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Illinois workers’ compensation reform has not reduced insurance premiums in construction industry as promised

Three years ago, the workers’ compensation system in Illinois underwent significant reforms, which lowered the costs for treatment of injured workers, among other changes. The reforms were supposed to lead to lower workers’ compensation insurance premiums for employers, but that has not happened, according to those in the construction industry. In fact, even as Governor …

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Illinois Governor Vetoes Truck Safety Bill

A bill to increase the speed limit for trucks on some non-urban Illinois highways, which was passed unanimously in both chambers of the Illinois state legislature, has been vetoed by Governor Pat Quinn. The trucking industry supported the bill, claiming that a high speed differential between cars and trucks is dangerous. The top speed for …

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Illinois Crash Data Show Truck Accidents More Likely to Be Fatal

Statistics on motor vehicle crashes released by the state of Illinois show a high fatality rate for truck accidents. In 2011, the most recent year for which final data are available, there were 10,033 crashes involving tractor-trailers. This is 3.6 percent of the total of 281,788 motor vehicle crashes in the state. There were 81 …

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Proposed Law Would Reduce Settlement Payment Delays

A bill has passed both houses of the Illinois General Assembly that would reduce delays in lawsuit settlement payments. Senate Bill 1912 would mandate timely payments of settlements reached out of court. The legislation is important for all plaintiffs, but particularly so for victims of nursing home abuse. When an elderly or disabled person is …

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