A workers’ compensation reform bill that would have saved Illinois employers $500 million to $700 million a year failed in the Illinois House Sunday evening, after sweeping the Illinois Senate Saturday, the Chicago Tribune reported. Strong opposition from the Illinois State Medical Society pressured House Republicans to kill the bill, which would have cut fees to doctors and hospitals providing care for injured workers by 30 percent, the Chicago Tribune reported. The act also would have set guidelines for determining medical care and new standards for arbitrators hearing claims cases. It also included a measure to stop prison abuses, the story said.
Sunday’s House vote was 55-39, falling short of the 60 votes necessary to pass the bill, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. House Republicans had a choice between enacting landmark reforms or voting to support their own partisan agenda and maintaining the status quo. Their political decision was made at the expense of workers and business owners in their districts, Annie Thompson, spokeswoman for Gov. Pat Quinn, told the Sun-Times.