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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’ […]


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 […]


Labor supporters believe Rauner will work against them

Worker advocates in Illinois have expressed their fears regarding gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, a millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka, claiming that the GOP candidate is bad for Illinois workers, Progress Illinois reported on September 22. Northern Illinois Jobs with Justice member Mary Shesgreen said Rauner’s views would be detrimental to the labor sector in the state, as […]


Illinois workers’ comp commission gained four new arbitrators

Illinois Governor Patrick Joseph “Pat” Quinn III recently appointed four new arbitrators to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, the Claims Journal reported on September 9. The four new arbitrators to the state’s workers’ compensation commission are Maria Bocanegra, Stephen Friedman, Steven Fruth, and Michael Nowak. Bocangera is an attorney who handles workers’ compensation cases and […]


Terminated workers’ compensation officer asks for $25K for disability

Former workers’ compensation hearing officer Jennifer Carril continues to pursue a $25,000 settlement before the Fourth District Appellate Court in Springfield, Illinois for a disability that she claims is related to her typing duties as a hearing officer, the Belleville News-Democrat reported on May 31. Governor Pat Quinn dismissed Carril in 2011 from her $115,000 per year post […]