WCLA News & Updates:
  • 06/01/2020 1:33 PM | Judy Pfeiffer (Administrator)
    Please be advised that the offices of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission will be closed on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 and Wednesday, June 3, 2020. This closure includes all facilities, not only at the James R. Thompson Center, in Chicago, but also IWCC facilities in Rockford, Springfield, Peoria and Collinsville.
    This closure has been occasioned by the events of the last several days, throughout the United States, but in particular those in Chicago. It is hoped that we will reopen on Thursday, June 4, 2020. Please continue to check your email and the IWCC website for this notification.
    Our WebEx monthly Arbitration Calls will go forward as planned. Decisions relative to in person trials will not be made until a later date.
    Please continue to consult the IWCC website for future information.

    We recognize these are trying times with much change and many emails outlining those changes. The purpose of this email also is to consolidate the documents for the June docket. Here are links to the following memos:

    1. June Procedures Memo
    2. Arbitration Location Schedule
    3. Arbitrator WebEx links


  • 05/27/2020 1:33 PM | Judy Pfeiffer (Administrator)

    (today's links can be found on the IWCC website)

    June Arbitration Location Schedule - Use this link to view the schedule

    WebEx - Please use this link for information concerning WebEx contact details.


  • 05/27/2020 1:32 PM | Judy Pfeiffer (Administrator)

    Please be advised that the Commission voted 10-0 today to repeal the emergency rule.  The Chairman indicated that the granting of the TRO would cause significant delay and create uncertainty for the rule.  He is creating a task force to review other avenues to address the issue.

  • 05/21/2020 1:31 PM | Judy Pfeiffer (Administrator)
    Legislative Update COVID-19 Presumption

    On May 21, 2020, the Illinois Senate passed HB2455. The bill has now been sent to the House for final passage which is expected to occur today. Click link below for the bill. The presumption created in the Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act begins on page 15.

    http://ilga.gov/legislation/fulltext.asp?DocName=10100HB2455sam002&SessionID=109&GA=101&DocTypeID=HB&DocNum=2455&print=true


  • 05/19/2020 1:31 PM | Judy Pfeiffer (Administrator)

    Please use the link to review the memo from the Chairman outlining and explaining the procedures that will be in effect beginning June 1st.   Please note the following highlights:

    1. All status calls and pre-trials will take place via Webex.  Only actual trials and pro se approvals require appearances.
    2. All cases that do not receive a trial date (either via the call because they are above the line or motion) will be RTC’d regardless of whether they are above the line.
    3. All cases that receive a trial date will be set for the first half of the docket for pre-trial. All pre-trials will occur via Webex.
    4. If trial is desired, the arbitrator will set it for trial at a set time during the second half of the docket.
    5. The requesting party must provide notice of the trial date in writing of the scheduled hearing date.
    6. A copy of all motions must be emailed to the arbitrator no less than 48 hours in advance of the status call.
    7. Downstate pro se approvals are to be arranged with the Arbitrator for an appearance date via email.
    8. Chicago pro se approvals will be on Wednesdays.
    9. PPE is required for everyone for all appearances.

    The calendar for June is attached along with the Chairman’s memo.  


  • 05/05/2020 1:30 PM | Judy Pfeiffer (Administrator)
    Letter and memo provided by the Chairman.


  • 04/24/2020 1:30 PM | Judy Pfeiffer (Administrator)

    On April 23,  Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John M. Madonia entered a TRO temporarily prohibiting the enforcement of the IWCC emergency rule creating a rebuttable presumption for COVID-19 cases affecting first-responders, health care workers and other essential workers. The TRO was requested in a  lawsuit filed by the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association and the Illinois Retail Merchants Association on April 22, challenging the emergency rule. The Attorney General has been given until April 30 to file a response and the parties have been ordered to reconvene on May 4 for potential arguments. 

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