WBEZ | workers compensation http://www.wbez.org/tags/workers-compensation-0 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Quinn signs new workers' comp regulations into law http://www.wbez.org/story/quinn-signs-new-workers-comp-regulations-law-88456 <p><p>Illinois' governor signed new workers' compensation regulations into law Tuesday. The changes are expected to save the state hundreds of millions of dollars.</p><p>The new regulations are meant to help clamp down on abuses of the workers comp system. It puts caps on some carpal tunnel claims and denies claims from workers who are injured while intoxicated.</p><p>Republicans were on-hand for the bill-signing, but say it doesn't go far enough. Others involved in the crafting of the bill were also present at the signing. They included David Vite with the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, who said the bill is an example of a good compromise.</p><p>"If you're really hungry and you want a big steak and all you can get is a good sandwich, you take the sandwich. And we got a great sandwich here, folks," he said.</p><p>The workers' comp changes are expected to save state government at least half a billion dollars.</p></p> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 18:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/quinn-signs-new-workers-comp-regulations-law-88456 Examining Gov. Pat Quinn's recent legislative moves in Springfield http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-03/examining-gov-pat-quinns-recent-legislative-moves-springfield-87369 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-03/quinn hudzik.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>As Illinois Governor Pat Quinn reviews more than 600 bills sent to him by the General Assembly he holds a powerful tool to get the job done: the veto pen.<br> <br> After being largely invisible during the spring session, Gov. Quinn is now in the driver’s seat on a number of controversial bills, including: gambling, an electric rate hike and workers compensation reform, just to name a few. So, what will he do with his power?<br> <br> To find out, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> turned to Kristen McQueary; she's the state government reporter for WBEZ and the <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/" target="_blank">Chicago News Cooperative</a>.</p></p> Fri, 03 Jun 2011 13:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-03/examining-gov-pat-quinns-recent-legislative-moves-springfield-87369 Illinois lawmakers return to tackle education reform and the budget http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-26/illinois-lawmakers-return-tackle-education-reform-and-budget-85682 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-26/State house Flickr Jimmy Emerson.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Heavy rain in Southern Illinois prompted Gov. Quinn to issue a disaster proclamation for the area. On Monday, he described the situation as “very difficult and potentially dangerous.”</p><p>Tuesday, lawmakers return to Springfield to work on other challenges like education and the state budget. To find out what to expect from the state legislature, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke to Sean Crawford, <a href="http://wuis.org/" target="_blank">Illinois Public Radio</a>'s news director.</p><p><em>Music Button: Tristeza, "Raise Your Gaze", from the CD Paisajes, (Sanity Muffin)</em></p></p> Tue, 26 Apr 2011 13:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-26/illinois-lawmakers-return-tackle-education-reform-and-budget-85682