Quinn proposing changes to workers' comp in Illinois
By Seth Perlman
CHICAGO (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn is proposing changes to the workers' compensation system in Illinois to prevent potential abuses and to save employers money.
Quinn administration officials on Friday released some of the proposals Quinn wants lawmakers to pass by later this month. Among them are cuts in payments to medical providers who treat people injured on the job. The administration estimates that could save $500 million.
Quinn also wants to revamp the Workers' Compensation Commission. That includes requiring arbitrators to be licensed attorneys and letting the Court of Claims, and not arbitrators, hear cases when they involve commission appointees or their employees.
The proposals come amid a federal investigation into possible workers' compensation abuses at state agencies and into the actions of arbitrators.
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