Legislation sponsored by Illinois State Representative Jay Hoffman (D-Swansea) that would cut through red tape of disability benefits and allow the families of fatally injured burn victims to receive immediate relief is headed to the governor’s desk. The legislation comes after talks with the family of a former Granite City Steel worker who was fatally burned in an explosion at the plant in 2004.
The Burn Victims Relief Act creates the George Bailey Memorial Program.
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Bailey’s family reported medical costs exceeding $1-million following the accident and was forced to give up their home in order to make ends meet. This legislation received bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, and now goes to the governor for final approval.