The licensing fee would go up for doctors in Illinois, under a bill headed to the governor. The reason is that the fund within the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation that pays for this has been emptied out, and the state has had to lay off more than half of the people who regulate and register doctors.
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The bill would increase the fee for a three-year license from $300 to $700, eventually settling on $600 in 2018. State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago), the sponsor, predicts the remedy will cover only about five years. State Rep. David Harris (R-Arlington Heights) says it’s another example of Illinois being a laughingstock: “The average person out there does not think this government can organize its way out of a paper bag. We have $8 billion in unpaid bills, and we have a credit rating that is in the toilet,” he said. The fear was that new medical school graduates would be unable to practice here.
S.B. 622 passed the House, 65-49-2, and goes to the governor.