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In Illinois workers' compensation battle, business can't stay on sidelines

In Illinois workers' compensation battle, business can't stay on sidelines

An area of possible bipartisan reform in Illinois has gone down in flames — a victim of the budget battle — so the state is stuck with a workers' compensation plan that businesses, especially small companies, love to hate.

As a result, influential industries seeking to overhaul that system are heading for the sidelines, intent on avoiding the political fallout sparked by the state Legislature overriding Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget veto.

The business withdrawal is another lost opportunity to sensibly revamp this complex, publicly backed structure that needs to bring costs down while still properly serving those who are legitimately injured on the job.

While workers'...

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