News

Worker Comp Claims Dropping

Worker Comp Claims Dropping

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

Illinois’ workers’ compensation rates may be going down, but not by enough to satisfy manufacturers.

The governor’s office is touting recommendations by the National Council on Compensation Insurance to reduce rates by 5.5 percent in 2015. Illinois Manufacturers’ Association Vice President Mark Denzler welcomes the drop, but cautions that those are only recommendations, not the final figures.

“So they’re not mandated rate reductions, and so actually, Illinois companies, particularly manufacturers have not seen anywhere close to an overall 18 percent reduction in the past several years,” Denzler said.

It’s the governor’s office that says rates have dropped by 18 percent since the 2011 workers’ comp reform law. Denzler believes further reform is needed to bring workers’ comp costs in Illinois in line with other states.

In a statement announcing the declining rates, Gov. Pat Quinn said “Illinois is making a comeback and historic reforms like these will keep it going strong, driving our economy forward and creating jobs in every corner of our state.”

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association has endorsed Quinn’s opponent in the November election, Republican nominee Bruce Rauner, partially based on Rauner’s support of additional workers comp’ reform.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Chicago Couple Sues Aviation Company Over Crash

Fresh
local_news_generic

A Chicago couple is suing the owner of a small cargo plane that crashed into their home.

in Local

$4.5 Million Headed To Illinois Food Banks

Fresh
turkey

The state is giving nearly $4.5 million to eight food banks across Illinois for modernization.

in Local

Flyers: Know Your Rights!

airport

Financial hurt for airlines who keep you on the tarmac

in Local

Springfield IG Position On Hold Pending Ward 10 Appointment

municipalcenter

An ordinance is on the table to create the Office of Inspector General, which could be a full time or part time contractual employee.

in Local

Springfield Prayer Vigil Held in Wake of Ferguson Riots

Hands

Riots in Ferguson spark frank discussions in Springfield