A new campaign from the Illinois AFL-CIO is trying to push back against Gov. Bruce Rauner's desire to change the workers' compensation system in Illinois.
The costs of workers' comp has long been a complaint of the state's business community, but Illinois Working for Everyone, coordinated by Rianne Hawkins, cites a study from the Workers' Compensation Research Institute that suggests reforms implemented in 2011 are taking hold.
“Change doesn't happen overnight,” says Hawkins. “The governor's angle in trying to cut workers' compensation will hurt workers here in Illinois, and that's not an angle that we agree with.”
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In an e-mail, the governor's office, through press secretary Catherine Kelly, said, “Illinois still has the seventh highest workers’ compensation costs in the country, and Illinois’ workers’ compensation costs are more than double the costs in Indiana. It’s clear we need major workers’ compensation reform if we want to grow manufacturing jobs in Illinois.”