CHESTER, Ill. (AP) -- The head of Illinois' workers' compensation commission is calling for an investigation of nearly $10 million paid out in claims to more than half the staff of a southwestern Illinois prison over the past three years.
The Belleville News-Democrat reported the figures Thursday involving claims paid by state taxpayers to 389 guards and other workers at the maximum-security Menard Correctional Center in Chester.
The newspaper says the more than 500 claims include a $75,678 payment to the prison's warden in June.
Roughly 290 cases are pending.
When told of the newspaper's findings, the chairman of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, says he has called for an investigation of the claims. Mitch Weisz says "it's hard for me to imagine it's all kosher."
Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com
(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)