Business groups, injured employees weigh in on workers’ comp

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Business groups and injured employees are weighing in as Illinois lawmakers debate whether to make changes to the state’s workers’ compensation insurance program.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner says making workers’ compensation more affordable for businesses is a top priority.

House Speaker Michael Madigan and other Democrats say Rauner’s proposals would hurt working people. Madigan called Tuesday’s meeting of the Illinois House to discuss the issue.

Illinois Retail Merchants Association CEO Rob Karr says Illinois’ system isn’t fair to employers and must be changed.

John Coffell was hurt on the job in Oklahoma. He says he lost his home and his family had to go on food stamps because Oklahoma reduced its workers’ compensation benefits. He says workers in Illinois will pay the same price if the state follows Oklahoma’s lead.