State House Votes To Abolish Workers’ Comp System

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — The Illinois House has voted to abolish the state’s workers’ compensation system, instead shifting such claims to the state’s circuit court system.

The measure would mean that, as of Jan. 1, 2019, approximately 55,000 workers’ compensation claims currently before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission would go through the state’s courts.

The proposal passed the House by a 65-48 vote on Friday. It now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Some supporters said the proposal will pressure business, labor and medical groups to agree on a comprehensive overhaul of the workers’ compensation system, but the sponsor, Rep. John Bradley (D-Marion) said he’s serious about abolishing the system altogether.

Opponents said the courts would be unable to handle the workers’ compensation caseload.

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  • tom Sharp

    Kill Workman’s comp and drive a stake through its heart!!

  • Fast Ed

    I’m confused. Does this mean if I get hurt at work that I have to stop paying my bills?

    • a k

      Ed…paying your bills is your responsibility not the taxpayers of Illinois who are already overburdened….save your money for a rainy day.

  • a k

    55,000 claims….OUTRAGEOUS….in addition to pension and retiree health care benefits, another entitlement program that that should have been overhauled years ago…

    • dj

      Well, I guess that means that if you ever get hurt your not going to claim workmans comp. Right? If you get hurt on job you are intitled to file for this.

      • a k

        dj…I am self-employed….if I want short or long term term disability coverage, I have to pay an insurance company for the coverage…do you actually believe there are 55,000 legitimate claims?

  • Craig

    Isn’t workers compensation something my employer spends a fortune contributing to, and, or paying for?

  • a k

    the house should seriously consider passing a law prohibiting patronage workers from claiming workers compensation….that should eliminate about 54,000 of the pending claims…

  • tom Sharp

    Hey ak, that is a good idea, but “patronage workers” could be used to include 90% of all workers. Ergo, it won’t pass. Better to just kill the nitwits as they apply!

  • Southlooper

    It means that if you are injured on the job it is no longer automatically considered no fault. Your employer may be held liable for your injury, if indeed it is their fault. You can sue them in civil court and ask for damages. You are not limited to the benefits as prescribed under WC. On the other hand, if your injury is your own dang fault (you failed to follow a safety rule, you were drunk, etc) you could get nothing and have to cover your own medical and disability, unless you have other insurance cover for that.

  • don't understand

    I have a very hard job if I happen to hurt my back because i am getting older what happens now.

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