Illinois Democrats vote down workers comp bill

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois Democrats have sent another in a series of messages to Gov. Bruce Rauner by voting down elements of his pro-business agenda.

The House staged votes Friday on four different measures that mirror the Republican governor’s proposals to change the state’s workers compensation law.

All Democrats voted against three of the Rauner ideas, while Republicans just voted present. The only measure that passed would establish a review process for workers compensation rates.

The votes were held on bills introduced by the Democrats despite the fact that Rauner introduced his own legislation Friday. Lawmakers did not address his bills.

Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan has spent two weeks scheduling votes designed to show that there is little support in his chamber for Rauner’s priorities.