Gov. Quinn to sign workers’ compensation reform

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Gov. Pat Quinn plans to sign a major overhaul of Illinois’ workers compensation system that he says will save businesses big bucks.

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn plans to sign a major overhaul of Illinois’ workers compensation system that he says will save businesses big bucks. Quinn will sign the reforms Tuesday and then tout them during a four-stop, fly-around of the state. The Chicago Democrat plans to start in suburban Chicago before heading to Rockford, Champaign and Marion. The changes include a 30 percent reduction in medical payments. Other reforms include letting payments for carpal tunnel syndrome last only 28 1/2 weeks, instead of 40. New guidelines also will make it harder for intoxicated workers to win claims. The changes are supposed to cut between $500 million and $700 million from the $3 billion workers’ compensation system. Republicans lawmakers didn’t think the workers compensation reforms went far enough. Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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