(Chicago, IL) – July 21, 2011. As part of an effort to overhaul Illinois’ dysfunctional workers compensation system, Governor Pat Quinn yesterday announced 12 appointments to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Advisory Board.
Quinn, who is traveling in Israel, named Mitchell W. Abbett, Richard Aleksy, Aaron Anderson, Michael Carrigan, John Carpenter, Mark Denzler, Phillip Gruber, David Halffield, William Lowry, Mark Prince, Sean T. Stott and David Vite to serve as members of the advisory board.
“Each of these appointees brings the knowledge and experience to support us in reforming Illinois’ workers’ compensation system,” said Quinn.
In June, Quinn signed reform legislation, House Bill 1698, that aims to save Illinois businesses between $500 and $750 million dollars.
The new law has, however, drawn strong criticism from House Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego)
“This bill is not real workers’ compensation reform,” said Cross at the time of the bill’s passage.
In addition to making arbitrator recommendations, the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Board will also help the troubled Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission in formulating policies, setting priorities and developing administrative goals.
The advisory panel has 12, unpaid members appointed by the Governor who must be approved by the Senate.