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House Bill 1287 on workers’ comp approved by Illinois House

Democrats from the Illinois House of Representatives returned to Springfield with an approved measure aiming to compromise with Republicans calling for workers’ compensation reform, according to the Insurance Journal on June 8. Republicans said the Democrats’ proposal does not go far enough. House Bill 1287 includes a proposal to change the state’s no-fault worker benefit, so […]


Stricter workers’ comp laws struck down in Illinois legislature

Two workers’ compensation reform measures attempting to make the program stricter have failed to pass in Illinois’ Democratic majority legislature, according to a Business Insurance article on May 28. The proposed measures would necessitate more proof that those seeking workers’ compensation were injured in work-related accidents, as well as reduce the fee schedule for these payments. […]


Illinois workers’ compensation issues tackled in full House hearing

With less than a month left in the spring session, speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives and Chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois Michael Madigan presided over the entire House to tackle issues regarding the state’s workers’ compensation system, the Chicago Tribune reported on May 5. Republican Governor Rauner believes that the high […]


Construction company continues to violate worker safety protocols

The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Lombard, Illinois-based Armor Shield Construction once again for failing to provide the proper safety measures for workers. The most recent incident occured at a site where an investigator noted that the company was not providing workers with adequate safety measures for […]


Physicians may be banned from dispensing drugs in workers’ comp cases

Experts forecast that future workers’ compensation reforms may focus on banning physicians from dispensing prescription drugs to prevent spending for workers’ compensation claims from rising again, the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Workers Compensation Research Institute proclaimed in a Business Insurance article on March 29. According to the managing director of casualty claims at Aon Global Risk Consulting in Los […]


Illinois public servants may be entitled to public safety benefits

In Illinois, when a public officer such as a law enforcement agent, a correctional officer, or a firefighter sustains major injury or was killed in the line of duty, his family – wife and children – can receive, on top of workers’ compensation benefits, compensation allotted to them under the Public Safety Employee Benefits Act, […]


Apellate Court ruled fired employee still entitled to workers’ comp

The Appellate Court of Illinois ruled that Walter Matuszczak, a former Wal-Mart Stores Inc. night stocker who injured his neck, back, and arm after several shelves of glass cleaner fell on top of him while he was at work back in March 2010, is entitled to the remainder of his temporary total disability benefits despite […]


Illinois bill introduced to offset income taxes on workers’ comp

On March 11 HB6013 was introduced into the Illinois House of Representatives. If made into law, the bill would allow employers in counties with high unemployment rates to pay a reduced amount in workers’ compensation taxes. The bill was authored by state Rep. Bill Mitchell. Last Friday, March 14, Mitchell stated that the measure is […]


Former Illinois policeman charged with fraud

Michael Avila, a former Crystal Lake police officer, was arraigned on Thursday, February 27 after being charged with insurance fraud, workers’ compensation fraud, theft of government property, and theft by deception. Avila falsely claimed that the nature of his wrist injury disabled him from working. He was videotaped lifting weights at the police station in Crystal Lake […]


Worker proceeds with FRSA retaliation lawsuit

On Thursday, January 14 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that Justin Reed, an Illinois railroad technician may be able to proceed with a Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA) retaliation lawsuit. Reed said that he was coerced by a work supervisor to sign a document stating that the company wasn’t responsible […]