Surcharge Fee Refund Deadline is June 1, 2010

As we previously reported, The Illinois Chamber of Commerce filed suit on the basis that the 1.5% surcharge on workers’ compensation insurance premiums and a similar “payroll tax” on self-insured employersconstituted an unauthorized tax on Illinois employers and insurers. The suit sought to reduce the level of the fees assessed against employers and insurance carriers…


Commissioner Daniel Donohoo appointed

Governor Pat Quinn has appointed Daniel Donohoo as commissioner.  Commissioner Donohoo holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University, and a J.D. degree from Cooley Law School. He served as the Madison County Recorder of Deeds for 21 years, and operated his own accounting firm for 17 years. 


Chairman Weisz confirmed

On May 7, 2010, the Senate confirmed Mitch Weisz as chairman. Governor Quinn had appointed Chairman Weisz on March 22, 2010. Chairman Weisz holds a B.A. degree in History from Northwestern University and a law degree from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. He worked as an attorney concentrating in workers’ compensation for 25 years, and…


A Message from the New Acting Chairman

A message from Chairman Weisz from the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission’s website: “I would like to take this opportunity to express how honored and privileged I am to join the dedicated staff of the IWCC. Together we will evaluate ideas generated from both within the Commission and outside sources to progressively improve our implementation of…


Commission Appoints New Acting Chairman

The Commission has announced the appointment by Governor Quinn of a new Chairman, Mitch Weisz. Mr. Weisz is affiliated with the petitioner/plaintiff bar and works out of Crystal Lake, IL. He replaces Amy Masters, who will return to her former position at the Commission of Secretary/Operations Manager. Weisz’s nomination will be submitted to the State…


2010 Illinois WC Medical Fees Down 1.48%

News on 2010 medical rates from the IWCC website: Section 8.2(a) of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act provides that, each year, fee schedule rates shall increase or decrease by the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index-U in the previous year. Because the CPI-U decreased 1.48% between August 2008 and August 2009, ALL rates decreased…


Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit Issues Annual Report

In 2008, the Illinois Department of Insurance investigated 41 reports of possible workers’ compensation fraud, and referred 35 cases for prosecution.  Working on referrals from prior years, the Illinois Attorney General and county State’s Attorneys obtained seven convictions.  Click here to read the report. Thanks to the IWCC for making this information available.