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Illinois appellate court rules in favor of employer; says workers’ comp enough to cover for employee’s complaints

The First District Appellate Court on Tuesday, March 8 ruled in favor of the employer in a case that covers the application of the exclusive remedy provisions of the Workers’ Compensation Act in claims alleging intentional torts. In Locasto v. City of Chicago, fireman Locasto filed a civic claim seeking damages for an intentional tort […]


Durkin says Illinois Congress can agree on things, starting with workers’ compensation provisions

Monday, February 22, Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R) announced at the City Club of Chicago that the workers’ compensation system might be an area where the House and Senate can find “common ground” to get over an impasse that has left the state without a budget for some time now. This conclusion was […]


Governor Rauner assigns new workers’ comp arbitrator

Illinois Governor Bruce Vincent Rauner, during the second week of September, has appointed Lincoln resident Chris Hemenway as the new arbitrator for the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, a $115,840-a-year position. Hemenway formerly had a job as a workers’ compensation claims lawyer for Bloomington-based insurance and financial services company Country Financial, where she handled catastrophic claims, […]


Illinois woman guilty of insurance fraud

Algonquin, Illinois resident Tracy Williams, also known as Tracy Wanker, was convicted and indicted in a 10-count indictment for insurance fraud, aggravated insurance fraud, workers’ compensation fraud, and perjury, in Kane County after admitting her guilt on the charges on July 29, 2015, Illinois Department of Insurance acting director Anne Melissa Dowling announced late last […]


Illinois workers’ compensation claimant guilty of fraud

Illinois Department of Insurance acting director Anne Melissa Dowling announced on Tuesday, August 11th that an Algonquin, Illinois resident, Tracy Williams, pleaded guilty to charges of workers’ compensation fraud, insurance fraud, aggravated insurance fraud, and perjury related to her claims of benefits, among other charges. Williams was convicted of the 10-count indictment and was sentenced […]


Rep. Bradley commends workers’ compensation report

Illinois State Representative John Bradley (Democrat of Marion) praised the recently released Workers’ Compensation Commission Report which details how workers’ compensation reforms enacted in 2011 paved the way for business owners in the state to have less costs associated with those matters. In a news release, Bradley indicated that until recently, he “consistently hear[d] from […]


Illinois prison guard suspected of workers’ comp fraud

Since 2008, prison guard Lance Fancher has successfully filed four workers’ compensation claims and received a total of $135,795 from the state of Illinois. Last December, Fancher filed with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission for his fifth workers’ compensation claim. Fancher’s latest claim is related to supposed injuries sustained in an October 13 inmate fight that he and other guards […]