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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… Read More

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… Read More

Illinois workers’ compensation rates to be reduced

In the face of national data that declares Illinois the third worst state in the country for businesses, news that Illinois’ workers’ compensation rates will again decrease has been met with widespread support, Illinois Watchdog.org reported on August 4. Illinois Governor Patrick Joseph Quinn III announced that the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) suggested a drop… Read More

Ruling states workers’ comp limitations doesn’t prevent personal injury claims

An Illinois Appellate Court declared that a plaintiff, the estate of James Folta, can pursue asbestos personal injury claims against Folta’s former employer, Ferro Engineering, despite the statute of limitations for workers’ compensation cases, Lexology reported on July 2. According to court documents, Folta received exposure to asbestos while he was working in the defendant’s plant… Read More

Obama calls for paid maternity leave

President Barack Obama stated at the White House Summit on Working Families that women in the United States should get paid maternity leave, the Associated Press reported on June 23. In response to Obama’s proposition, Florida Republican Senator Marco Antonio Rubio, who is rumored to run in the 2016 presidential elections, said he will start working on a… Read More

Inconclusive investigation of suspected workers’ comp scam

A three-year investigation made by the Department of Insurance, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District, and the Department of Justice to learn whether prison guards in Illinois have been fraudulently submitting workers’ compensation claims has yet to bear fruit, InsuranceNewsNet.com reported on May 24. The investigation was instigated by a series of… Read More

Construction accident on I-57 injures one

An accident at a northbound I-57 construction work site hospitalized Brent Harris, 20, on Friday afternoon, August 2, 2013. Harris, a construction worker, was reported to have been pinned against a barricade by an excavator that turned and struck Harris just as he was walking past. Kevin Delmore, 43, was operating the John Deere excavator… Read More