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Illinois workers’ compensation report shows benefit payments have dropped

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has said that the state legislature must make business-friendly changes to the state’s workers’ compensation laws, or he will not sign off on a tax increase meant to avoid severe budget cuts. However, Democrats in the Illinois House said that a report released recently shows that the cost of the workers’ …

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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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Appellate court rules worker’s injury in fall compensable

The Appellate Court of Illinois reversed the judgment of a trial court in a workers’ compensation case, ruling that the worker’s injury in a fall was compensable. The claimant, Jane R. Brais, suffered an injury to her wrist when she tripped on a faulty sidewalk outside the Kankakee County courthouse, where she worked in the …

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Illinois Appellate Court Rules on Disability of Paramedic Trainee

The Illinois Appellate Court has issued a judgment ruling that affirms part of and reverses part of a trial court’s decision regarding a workers’ compensation claims. The worker in question had been training with the city of Chicago to become a paramedic. Joseph Locasto was employed by the city of Chicago as a trainee at …

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Illinois Appellate Court Affirms Police Officer’s Workers’ Comp Claim

The Illinois Appellate Court has affirmed the decision of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission — and therefore, upheld an award of benefits to a community service officer who was injured when he fell down a flight of stairs at a police station. The appellate court agreed with the original decision that the officer’s employment put …

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Fast-food worker wins benefits in court after altercation with coworker

Recently, a fast-food chain employee won workers’ compensation benefits in a case that came before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission on appeal. After a workers’ compensation case is decided in court, either the worker or the employer may appeal the decision to the commission. The case involved an altercation with a coworker, and it hinged …

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Employer Convicted of Felony for Failure to Secure Workers’ Compensation Insurance

An employer was convicted of a felony for failing to obtain workers’ compensation insurance, a first in the state of Illinois. The felony conviction was secured by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, the Special Prosecution Division of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. Ahmed Ghosien, doing business as Ghosien …

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