland. After retiring in 2003 at age 48 after working at the factory for 30 years, Durbin said he […]