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The End of The World As We Know It???

Workers’ compensation reform (or whatever you want to call it) has arrived in Illinois. This was a huge reversal of the vote in the Illinois House just a few days ago when the reform attempt only garnered 55 votes, with 60 votes required. This time, with Speaker Madigan arm twisting and with G…
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Workers' Comp Over?

A Senate Panel has voted along party lines to abolish the Worker’s Compensation Act. After the surprising failure of the Senate to pass the reform bill already passed by the Illinois House over the weekend, the competing effort to abolish the entire workers’ compensation system in Illino…
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Workers' Comp Reform Agreement--Death By a Thousand Knives?

Will this be a tough pill to swallow or death by a thousand knives? It appears that a compromise bill and amendment will affect significantly worker rights. Essentially, this bill, which is expected to be voted on and approved shortly (although nothing is ever certain in Sprinfield), would reduce an…
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Workers' Comp System to Be Abolished????

This breaking news–Illinois House passed a bill to do away with the entire workers’ compensation system. It still would have to pass the Senate and be signed into law. The article in the Bloomington Normal Daily also mentions negotiations are ongoing. So, as of this moment, the choice is…
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Workers' Comp Gamesmanship Continues

Followers of this page already know the on/off nature of workers’ compensation “reform” attempts in Illinois over the past year or so. There is clearly nothing so frightening to the general public than the truth, which, in this case, seems to involve threats of taking away everythi…
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Time is Running Out For Workers' Comp Reform (Whew!)

An Article in the Chicago Tribune over the weekend highlighted just some of the many pitfalls to the “reform” process this blog has followed over the past several months. In short, legislators are trying to prove to their business backers that they are doing “something” to he…
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Happy Anniversary To Me!

I just wanted to write a short and somewhat self-involved blog entry today to celebrate the fact that today marks the twenty-first year that I’ve been a lawyer. In those twenty-one years I have been honored to represent people injured in many different ways. Some were hurt while working, other…
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Quinn Backs Workers' Comp Reform

Governor Quinn, a Democrat in name, appears to be the latest allegedly Democratic state official to publicly court workers’ comp reform that would be injurious to workers. A story widely reported in the State Journal-Register of Springfield, indicates that Quinn seemed to be in favor of a prov…
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Illinois Lawyers Donate Time & Money

Illinois lawyers, all lawyers for that matter, get such a bad rap. I’m sure you’ve heard all the lawyer jokes, many of which I find myself laughing at, albeit self-consciously. Lawyers in Illinois have something they can be proud of image-wise. A recent article featured in Illinois Lawye…
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Medicare--The 1000 Pound Gorilla

Medicare. There, I said it and used the term that sparks so much animosity, passion, and confusion no matter what your political bent. These days, it seems to be seeping into our everyday existence and, you might be very surprised, is very deeply entrenched in both personal injury and workers’…
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