The State of Illinois may hand over its much-maligned workers’ compensation system to a private company.   A bill sponsored by House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) would do that. State Rep. Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) said, “I have information from (the Department of Central Management Services) that goes back to 2005 through 2011, so I know that we are looking at expenses somewhere in the $450 million arena, and, in addition to that, we have open cases from that time frame.”

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CMS runs the system where, previously, individual departments did it on their own.   Carrying the bill for Madigan, State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Marengo) says that consolidation has hurt, not helped: “The numbers have just grown exponentially. It seems like no one has any ownership whatsoever in the program, and, as a result, we’ve seen widespread abuse, very high amounts of comp claims; there have been arbitrators that have been removed as a result.”   HB 5926 has passed the House State Government Administration Committee.


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