House GOP blocked workers' comp reform -

House GOP blocked workers' comp reform

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn is accusing Illinois House Republicans of wasting a rare chance to improve the state's workers' compensation system. 

The Democratic governor says the GOP lawmakers supported the status quo instead of backing a plan that would have cut business costs by $500 million or more.  

The workers' compensation plan failed in the House 55-39 on Sunday night. It needed 60 votes to pass.  

Republicans objected because most of the plan's savings came from cutting payments to doctors and hospitals. 

They also said the overhaul did not go far enough to ensure injuries are actually job-related.  

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