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Illinois workers’ comp costs fall below Indiana, Wisconsin

An overhaul of Illinois’ system for compensating injured workers is beginning to show results, with payments falling below neighboring states such as Indiana, according to a new report.

Workers’ compensation has emerged as an important issue in the budget stalemate in Springfield. Before approving a budget for the current fiscal year, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has insisted on a deal with Democrats over his wide-ranging legislative agenda, which includes reducing the impact of workers’ comp on business, as well as term limits, a property tax freeze and restrictions on unions’ clout.

The report by the Workers Compensation Research Institute may strengthen the arguments of those Democrats who say more time is needed to determine the results of a 2011 law, which reduced medical fees and made other changes…Please click here to read Thomas A. Corfman’s story in Crain’s Chicago Business.

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