Workers' comp overhaul rejected by Ill. House

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Associated Press

Posted on May 29, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Updated Sunday, May 29 at 9:16 PM

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A major overhaul of Illinois' costly workers' compensation system has failed in the House.

The vote Sunday night was 55-39. It needed 60 votes to pass.

Before the vote, supporters said that if the overhaul was rejected they would move forward with a plan to completely eliminate workers' compensation in Illinois.

The overhaul was supposed to cut business costs by more than $500 million.

It reduced fees businesses pay to doctors by 30 percent. It also established guidelines for determining an injury's severity, created a medical network for handling workers' compensation cases and capped awards for carpal tunnel syndrome.

Critics said it did not go far enough.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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