Trial Lawyers Hold Worker’s Comp Reforms Hostage

Breaking down the overall high cost and regulatory burden borne by businesses.

by Michael Lucci

Illinois’ workers’ compensation system is the most costly in the region, according to a 2014 biennial study of all states by the state of Oregon. The Oregon study compares workers’ compensation costs among states, averaged across industries, and shows that Illinois has the most expensive system in the Midwest and the seventh-most-expensive system nationwide.

Illinois Manufacturing Continues To Lags Neighbors And Nation

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SPRINGFIELD — Noting some hard numbers from November, Illinois manufacturers say they’re watching Springfield for decisions on taxes and spending as they keep battling in a worldwide marketplace.

While Illinois gained a few jobs in November, they weren’t in manufacturing.

Pew Study Blows Hole In Myth That Illinois Has A Revenue Problem

A new study from Pew Charitable Trusts has blown a hole in the myth that Illinois’ budget crisis is driven by a revenue shortage. Pew’s research shows that over the recession era, Illinois has increased state tax revenue more than any state except North Dakota. And revenues in Illinois and North Dakota have gone up for opposite reasons. Tax revenues in the Roughrider State have exploded as a result of massive economic growth, even while state income tax rates have been slashed in half. In Illinois, tax revenues went up in a stagnant economy as a result of the crippling 2011 income-tax hikes.

GUN CONFISCATION LEGISLATION INTRODUCED IN ILLINOIS

MOST ANTI-GUN BILL EVER

by Steve Balich

 

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Earlier today, hardcore antigun extremists in the Illinois House introduced HB4359 which would require you to surrender your FOID card and firearms if your name ever appears on the government’s “NO FLY LIST.”  Obama and the gun grabbers would like you to believe that people on this list are too dangerous to own guns.  If one accepts that simplistic view, then HB4359 might make sense to them.  However, the thinking person will have a lot of serious questions about the no-fly list.

NO-FLY LIST Q&A:

1.  Q: How does a person get on the No-Fly List?  A: That’s a secret.
2.  Q:  Who adds names to the No-Fly List?  A: Bureaucrats and political appointees.
3.  Q:  By whose authority are names added to the No-Fly List?  A: That’s a secret.
4.  Q:  Can a person’s name be placed on the No-Fly List for political reasons?  A: That’s a secret.
5.  Q:  Does a person have to be convicted of a crime to be on the No-Fly List?  A: No.
6.  Q:  Is a person whose name is on the No-Fly List given the opportunity to face their accuser(s)?  A: No.
7.  Q:  Does a person’s name remain on the list forever?  A: Probably.
8.  Q:  How many names were on the No-Fly List when Obama took office?  A: 50,000.
9.  Q:  How many names are on the No-Fly List today?  A: 750,000.
10. Q:  Is the No-Fly List a dangerous affront to liberty?  A: Yes.

WHO ARE THE LEGISLATORS RESPONSIBLE FOR HB4359?

1.  Rep. Greg Harris (217) 782-3835

2.  Rep. Lou Lang (217) 782-1252

3.  Rep. Deborah Conroy (217) 782-8158

4.  Rep. Litesa Wallace (217) 782-3167

5.  Rep. Emanuel Welch (217) 782-8120

6.  Rep. Christian Mitchell (217) 782-2023

7.  Rep. Jaime Andrade, Jr. (217) 782-8117

8.  Rep. Martin Moylan (217) 782-8007

9.  Rep. Cynthia Soto (217) 782-0150

10. Rep. Mary Flowers (217) 782-4207

11. Rep. Anna Moeller (217) 782-8020

12. Rep. Kathleen Willis (217) 782-3374

13. Rep. John D’Amico (217) 782-8198

14. Rep. Sonya Harper (217) 782-5971

15. Rep. Camille Lilly (217) 782-6400

WHAT DOES HB4359 MEAN TO YOU?

IF THIS BILL PASSES AND YOU EVER END UPON THE NO-FLY LIST:

NO ARREST

NO TRIAL

NO JUDGE

NO JURY

NO APPEAL

NO GUNS

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO PROTECT YOUR GUN RIGHTS:

1.  Call each of the Representatives listed above and politely tell the person who answers the phone that you do not support HB4359 and its attack on the 2nd and 5th Amendments.
2.  Call your State Representative and politely tell them that you would like them to vote against HB4359.  If you do not know who your state representative is, then click this link at the Illinois State Board of Elections:

http://www.elections.state.il.us/districtlocator/districtofficialsearchbyaddress.aspx
3.  Pass this Alert on to all your friends and family, ask them to make calls too.
4.  Post this Alert on any Internet blogs and Social Media sites to which you may belong.

WE ARE HERE TO DEFEND YOU

Rest assured that the ISRA will be keeping on top of developments in this situation.  Please check your email regularly for updates or visit our web site: http://www.isra.org
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The ISRA is the state’s leading advocate of safe, lawful and responsible firearms ownership. For more than a century, the ISRA has represented the interests of millions of lawful Illinois firearm owners. # # #

 

Illinois’s Tort Climate Ranked 4th Worst in the Country

by Mitch Hoban

Illinois’s Tort Climate is the fourth worst in the country, following New Jersey, New York and Florida, according to the U.S. Tort Liability Index: 2010 Report from the Pacific Research Institute (PRI).

Illinois’s monetary tort losses and litigation risks are high and its tort rules are relatively weak.  Illinois ranks third worst for monetary tort loss and fifth for highest litigation risk.  Its tort system imposes excessive and undue costs on the people of Illinois and results in forgone production of goods and services, higher prices, lower wages, restricted access to health care and decreased returns on investments.

Madigan wrong again: Workers’ compensation is a direct budget issue

Reforming Illinois’ workers’ compensation laws could save state and local governments hundreds of millions of dollars per year.

by Michael Lucci | Illinois Policy Institute

The estimated cost to Illinois’ state and local governments of compensating workers injured on the job is just under $600 million per year. Gov. Bruce Rauner has placed fixing Illinois’ workers’ compensation system high on his turnaround agenda in order to rein in these costs as well as to free Illinois’ economy from the dampening effects of the current costly regime. For years, manufacturing and construction firms across the state have urged lawmakers to change the state’s workers’ compensation laws, and manufacturers leaving the state of Illinois frequently cite runaway workers’ compensation costs as their main reason for relocating.

Illinois Still Has The Highest Workers’ Compensation Costs In The Region – By Far

A new study reveals that Illinois has the highest workers’ compensation costs in the Midwest and the seventh highest in the United States.

by Michael Lucci | Illinois Policy Institute

Illinois manufacturers often pay as much as three times more in workers’ compensation costs than comparable businesses in Indiana. These businesses can save millions in workers’ compensation costs by moving just a few miles. Illinois’ workers’ compensation laws are harming workers and employers, and as a result, are hurting the Illinois budget by reducing the state’s tax base. A study from the state of Oregon confirmed that Illinois’ workers’ compensation costs are sky-high, especially compared to neighboring states.