Thank you for your valuable input and cooperation during the first two releases of CompFile, the IWCC’s new electronic filing and case management system. Now that most of you have experience with filing settlement contracts in an electronic format, we hope you are enjoying the ease and speed that come with digital filing through CompFile.
The third release of CompFile brings a long-awaited goal of the IWCC to fruition: completely paperless filing and case management processes for workers’ compensation cases! Applications, motions, decisions, and reviews will be handled electronically through CompFile starting on April 21, 2021.
As always, we want to be sure you have everything you need to be successful during the transition to complete electronic filing. To prepare for CompFile’s third release, please visit the CompFile Implementation webpage, www.iwcc.il.gov/compfile, where you can access instructional materials including videos, training resources, and a schedule for upcoming Demo and Q&A Webinar Sessions.
Also, we are especially pleased to announce that the CompFile Team will provide a special Demo and Q&A Session at a WCLA Brown Bag Lunch CLE Event on April 7.
Please take a little time to familiarize yourself with the instructional materials before attending a Q&A Session to best take advantage of the webinar.
We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy, and we are happy that we can offer a system that allows for efficiency and convenience in a time when face-to-face contact is unavoidably restricted. The expediency and practicality of electronic filing through CompFile is here, and not a moment too soon!
For questions or other assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the CompFile Team at email@example.com.
The CompFile Team
Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission
Gov. Pritzker Announces 23 Key Appointments
Building on a strong team of diverse experts in their fields, Governor JB Pritzker announced the following appointments in his administration:
WORKERS’ COMPENSATION COMMISSION
Deborah Baker will serve on the Workers’ Compensation Commission.* Baker was previously Assistant Deputy Chief Legal Counsel and Ethics Officer at the Illinois Department of Corrections. Prior, she was Litigation Counsel and Compliance Counsel at UpRight Lawand served as Assistant Attorney General at the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. Baker earned her bachelor’s from the University of New Mexico and Master of Arts and Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago.
Barbara Flores will continue to serve on the Workers’ Compensation Commission.* Flores was previously an Arbitrator at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. Prior, she was Corporate Counsel at Alden Management Services, Inc., and served as Final Agency Decision Writer at U.S. Postal Service, National Equal Employment Opportunity Investigative Services Office. She has extensive legal experience as Law Clerk and is actively involved in scholarship and professional organizations. Flores earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Juris Doctor from the Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Christopher Harris will serve on the Workers’ Compensation Commission.* Harris was previously an Arbitrator at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. Prior, he was Owner and Managing Attorney at Shield Law Firm LLC. Harris has additional legal experience as general counsel. Harris earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Law.
Stephen Mathis will continue to serve on the Workers’ Compensation Commission.* Mathis was previously an Arbitrator at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. Prior, he served as Legal Counsel and Staff Analyst at the Illinois State Senate. Mathis earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Florida and Juris Doctor from UIC John Marshall Law School.
Deborah Simpson will continue to serve on the Workers’ Compensation Commission.* Simpson was previously Assistant State’s Attorney at Office of the Kane County State’s Attorney. Prior she was First Assistant State’s Attorney at Office of the Vermillion County State’s Attorney. Simpson earned a Bachelor of Arts from DePaul University and Juris Doctor from John Marshall Law School.
Thomas Tyrrell will continue to serve on the Workers’ Compensation Commission.* Tyrrell was previously Trial Attorney at Thomas J. Tyrrell, LTD. Prior, Tyrrell was Partner and Attorney at Tyrrell & Boylan. Tyrell also served as Assistant Public Defender at Cook County Public Defender’s Office. Tyrrell earned an undergraduate degree from Lewis University and Juris Doctor from Chicago Kent College of Law.
EMPLOYMENT SECURITY BOARD OF REVIEW
Meredith Buckley will continue to serve on the Employment Security Board of Review.* Buckley currently serves as Associate at Malkinson & Halpern, P.C. Previously, she served as Staff Attorney at O’Connor Law Group, LLC. Buckley earned a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law.
Maria Perez will continue to serve on the Employment Security Board of Review.* Perez is a retired Chicago Police Officer. She worked in Districts 010, 011, 021, and 003 as a patrol officer, court sergeant, and mayor’s bodyguard detail.
PRISONER REVIEW BOARD
Max Cerda will serve on the Prisoner Review Board.* Max is a Case Manager at BUILD, Inc. Previously, Max served his community as a mentor with ASPIRA of Illinois and as a Violence Interrupter with Ceasefire. Max also served as the Co-Executive Director of the Latino Cultural Exchange Coalition. A person who was formerly-incarcerated and is now a dedicated community leader, Max has received local and international recognition for his service as a street and gang violence interventionist. Max has spoken at international forums on juvenile justice, anti-violence, and at-risk youth for the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Mexico.
Drella Savage will serve on the Prisoner Review Board.* Drella is the Clerk for the Village of Olympia Fields. Previously, Drella served as a Circuit Court Judge and an Administrative Hearing Officer/Law Judge of Expedited Child Support in Cook County. Drella has extensive civic and volunteer experience, including service with the Department of Justice’s Faith-Based Initiatives Commission, the Illinois Judicial Council Foundation, and the Illinois Council on Women and Girls. Drella has received several awards and honors for her leadership, humanitarian, and distinguished service. Drella earned a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University and a Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law.
Jeffrey Mears will serve on the Prisoner Review Board.*Jeffrey currently works at Shawnee Correctional Center, a facility of the Illinois Department of Corrections. Previously, Jeffery was the General Foreman at Painters Local #32, President of the American Freedom Veterans Support Group, and a Commissioner on the Johnson County Board of Commissioners. Jeffrey has an extensive history volunteering with Shawnee Correctional Center where he currently serves as a De-Escalation Response Team Coordinator, Negotiations Management Team Member, Facility Crisis Team Member, and a Weapons-Free Task Force Member.
GUARDIANSHIP AND ADVOCACY COMMISSION
Sen. Julie Morrison will serve on the Guardianship and Advocacy Commission.* Sen. Morrison is currently an Illinois Senator for the 29th district. Previously, she served as Supervisor of West Deerfield Township and Campaign Field Director for Congressman John Porter. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Knox College.
ILLINOIS BOARD OF HIGHER EDUCATION
Kenneth Shaw will continue to serve on the Illinois Board of Higher Education.* Shaw has spent 28 years leading university systems including Southern Illinois University, the University of Wisconsin System and Syracuse University. Upon retirement from Syracuse University, he served as a Senior Consultant for the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. Shaw has served in leadership positions on numerous educational and economic task forces and commissions as well as Boards of Trustees of both for-profit and not-for-profit businesses and organizations. He has received numerous national, statewide, and local honors including seven honorary degrees, the Silver Anniversary Award from the National Association of College Athletics (NCAA) and is a Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. The Granite City resident received his Bachelor of Science from Illinois State University, master’s degree from the University of Illinois and Doctor of Philosophy from Purdue University.
Jennifer A. Delaney will continue to serve on the Illinois Board of Higher Education.* Delaney is an Associate Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she is also the Director of the Forum on the Future of Public Education. Dr. Delaney's research focuses on higher education policy, with an emphasis on finance. Previously, she worked for the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, and served as a consultant for the Commission on the Future of Higher Education. She was also an assistant professor of higher education at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan, Master of Education from Harvard University and Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration from Stanford University.
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Tonya Genovese will serve on the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees.* Genovese is currently an attorney at the Gori Law Firm. Previously, she was an attorney and compliance officer at Lewis & Clark Community College and an attorney at the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Saint Louis University and Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
Thomas Morsch will continue to serve on the Illinois Housing Development Authority.* Morsch is the founder and President of Morsch Expeditions, LLC. Prior to forming his company, he was a partner and Managing Director of Public Financial Management, LLC, where he co-led the firm's public private partnership practice. Previously, he was the Midwest Real Estate Practice Leader for Marsh and McLennan Companies, a management consultant specializing in public-private work and was appointed by Governor James R. Thompson to serve as the Executive Director and CEO of the Illinois Tollway System for six years. Morsch serves as a board and advisory board member of the Metropolitan Planning Council and Community Partners for Affordable Housing, was elected for three terms to the City Council of the City of Lake Forest, and was appointed a member of the City of Lake Forest Planning Commission. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Beloit College.
Luz Ramirez will continue to serve on the Illinois Housing Development Authority.* She is currently chief administrative officer at YWCA Northwestern Illinois. Previously, she served as Executive Director of LaVoz Latina, Inc. and in various administrative and leadership roles in Rockford Public School District #205. Ramirez received her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College and Master of Arts Education from the University of Phoenix.
COURT OF CLAIMS
Sonia Antolec will serve on the Court of Claims.* Antolec is currently Director of Policy from the Mom Project. She was previously Director of Legal Hiring at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and Deputy General Counsel at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. She is also involved with a number of legal, professional and civic organizations. Antolec earned her Bachelor of Arts from DePaul University and Juris Doctor from Loyola University School of Law.
Marcellus Moore will serve on the Court of Claims.* Moore is currently Managing Attorney at the Alliance Law Group and the Child Advocate Law Group. Previously, Moore served as Vice President at Jones Lang LaSalle, Vice President at Grubb & Ellis, and as an Associate at Booz Allen & Hamilton. Moore earned a Bachelor of Arts from Morehouse College, Juris Doctor from Pritzker School of Law and Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management.
Mary Patricia Burns will continue to serve on the Court of Claims.* Burns is currently President and Shareholder at Burke Burns & Pinelli, LTD. Previously, she was Associate/Partner at Burke & Smith Chartered and served as Law Clerk for Judge James C. Murray. Patricia Burns earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame and Juris Doctor from Loyola University School of Law.
HEALTH FACILITIES AND SERVICES REVIEW BOARD
Antoinette Hardy-Waller will serve on the Health Facilities and Services Review Board.* Hardy-Waller is President and CEO and The Leverage Network and CEO of Strategic Healthcare Transformations. She was previously Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Health Dimensions Group. Hardy-Weller has extensive leadership experience across health care. She is a member of First Initiative Insurance Board of Directors and Common Spirit Health Board of Trustees. Hardy-Waller earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Masters of Jurisprudence from Loyola University School of Law.
CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT BOARD
Pam McDonough will continue to serve on the Capital Development Board.* McDonough is President at McDonough Enterprises, LTD. She was previously President at DeAngelo McDonough Construction Management Company and served as President and CEO at North Business & Industrial Council/ Alliance for Industry & Manufacturing. McDonough earned an undergraduate degree from DePaul University and Master in Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTHCARE AND FAMILY SERVICES
Brian Dunn will serve as Inspector General of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.* Dunn previously served as First Deputy Inspector General and General Counsel at the City of Chicago's Office of Inspector General. Prior, he served as General Counsel to the Illinois Department of Human Services and General Counsel for the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. He began his career in public service as an Associate General Counsel in the Office of the Governor. Dunn earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.
* Appointments pending confirmation by the Illinois Senate.
Passing of Robert E. Schell
Robert E. (Bob) Schell passed away on Monday, January 25, 2021. In his own way, he was an institution at the then Industrial Commission and later Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission.
He was known to most attorneys that practiced at the Commission for 30 years. Bob was a non-attorney representative of the then Martin Boyer Company. He appeared at the Commission every day and was charged with the task of resolving claims with both attorneys and pro se litigants.
Bob was a graduate of DePaul University, in Chicago. He attended on a basketball scholarship and played under Hall of Fame Coach Ray Mayer. He was a member of the US Army Reserves and was great sports enthusiast, with an encyclopedic knowledge of all sports.
Bob will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Donations in his name may be made to the DePaul University Scholarship Fund, 1 E. Jackson, Chicago, IL 60604, Phone: 312-362-8666, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Link to donate online: DePaul University - Make a Donation
Governor Pritzker has announced these two Arbitrator appointments:
ARBITRATOR FOR THE WORKERS’ COMPENSATION COMMISSION
Rachael Sinnen will serve as an Arbitrator for the Workers’ Compensation Commission.* Currently, she is the Associate Attorney at Elfenbaum, Evers & Zielinska, P.C. where she represents the majority of the firm’s Spanish-speaking clients in their workers’ compensation claims. Previously, she worked at a variety of law firms as an Associate Attorney and Law Clerk, in addition to serving as an Adjunct Professor at her law school alma mater. In addition, Sinnen is the Vice Chairwoman of the Young Lawyers’ Section of the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and her Master of Business Administration in Finance from Loyola University Chicago. She went on to earn her Juris Doctor from Chicago Kent College of Law.
Raychel Wesley will serve as an Arbitrator for the Workers’ Compensation Commission.* She serves as the Domestic Violence Staff Attorney at Prairie State Legal Services where she covers issues such as orders of protection and civil no-contact. Previously, she was an attorney at a variety of law firms in Illinois. Wesley is a founding member of the Black Bar Association of Will County and is active in giving back to her community. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Education from DePaul University, her Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law, and a certification in Paralegal Studies from Roosevelt University.
Please see the update issued by the Commission below:
Update on Emergency Procedures.
Please be advised that the November 16, 2020 Notice of Special Process Procedures for In-Person 19(B) Hearings and Pro Se Settlement Contracts are hereby extended through December 31, 2020. Please refer to the November 16, 2020 posted links for the procedures.
Additionally, the November 13, 2020 Notice regarding In-Person Hearings Suspension is hereby extended until December 31, 2020. Please refer to the November 13, 2020 posting for details of the procedures.
Please note the following, published by the ISBA today:
Illinois Supreme Court amends Rule 23 to allow citation of unpublished appellate court rulings
Chief Justice Anne M. Burke and the Illinois Supreme Court announced the amendment of Rule 23, which will allow litigants to cite unpublished opinions from the Illinois Appellate Courts for persuasive purposes.
Amended Rule 23 is effective Jan. 1, 2021.
The Bar News
Pease take notice that as of the close of business, 5:00 p.m., on Friday, November 13, 2020, all in person Hearings, of any kind, will be discontinued at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, at ALL venues.
There will be no in person Arbitration or Review hearings of any kind.
- Laura D. Hrubec
In the Covid World, the Commission has been constantly pivoting to make certain that we keep operating. As the Bar is aware, the Commission has faced great difficulty in the receipt and redistribution of mail.
The USPS has not always been able to deliver mail on a consistent basis. To alleviate some of the mail issues, Arbitrators will consider all Motions and Petitions that are received by them, by e-mail, at least two business days prior to the Monthly Status Call. This has been posted on our website for the last several weeks.
Because of Covid, and in accord with our Rules, we have temporarily abandoned the requirement that a purple ink Commission stamp be affixed to all Motions and Petitions. Section 9015 of our Rules allows the Chairman to set procedures that provide for the electronic filing of documents with the Commission. We believe that this action is consistent with our Rules and that it will alleviate difficulties with the USPS.
Please also remember that all of this presupposes that your opponent has been properly served with any documents in accord with our Rules. This only applies to the requirement of Notice to the Commission.
Resources for CLE:
IL Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, https://www.2civility.org/programs/cle/free-online-cle//
Lawyers’ Assistance Program of IL, https://illinoislap.org/
Resources for the Public:
Resources for Families:
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