The chair’s corner
Our Web site is up and running. Special thanks to Phillip Lenzini.
Inasmuch as the arbitrators in Chicago are centralized at 100 West Randolph Street, 8th Floor, Chicago, Illinois, the guidelines do not differ much from room to room.
Arbitrator Akemann has a web site on which he publishes his Geneva call information.
You don't have to be a member of the section council to submit articles for the newsletter.
According to the Spring 2000 issue of Commission News, the Illinois Industrial Commission's publication, arbitrators decided, settled or dismissed nearly 73,000 workers' compensation cases in fiscal year 1999.
For years, both the respondent and petitioner have been united in their fight against the high cost of obtaining medical records.
Hot topicsrecent decisions
Two recent appellate court decisions have placed the onus on the parties filing reviews or appeals to follow due diligence to ensure the circuit court clerk's office and the Industrial Commission's employees do their jobs in a proper and timely manner.
Industrial Commission news
The Industrial Commission has converted its legal sized forms to an 8-1/2" x 11" format. As of March 1, 2000, the Industrial Commission is only accepting the letter sized forms.
Senate Bill No. 1535, introduced by Senator Dillard on January 27, 2000, included in pertinent part the following proposed amendments to 820 ILCS 305/11, from Ch. 48, par. 138.11 of the Workers' Compensation Act, and 820 IILCS 310/11, from Ch. 48, par. 172.46 of the Workers' Occupational Diseases Act:
Notes from the editor
The Workers' Compensation Section Council has, over the last year, gathered information for an article advising its members how individual arbitrators handle their calls and trial dates.
Notes from the editor
Our last newsletter focused on topics other than Industrial Commission news, so we decided to devote much of this newsletter to what's been happening in recent months at the Industrial Commission.
The Stip Sheet
This month, the issue we will address from the Request for Hearing, or "Stip Sheet," is average weekly wage.
Workers’ compensation on line
The purpose of this article is to initiate, but certainly not conclude, the presentation and discussion of useful sites or URL's ("Uniform Resource Locators," the Internet address if you will), for workers' compensation practitioners.