A Springfield alderman’s vow to more thoroughly vet workers compensation claims for city employees is ruffling a few feathers.
Ward 5′s Sam Cahnman said he would ask more questions about claims following a more than quarter million dollar award to a City Water Light and Power meter reader who’d filed numerous past claims. He did so at this week’s committee of the whole meeting.
“I think in some of these cases Alderman Cahnman, it may be appropriate to ask, but I think in other cases, I’m thinking in respect for some of these people and their privacy, maybe you should ask corporation counsel yourself,” said Ward 8 Alderman Kris Theilen.
Cahnman says claims are public record.
“It’s not an embarrassment if somebody has an accident and they’re injured,” Cahnman said. “If you file a workers comp claim with the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission, that’s just like filing a complaint in circuit court. It’s public record.”