Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn makes notes on a briefing book during the Health and Human Services Committee meeting at the National Governors Association winter meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) By Cliff Owen
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- It took two tries, but a major overhaul of the Illinois workers' compensation system has been approved by state lawmakers.
The measure now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn, who supports it.
The workers' compensation changes are supposed to save business more than $500 million in fees related to worker injuries.
It was approved 62-43 in the Illinois House on Tuesday night. It had previously failed in the House, and Democrats had threatened to abolish workers' comp entirely.
That threat and further arm-twisting produced enough support for passage.
Republicans say the bill isn't real reform. They also complains that it hits doctors too hard by cutting their fees.
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