(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois Senate has approved restrictions on insurance companies that write workers’ compensation policies. The plan that passed yesterday on a 34 to 21 vote is identical to one that Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed last year. While Republicans have complained for years that workers’ compensation costs prevent economic growth, Democrats point out they restricted payouts and rules on worker injuries in 2011 but insurance companies have not lowered premiums accordingly. The bill goes to the State House.
(SPRINGFIELD) Illinois lawmakers are considering legislation to better protect state workers in vulnerable jobs after the death of a child welfare worker was beaten last fall. The Department of Children and Family Services caseworker was attacked last September in Dixon and eventually died from her injuries this past February. The proposed bill would stiffen criminal penalties for attacking DCFS employees. While a House Committee voted against it last week, a re-hearing request was filed yesterday afternoon.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service has presented five downstate awardees for their work in Southern Illinois, all part of the 9th annual recogniation. The award recognizes volunteers and volunteer programs that have made a difference in Illinois and highlights the importance of volunteerism and community service. With over 130 nominations in the six different categories, the winners included those from Carbondale, Opdyke, Fairview Heights, Jerseyville, Carterville, and Troy, ranging from a girl scout, a senior citizen, a business, and an AmeriCorps volunteer teacher.