SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Democratic Speaker Michael Madigan says the Illinois House will consider changes to the state’s workers’ compensation insurance system when it reconvenes Thursday.
Madigan put out a release Wednesday noting overhauling workers’ compensation is one of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s top priorities.
Madigan says considering the legislation shows lawmakers are “willing to work with and compromise with Governor Rauner on any number of issues.”
But Rauner spokesman Lance Trover says Madigan’s proposal ignores important changes Rauner wants. He says Madigan is proposing more “phony reforms.”
Madigan has previously called votes on legislation mirroring Rauner’s proposals. Democrats resoundingly defeated them while Republicans called the votes “political theater.”
Rauner wants less costly workers’ compensation insurance, which he says would make Illinois more competitive. Madigan has said Rauner’s proposals would hurt working people.