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IL House Speaker threatens to shift worker comp to private management

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 09:44:20 CST

Illinois overhauled its workers compensation system last year, but now the Speaker of the Illinois House has an even bigger change in mind.   A figure was quoted last year to House Speaker Mike Madigan during negotiations. He won't cite it, the Democratic leader says he wants it confirmed, but says it sticks in his memory:

     "I was given the number of state workers that had filed workers' compensation claims and it was an extraordinary number. A very large percentage of the total workforce had filed workers compensation claims."

Madigan says that statistic has made him concerned the culture of state government encourages unwarranted filings:


     "If that is the case then it would be far more efficient to bring in an outside person, and take it out of the hands of the people doing it for the state today."

Madigan has introduced legislation that would privatize the management of the workers' compensation system for the state and its employees. He says he'll hold off actually voting on the plan while he continues getting input on it.

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