Fresh off the Commission presses, the press release below shows some big changes happening at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. This will require some workers and lawyers to travel farther for hearings and should also change the decision making process for downstate workers in hiring a lawyer. In other words, if you were going to hire a lawyer for Carlinville, you now better get one who is experienced before Arbitrator Tobin in Decatur.
All of this happened because some Arbitrators were removed due to possible ethical issues. There is no more money to hire replacements and these moves will also save money on travel and rental times.
Chairman Weisz has consolidated some Downstate arbitration territories and made other changes, effective April 1st:
|•||The Belleville call will be closed and consolidated in Collinsville. Trial days will be added to the call.|
|•||The Carlinville call will be closed and consolidated in Springfield.|
|•||The Clinton call will be closed and consolidated in Decatur.|
|•||All Rockford cases will be heard by Arbitrator Akemann.|
|•||The Waukegan call will be moved to the second Friday of each month, with the next seven days as trial days. (except for November where the call will remain on the 1st Friday of the month due to Veteran’s Day and Thankgiving holidays)|
|•||The Whittington call will be closed and consolidated in Herrin.|
|•||The Winchester call will be closed and consolidated in Quincy.|
These changes will save travel and rental expenses, and allow fewer arbitrators to hear more cases. Arbitrator assignments, effective April 1, appear below.
|Holland||Danville, Galesburg, Rock Falls, Rock Island|
|Tobin||Decatur, Mt. Vernon, Urbana|
Arbitrators will adopt the existing schedules for their new territories. Any partially tried cases will stay with the original arbitrator.
Revised Downstate calendars will be posted shortly.
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