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FILING OF SETTLEMENT CONTRACTS AND SETTLEMENT CONTRACT APPROVALS WILL GO ELECTRONIC THROUGH COMPFILE IN JULY

Posted: 7/1/2020
Attorneys can draft, sign, submit, and receive approval of settlement contracts through CompFile beginning on July 22, 2020.

Once electronic settlements go live for Release 2, parties must file settlement contracts in CompFile on all cases with an Application for Adjustment of Claim that have been given an IWCC case number.  Any settlement contracts involving a pro se petitioner will continue to be filed on paper until Release 3 later this year.

To prepare for electronic settlements in CompFile, please visit the CompFile Implementation webpage, www.iwcc.il.gov/compfile. (Link also located on the lower right of this page) CompFile - critical change with digital ease!


2020 JULY Arbitration Calendar

Posted: 6/23/2020

2020 JULY Arbitration Location Schedule

Posted: 6/23/2020

2020 JULY Commission Calendar

Posted: 6/23/2020

Passing of Cynthia Ashford Hollis

Posted: 6/18/2020

Passing of Cynthia Ashford-Hollis

 

We regret to report the death of Cynthia Ashford-Hollis. We received the following message from Seyon Flowers, Supervisor of Workers' Compensation at the Office of the Cook County State's Attorney.

 

I'm sorry to have to share that we lost our longtime colleague and friend Cynthia Ashford-Hollis over the weekend.

There are so many wonderful things I could say about Cynthia; how she could make a stranger feel like a longtime friend, how she helped people find their inner strength, and how she could see someone's potential to do anything. She always found the time to listen, educate, and help.

Cynthia described herself as an 'agent of social change', devoting her career to public service and promoting positive change in people's lives. She started her time at the Cook County State's Attorney's Office working in Child Support before moving to Worker's Compensation. Cynthia spent her time mentoring law clerks and serving on any committee that mentored young attorneys. During her tenure, she tried many cases and was well-respected by all she worked with, both those across the table from her, and the commissioners at the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission (IWCC).

Cynthia is irreplaceable. As those close to her have stated, this is everyone's loss. She is survived by her husband James and children Ashford and Sarah.

 

Thank you!

 

Seyon Flowers
​Supervisor – Workers' Compensation
​Civil Actions Bureau
​Cook County State's Attorney's Office 
​500 Richard J. Daley Center
​Chicago, IL 60602
​P: 312.603.6124  E: seyon.flowers@cookcountyil.gov



Passing of Michael K. Nowak, 1959 – 2020

Posted: 6/5/2020

It is with great sadness that we offer our condolences to the family of our colleague, Michael Nowak, a kind man, an excellent attorney and an Arbitrator of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. Michael succumbed to recent illness this past week.

Michael Nowak was appointed as an Arbitrator by then Governor Pat Quinn and re-appointed by then Governor Bruce Rauner. He served as an Arbitrator primarily in Zone 1, near where he resided. He was respected by his colleagues at the IWCC and members of the bar that practiced before him.

He was a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and Northern Illinois University, College of Law, in 1985. Michael was licensed to practice in both Illinois and Missouri. His practice included Workers' Compensation, FELA, Product Liability and Medical Malpractice issues.

Michael was a member of several bar groups and was very active in his community. He was a past President of the St. Clair County Bar Association, serving from 2005 through 2006.

Services for Michael Nowak will be private. For additional information please refer to the website of Renner Funeral Home, in Belleville, at www.rennerfh.com


2020 JUNE Arbitration Location Schedule

Posted: 6/1/2020

June Arbitration Location Schedule

5/26/2020: Please note the following Arbitration location changes for June Trials and remember to consult the IWCC website for future trial location updates. 

 

ZONE 1 

Mt VernonTrials scheduled on Thursday, June 4, 2020 and Friday, June 5, 2020 will be held in Collinsville. 
HerrinTrials scheduled on Thursday, June 11, 2020 and Friday, June 12, 2020 will be held in Collinsville. 
CollinsvilleTrials will be held in Collinsville on Wednesday, June 24, Thursday, June 25th and Friday, June 26th.


ZONE 2 

Quincy

Trials scheduled on Thursday, June 4, 2020 will be held in Springfield. 

 

Urbana

Trials scheduled on Thursday, June 18, 2020 will be held in Springfield. 

 

SpringfieldTrials will be held in Springfield on Wednesday, June 24, Thursday, June 25th and Friday, June 26th.

 

ZONE 3

Rock Island

Trials scheduled for Thursday, June 4, 2020 will be held in Peoria.

 

Bloomington

Trials will be announced at a later date.

 

PeoriaTrials will be held on Monday, June 15th, Tuesday, June 16th, and Wednesday, June 17th.

 

ZONE 4

Kankakee

The location of the June Kankakee Trials will be announced at a later date.

 

Ottawa

The location of the June Ottawa Trials will be announced at a later date.

 

New LenoxTrials will be held in New Lenox on Tuesday, June 9th, Wednesday, June 10th, and Thursday, June 11th

 

ZONE 5

WaukeganTrials scheduled on Friday, June 26, 2020, Monday, June 29, 2020 and Tuesday, June 30, 2020 will be held in Rockford. 
WoodstockTrials scheduled on Friday, June 5, 2020 will be held in Rockford. 
RockfordTrials will be held at the Rockford hearing site on Monday, June 15th, Tuesday, June 16th, and Wednesday, June 17th.

 

ZONE 6

Elgin
(Wheaton II)
Trials will be held at the Wheaton hearing site on Friday, June 5th.
WheatonTrials will be held at the Wheaton hearing site on Friday, June 26, 2020, Monday, June 29, 2020 and Tuesday, June 30, 2020
GenevaThe location of the June Geneva Trials will be announced at a later date.

 


2020 JUNE Commisson Calendar

Posted: 6/1/2020

2020 JUNE Arbitration Calendar

Posted: 6/1/2020

2020 JUNE Commission Monthly Review Call Procedures

Posted: 6/1/2020

2020 JUNE Special Circumstance Arbitration Procedures

Posted: 6/1/2020

Arbitrator Webex Conference Details

Posted: 5/27/2020
Illinois Workers Compensation Commission
Arbitrator Webex Conference Numbers:
CHICAGO: +1-312-535-8110 | US TOLL +1-415-655-0002

ARBITRATORS: CHICAGO
 Status Calls being at 2:00 P.M.

ArbitratorWebex Access CodeOnline via Webex Room
Amarilio, Joseph803 396 026https://illinois.webex.com/meet/joseph.amarilio
Baker, Deborah807 455 300https://illinois.webex.com/meet/deborah.baker
Carlson, Kurt283 928 490https://illinois.webex.com/meet/kurt.carlson
Ciecko, Thomas284 811 184https://illinois.webex.com/meet/thomas.ciecko
Fruth, Steven808 264 209https://illinois.webex.com/meet/steven.fruth
Harris, Christopher800 855 901https://illinois.webex.com/meet/christopher.harris
Huebsch, Jeffrey289 226 390https://illinois.webex.com/meet/jeffrey.huebsch
Kane, David285 062 386https://illinois.webex.com/meet/david.kane
Kay, Tiffany133 131 3971https://illinois.webex.com/meet/tiffany.kay
Llerena, Elaine133 297 9849https://illinois.webex.com/meet/elaine.llerena
Mason, Molly284 017 237https://illinois.webex.com/meet/molly.mason
McLaughlin, William287 870 333https://illinois.webex.com/meet/william.mclaughlin
Steffenson, Douglas285 176 827https://illinois.webex.com/meet/douglas.steffenson
Watts, Charles802 525 089https://illinois.webex.com/meet/charles.watts
ARBITRATORS: DOWNSTATE
Status Calls being at 9:00 A.M.

ArbitratorWebex Access CodeOnline via Webex Room
Cantrell, Linda809 917 473https://illinois.webex.com/meet/linda.cantrell
Cellini, Paul133 581 4382https://illinois.webex.com/meet/paul.cellini
Doherty, Carolyn289 483 602https://illinois.webex.com/meet/carolyn.doherty
Erbacci, Anthony286 196 307https://illinois.webex.com/meet/anthony.erbacci
Friedman, Stephen804 170 433https://illinois.webex.com/meet/stephen.friedman
*Gallagher, William809 917 473https://illinois.webex.com/meet/linda.cantrell
 Note: Arb. Cantrell will be covering June Mt. Vernon trial cycle for Arb. Gallagher
Glaub, Michael280 050 839https://illinois.webex.com/meet/michael.glaub
Granada, Gerald804 668 895https://illinois.webex.com/meet/gerald.granada
Harris, Robert280 519 976https://illinois.webex.com/meet/robert.harris
Hegarty, Jessica284 775 531https://illinois.webex.com/meet/jessica.hegarty
Hinrichs, Adam133 639 4316https://illinois.webex.com/meet/adam.hinrichs
Lee, Edward800 717 606https://illinois.webex.com/meet/edward.lee
Note: Arb. Lee will be covering June Herrin trial cycle for Arb. Nowak
O'Brien, Dennis283 793 363https://illinois.webex.com/meet/dennis.obrien
Pulia, Maureen286 795 724https://illinois.webex.com/meet/maureen.pulia
Rowe-Sullivan, Melinda280 613 263https://illinois.webex.com/meet/melinda.sullivan
Seal, Paul289 250 531https://illinois.webex.com/meet/paul.seal
Soto, Frank808 099 166https://illinois.webex.com/meet/frank.soto
ARBITRATION SUPPORT
Name Phone Number
Devereaux, Robert312-814-6625
Moczulewski, Kathleen312-814-6292


Arbitrator Evaluation Form

Posted: 5/4/2020

​The 2020 Arbitrator Evaluation Form is now available by following the link provided below.  The evaluation form is also available on the Forms Page of the IWCC website.  Instructions for completion and submission are detailed in the PDF.  

2020_IWCC_Arbitrator_Evaluation_Form.pdf




JRTC Building Closure on May 1, 2020

Posted: 4/30/2020

MEMORANDUM

 

TO: All ATTORNEYS and LITIGANTS

FROM: Michael J. Brennan, Chairman

DATE: April 30, 2020  

SUBJECT: JRTC Building Closure on May 1, 2020 ____________________________________________________________________________

The Offices of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission at 100 W. Randolph Street will be closed on Friday, May 1st, 2020, at the direction of the Department of Central Management Services.

 

This closure will be for one (1) day, only.

 

No State employees, members of the bar or the public will be allowed entry into the building.

Any filing that must be made by Friday, May 1, 2020, will be accepted as timely when filed on Monday, May 4, 2020.

There will be no Emergency Arbitrators available at the James R. Thompson Center at 100 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL on May 1st.

This closure will not affect any other location where Emergency Arbitrators are scheduled to sit on May 1st.

The Commission offices at the JRTC will reopen on Monday, May 4th for limited business, as previously posted on the website.

All scheduled May 2020 Arbitration Calls will go forward by telephone, as scheduled. Please see the IWCC website.  


May 2020 Status Call Call-in Procedure

Posted: 4/29/2020

As outlined in the announcement previously posted on the IWCC Homepage, the May 2020 Status Calls will be conducted telephonically. A host will be available on the call approximately 10 minutes before the scheduled start time. Participants should plan on signing into the status call at least five minutes before the start of the call-in order to allow time for all the participants to be connected.
 
To access the call-in:
1. Dial 888-494-4032
2. When prompted enter the access code 8061403017 

Once you are connected please wait until the Arbitrator announces that they are on the line. When both the Arbitrator and Court Reporter are ready the Arbitrator will start the Status Call. Up to 10 red line cases from the May status call will be set for hearing on each hearing date of the June Trial Cycle. Cases that are below the red line will then be set until a maximum of 25 cases have been set on any single date. The Court Reporter will announce when the maximum number of red line cases have been set and when the maximum number of total cases have been set for each day. Once you have completed your business please remain on the line until the Arbitrator announces it is ok to disconnect. This will prevent unnecessary interruptions for those remaining on the call.

Any cases that are not set for hearing will be continued to their next regularly scheduled 90-day continuance date. Please see the previously posted announcement “May 2020 Special Circumstance Arbitration Procedures” for more information.  



IWCC EMERGENCY PROCESS UPDATE

Posted: 4/10/2020

TO: MEMBERS OF THE BAR AND PUBLIC

FROM: MICHAEL J. BRENNAN, CHAIRMAN

SUBJECT: IWCC EMERGENCY PROCESS UPDATE

DATE: APRIL 10, 2020

 

Based upon the continuing National Emergency and Worldwide Pandemic created by the COVID-19 virus, as well as the lack of technological resources, the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission has suspended regular operations during the month of April 2020.

The Commission has requested that all parties waive Oral Arguments so that Commissioners can continue the process and issue Decisions regarding all matters that have previously been briefed by the parties. It appears that there is an unwillingness by a significant number of the parties to waive Oral Arguments. This is their right.

To keep making progress, the Commission has decided to conduct Oral Arguments by telephone. The Commission has limited capacity and budget, but it has the capacity to conduct Oral Arguments in this manner.

 The parties will be instructed to call in to a central number, enter an access code, and upon prompting by the Commissioners, deliver their Oral Argument. Thereafter, the Commissioners will render a Decision on each of the cases that have been presented.

Each party's attorney will receive an e-mail advising of the date, time and call in number, with access code, for an Oral Argument. If any party wishes, they will be afforded an opportunity to waive Oral Argument, thereafter. Cases set for Oral Argument will be posted on the IWCC website.

The below reflects the last statement of the Chairman, that was issued on March 27, 2020.

______________________________________________________________________________

The Commission will continue all cases to their next regularly scheduled 90-day continuance date.

Matters pending on the Commission Review Calls for Oral Argument during the months of March and April will be decided by the members of the Panel, as assigned, if the parties waive Oral Argument. A representative of the Commission will contact the attorneys to determine whether they wish to waive Oral Argument. If Oral Argument is waived, a Decision on Review will be issued by the assigned panel as quickly as possible.

The Commission will continue to conduct previously set Emergency Motion Calls for EMERGENCY motions, ONLY.

An "Emergency Arbitrator" will be available at the locations and on the dates and times set in the below schedule (this will be updated on a weekly basis) for presentation of "valid" emergency motions only.  "Valid" emergencies include issues involving the expiration of a statute of limitations, a party can reasonably be expected to suffer an unacceptable hardship, if not heard on an expedited basis.  Motions which do not constitute "valid" emergencies will be stricken. Simply put, if the emergency basis of the motion is not a valid emergency that justifies the risk associated with holding an in-person hearing in the midst of a national emergency and global pandemic, the motion will be stricken.

Access to the Emergency Motion Call will be limited to one individual per party.  Parties may be required to sign in and out of the facility.  The Emergency Arbitrator is empowered to manage the Call in a manner he or she believes is reasonable to ensure the administration of justice and minimize the health and safety concerns connected to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Refusal to follow the directions of the Emergency Arbitrator will be grounds for removal from the Call and striking of the motion.

The following is a list of the locations for each of the Zones. Emergency Motion Calls will run from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon at the below locations on the indicated dates:

Chicago cases will be heard at the IWCC's Chicago Office:  Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Zone 1 cases will be heard at the IWCC's Collinsville Office:  Tuesday and Thursday
Zone 2 cases will be heard at the IWCC's Springfield Office:  Monday and Wednesday
Zone 3 cases will be heard at the IWCC's Peoria Office:  Wednesday and Friday
Zone 4 cases will be heard at the IWCC's Chicago Office:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
Zone 5 cases will be heard at the IWCC's Rockford Office:  Tuesday and Thursday
Zone 6 cases will be heard at the IWCC's Chicago Office:  Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Pro Se settlements may be presented to the Emergency Arbitrator on the second day of the Call, only.

The Chairman advises that, prior to making use of the Emergency Motion Call, attorneys should engage in personal consultation and make reasonable attempts to resolve differences.  The Chairman believes Illinois Supreme Court Rule 201(k) and Rule 3.4 of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct serve as appropriate guides for counsel during these exceptional times.

As these events continue to evolve, we will work with the Governor's Office and Illinois Department of Public Health to address this rapidly changing situation.  Until directed otherwise, all other Commission operations will continue as usual.  Parties are advised that any statutory filing deadlines and statutes of limitations will not be affected by these measures, and the Commission will continue to process all usual documents and filings by mail, and in person delivery.  

The Chairman's Office will reassess the need to extend or expand these measures on an ongoing basis.

Chicago – Chicago – James R. Thompson Center, 100 W Randolph St. 8-200, Chicago, IL 60601

Zone 1 – Collinsville – 1803 Ramada Blvd STE B201, Collinsville, IL 62234

Zone 2 – Springfield – 4500 S. Sixth St, Springfield, IL 62703

Zone 3 – Peoria – 401 Main St 6th Floor, Peoria, IL 61602

Zone 4 – Chicago – 100 W Randolph St., 8-200. Chicago, IL 60601

Zone 5 – Rockford – 200 S. Wyman, Rockford, IL 61101

Zone 6 – Chicago – James R. Thompson Center, 100 W Randolph St. 8-200, Chicago, IL 60601


IWCC EMERGENCY FILING PROTOCOL BEGINNING MARCH 25, 2020

Posted: 3/23/2020
           MEMORANDUM
TO: MEMBERS OF THE BAR
FROM: MICHAEL J. BRENNAN, CHAIRMAN
SUBJECT: IWCC EMERGENCY FILING PROTOCOL BEGINNING MARCH 25, 2020
DATE: MARCH 23, 2020


Effective Wednesday, March 25, 2020, the Commission will accept documents for in-person filing at its offices in Chicago, at the James R. Thompson Center, 100 West Randolph, 8th Floor, Chicago, Illinois, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., ONLY.

 

We are reducing our hours for filing to comply with Governor Pritzker's Executive Order 2020-10, which was issued on March 20, 2020.This is being done to minimize the number of people in the JRTC, but keep those necessary to perform the  Commission's functions.


By separate Memo, we have already advised the bar and the public as to the limited operational functions of the Commission during this period of National Crisis and the Global Pandemic. Those limited operations, with emergency arbitrators being available at posted times and places will continue, until further notice from the IWCC and the Chairman.

 

If you have any questions regarding the emergency protocol that has been published, please consult the IWCC website for all past postings.

 

Additional information will be published on the IWCC website in the coming days, as this situation continues to evolve, and additional leadership is provided by Governor Pritzker.








IWCC EMERGENCY MOTION CALL BEGINNING MARCH 23, 2020

Posted: 3/20/2020

MEMORANDUM

TO:

MEMBERS OF THE BAR

FROM:

MICHAEL J. BRENNAN, CHAIRMAN

SUBJECT:

IWCC EMERGENCY MOTION CALL BEGINNING MARCH 23, 2020

DATE:

MARCH 20, 2020

Beginning Monday March 23, 2020, the Commission will move forward with the below Emergency Motion Call for EMERGENCY motions, ONLY.

An "Emergency Arbitrator" will be available at the locations and on the dates and times set in the below schedule (this will be updated on a weekly basis) for presentation of "valid" emergency motions only.  "Valid" emergencies include issues involving the expiration of a statute of limitations, a party can reasonably be expected to suffer an unacceptable hardship, if not heard on an expedited basis.  Motions which do not constitute "valid" emergencies will be stricken. Simply put, if the emergency basis of the motion is not a valid emergency that justifies the risk associated with holding an in-person hearing in the midst of a national emergency and global pandemic, the motion will be stricken.

Access to the Emergency Motion Call will be limited to one individual per party.  Parties may be required to sign in and out of the facility.  The Emergency Arbitrator is empowered to manage the Call in a manner he or she believes is reasonable to ensure the administration of justice and minimize the health and safety concerns connected to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Refusal to follow the directions of the Emergency Arbitrator will be grounds for removal from the call and striking of the motion.

The following is a list of the locations for each of the Zones:

 

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
3/23/20203/24/20203/25/20203/26/20203/27/2020
ChicagoChicago9AM - 12PM 9AM - 12PM 9AM - 12PM
Zone 1Collinsville 9AM - 12PM 9AM - 12PM 
Zone 2Springfield 9AM - 12PM9AM - 12PM  
Zone 3Peoria  9AM - 12PM 9AM - 12PM
Zone 4Chicago9AM - 12PM 9AM - 12PM 9AM - 12PM
Zone 5Rockford 9AM - 12PM 9AM - 12PM 
Zone 6Chicago9AM - 12PM 9AM - 12PM 9AM - 12PM

Pro Se settlements may be presented to the Emergency Arbitrator on the second day of the Call, only.

The Chairman advises that, prior to making use of the Emergency Motion Call, attorneys should engage in personal consultation and make reasonable attempts to resolve differences.  The Chairman believes Illinois Supreme Court Rule 201(k) and Rule 3.4 of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct serve as appropriate guides for counsel during these exceptional times.

As these events continue to evolve, we will work with the Governor's Office and Illinois Department of Public Health to address this rapidly changing situation.  Until directed otherwise, all other Commission operations will continue as usual.  Parties are advised that any statutory filing deadlines and statutes of limitations will not be affected by these measures, and the Commission will continue to process all usual documents and filings by mail, and in person delivery.   

The Chairman's Office will reassess the need to extend or expand these measures on an ongoing basis.

 

Zone 1Collinsville1803 Ramada Blvd STE B201
Collinsville, IL 62234
Zone 2Springfield4500 S. Sixth St
Springfield, IL 62703
Zone 3Peoria401 Main St 6th Floor
Peoria, IL 61602
Zone 4Chicago100 W Randolph St. 8-200
Chicago, IL 60601
Zone 5Rockford200 S. Wyman
Rockford, IL 61101
Zone 6Chicago

James R. Thompson Center

100 W Randolph St. 8-200
Chicago, IL 60601

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


IWCC SUSPENDS ARBITRATION AND COMMISSION PROCEEDINGS FOR TWO WEEKS BEGINNING TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020 DATE: MARCH 17, 2020

Posted: 3/17/2020
MEMORANDUM
------------------
TO: MEMBERS OF THE BAR
FROM: MICHAEL J. BRENNAN, CHAIRMAN
SUBJECT: IWCC SUSPENDS ARBITRATION AND COMMISSION PROCEEDINGS FOR TWO WEEKS BEGINNING TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020
DATE: MARCH 17, 2020
On Monday, March 16, 2020 the Workers’ Compensation Commission suspended all normal in-person Arbitration and Commission Review Proceedings for a two-week period. This period will run from Tuesday March 17, 2020, through Tuesday March 31, 2020.
Requests for emergency hearings should be made to the Chairman’s Office. The Chairman’s Office may make space available as needed for emergency hearings or other extremely time-sensitive matters on a case-by-case basis, to be scheduled or conducted at the IWCC’s Chicago, Collinsville, Rockford, Peoria, and Springfield hearing sites. After discussion with the parties, the Chairman may assign a case to one of these sites after a pretrial hearing by an assigned arbitrator.
All other Commission operations will continue as usual. Parties are advised that any statutory filing deadlines and statutes of limitation will not be affected by these measures, and the Commission will continue to process all usual documents and filings, made in person or by mail.
The Chairman’s Office will reassess the need to extend or expand these measures on an ongoing basis.



IWCC TO SUSPEND ARBITRATION OPERATIONS FOR TWO WEEKS BEGINNING TUESDAY MARCH 17, 2020

Posted: 3/15/2020
MEMORANDUM

TO: MEMBERS OF THE BAR
FROM: MICHAEL J. BRENNAN, CHAIRMAN
SUBJECT: IWCC TO SUSPEND ARBITRATION OPERATIONS FOR TWO WEEKS BEGINNING TUESDAY MARCH 17, 2020
DATE: MARCH 14, 2020

In light of the unprecedented severity of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, in the interests of health and safety, at the Monday March 16, 2020, meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Commission, Chairman Michael J. Brennan will be calling for a vote to suspend all normal in-person arbitration and Commission review operations for a two-week period. This period will run from Tuesday March 17, 2020, through Tuesday March 31, 2020.
The Commission will vote pursuant to its authority under Section 16 of the Act and Section 9020.60 of the Administrative Rules to temporarily suspend hearing operations and automatically continue all cases scheduled for in-person appearance (e.g. status, trial, etc.) for a period of 90-days. Chairman Brennan is confident this vote will carry unanimously.
The Chairman’s Office may make space available as needed for emergency hearings or other extremely time-sensitive matters on a case-by-case basis, to be scheduled or conducted at the IWCC’s Chicago, Collinsville, Rockford, Peoria, and Springfield hearing sites. The Chairman has no doubt that all members of the Bar will continue to work together and communicate with one another on any aspects of their clients’ cases that would regularly be conducted by mail, email, or phone during this unprecedented period.
As these events continue to evolve, we will work with the Governor’s Office and Illinois Department of Public Health to address this rapidly changing situation. But until directed to proceed otherwise, all other Commission operations will continue as usual. Parties are advised that any statutory filing deadlines and statutes of limitations will not be affected by these measures, and the Commission will continue to process all usual documents and filings by mail and email.
The Chairman’s Office will reassess the need to extend or expand these measures on an ongoing basis.


COVID19 PSA Videos

Posted: 3/14/2020

​Below are links to TV/Social PSAs in English/Spanish. 

Break the Germ Cycle - English:  https://vimeo.com/397526386/23f114c27b
 
Break the Germ Cycle - Spanish:  https://vimeo.com/397527328/acdb0d00d3
 
 


The Collinsville Office Will Be Open For Hearings On Monday February 24th

Posted: 2/21/2020

​The Collinsville office will be open for hearings as scheduled on Monday, February 24th.  In the unlikely event that the office will need to be closed on any day a message will be posted on the IWCC website “News” section and a FastBlast notification will be sent out.

ARBITRATOR NOWAK CASES IN ZONE I

Posted: 2/19/2020

​Until further notice, no cases on Arbitrator Nowak’s dockets in Collinsville, Mount Vernon or Herrin will be “Dismissed for Want of Prosecution”. All cases will be returned to the call for future review by Arbitrator Nowak.

ZONE I: CORRESPONDENCE RELATED TO ARBITRATOR NOWAK’S DOCKETS

Posted: 2/14/2020

Until further notice, all correspondence related to cases appearing on Arbitrator Nowak’s dockets in Collinsville, Mount Vernon and Herrin should be directed to the attention of Arbitrator Nowak at the Collinsville office address.   This would include settlement contracts, motions, return to call requests and any other case related material.

The address is as follows:

The Honorable Michael Nowak

IWCC

1803 Ramada Boulevard

Suite B201

Collinsville, IL 62234

 

Please do not send any correspondence to Arbitrator Nowak’s PO Box.

CompFile Registration Has Begun!

Posted: 2/10/2020
This means that law firm administrators can register their firms in the CompFile system and set up their firm’s user accounts.
To register, visit the CompFile web portal: https://iwcc.dynamics365portals.us/

To learn more, visit the CompFile Implementation page: www.iwcc.il.gov/compfile.   There, you can find step-by-step instructions on how to register by opening the CompFile training manual or by watching the two short training videos that will take you through the process. You can also find the recording of the Law Firm Administrator training webinar, in case you were unable to attend.
To reach out with questions or comments, email the CompFile team at wcc.compfile@illinois.gov.
(Attorneys will not e-file any court documents until the 2nd release of CompFile, scheduled for this summer.) 
CompFile will make our processes faster, easier, and more efficient – and now it’s underway!
CompFile – More progress, less paper cuts!

Correspondence Related to Arbitrator Ory’s Cases In Zone 6

Posted: 12/31/2019

Effective immediately, all correspondence related to cases previously assigned to Arbitrator Ory’s dockets in Wheaton, Wheaton II (Elgin) and Geneva, should be sent to Arbitrator Robert Harris at:

           
Arbitrator Robert M. Harris
2460 Dundee Road 
P.O. Box 98
Northbrook, IL.  60065-0098
 
This includes settlement contracts, rtc requests and any other correspondence related to cases previously assigned to Arbitrator Ory.  


Passing of Aaron P. Brill

Posted: 12/30/2019

​We regret to announce the passing of Aaron P. Brill.  Mr. Brill was a valued member of the Workers' Compensation community.  The entire Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission extends our condolences to the Brill/ Fishel family. 

For those who may wish to pay their respects, services will be held at 2:00pm on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 8851 Skokie Blvd. Skokie IL


Notice of Arbitrator Assignments Effective January 1, 2020

Posted: 12/17/2019

The following Arbitrators will be assigned and/or reassigned to the following Chicago Calls, effective January 1, 2020:

Arbitrator Joseph Amarilio will take the Call previously designated as TBA.

 

Arbitrator Elaine Llerena will take the Call previously designated as Cellini.

 

Arbitrator Christopher Harris will take the Call previously designated as TBA4.

 

Arbitrator William McLaughlin will take the Call previously designated as Robert Harris.

 

All other Chicago Assignments will remain as reported previously.

 

The following Arbitrators will be assigned and/or reassigned to the following Zones, effective January 1, 2020:

Zone 1: Arbitrator Linda Cantrell will replace Arbitrator Edward Lee.  Arbitrators Gallagher and Nowak will continue to serve in Zone 1.

 

Zone 2: Arbitrator Dennis O’Brien will take the call previously designated as TBA5. Arbitrator Lee will take the call that was designated as Cantrell. Arbitrator Pulia will remain in Zone 2.

 

Zone 3: Arbitrator Adam Hinrichs will take the call previously designated as Paul Seal. Arbitrators Rowe-Sullivan and Granada will continue to serve in Zone 3.

 

Zone 4: Arbitrator Cellini will take the call previously designated as Dollison. Arbitrator Doherty will take the call previously designated as TBA 2 and Arbitrator Hegarty will take the call previously designated as Erbacci.

 

Zone 5: Arbitrator Erbacci will take the call previously designated as Hegarty. Arbitrator Seal will take the call previously designated as Doherty and Arbitrator Glaub will remain in Zone 5.

 

Zone 6: Arbitrator Robert Harris will take the call previously designated as Ory. Arbitrators Soto and Friedman will remain in Zone 6.

Explanations of Benefits (EOB)

Posted: 12/4/2019

Pursuant to proposed rule 50 Ill. Adm. Code 9110.100(c), “A paper explanation of benefits or SPR must also prominently contain all information necessary to match the explanation of benefits with the associated medical bill. The list of all required data elements for a paper explanation of benefits is available at no cost via a link on the Commission's website at www.iwcc.il.gov.

Please welcome and congratulate the Arbitrators recently appointed by Governor JB Pritzker

Posted: 11/27/2019

The new Arbitrators are:

 

Joseph D. Amarilio, Buffalo Grove, IL

Deborah J. Baker, Chicago, IL

Linda Jean Cantrell, Marion, IL

Christopher A. Harris, Chicago, IL

Adam Hinrichs, Geneseo, IL

Elaine Llerena, Chicago, IL

William J. McLaughlin, Tinley Park, IL

Dennis S. O’Brien, Springfield, IL

Thanksgiving Holiday

Posted: 11/27/2019

Please be advised that the IWCC will be closed Thursday, November 28th and Friday , November 29th in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.  The Commission will return to full functionality on Monday, December 2, 2019. 

STAMPED COPIES OF DOCUMENTS

Posted: 11/27/2019

EFFECTIVE MONDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2019,

STAMPED COPIES OF DOCUMENTS WILL BE LIMITED TO

 8 COPIES OF EACH.

BY ORDER OF THE CHAIRMAN​

Voluntary Petition for Bankruptcy – Nuvectra Corporation

Posted: 11/25/2019

TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES:

On November 12, 2019, a Chapter 11 Voluntary Petition for Bankruptcy was filed in the matter of Nuvectra Corporation, Case No. 119-43090 (JEH) pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Texas.  Please consult the Docket of this case for information.  Of note is the entry of an Order on November 19, 2019 granting certain relief from the Automatic Stay in Bankruptcy.

Please click on the following link to reference the attached Order of Authorization:

https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/iwcc/resources/Pages/BankruptcyNotices.aspx

Voluntary Petition for Bankruptcy - Murray Energy Holdings Co., et al.

Posted: 11/7/2019

TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES:

On October 29, 2019, a Chapter 11 Voluntary Petition for Bankruptcy was filed in the matter of Murray Energy Holdings Co., et al, Case No. 19-56885 (JEH) pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Ohio Western Division.  Please consult the Docket of this case for information.  Of note is the entry of an Order on October 31, 2019 granting certain relief from the Automatic Stay in Bankruptcy  (particularly paragraph 7 on page 4 addressing Workers' Compensation Claims).

Please click on the following link to reference the attached Order of Authorization:

https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/iwcc/resources/Pages/BankruptcyNotices.aspx

The Passing of Independent Arbitrator Patrick T. Driscoll

Posted: 11/4/2019

The Commission regretfully informs all of the passing of Patrick T. Driscoll Jr.,  Independent Arbitrator of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.  Pat was a well respected member of the bar and dedicated his life to public service.  He was a colleague, friend and mentor to many. The Commission extends our condolences to the Driscoll Family.

Below is a link to his Obituary:

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chicagotribune/obituary.aspx?n=patrick-t-driscoll&pid=194336413&fhid=16976


Ms. Kathryn Doerries Appointed Commissioner

Posted: 9/24/2019

On September 23, 2019, Governor Pritzker appointed Kathryn Doerries as a Commissioner of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.  Chairman Michael J. Brennan and the IWCC welcomes and congratulates Ms. Doerries.  Commissioner Doerries will preside on Panel A as the Business Member.


Waukegan Status Call On Friday, September 20th

Posted: 9/19/2019

The Waukegan Status Call on Friday, September 20th will be held as scheduled. Arbitrator Hegarty will be presiding over the call. All other arbitrators will be attending Judicial Training.


September 24, 2019 Springfield Oral Cancelled

Posted: 9/18/2019

Panel A - Oral arguments scheduled in Springfield Tuesday, September 24, 2019 @ 9:00 a.m. have been CANCELLED. 

Urbana Hearing Location Update

Posted: 8/9/2019

​Effective Monday, August 12, 2019, the Urbana Call, Trials and Review will be held in Room 110B on the main mall level of the Lincoln Square Mall, located at 201 Lincoln Square, Urbana, IL 61801. This location is just inside the west mall entrance.  The lower level will no longer be used for any Illinois Workers’ Compensation proceedings.

Commissioner Marc Parker Earns IHSA Honor

Posted: 7/24/2019

​Commissioner Parker has the honor of being named the Illinois High School Association’s 2018-19 Boys Basketball Official of the Year.  Commissioner Parker received the IHSA officiating honor at a banquet July 20th in East Peoria.  Besides officiating for more than 30 years, Parker also coached basketball at Collinsville High School and at Good Shepherd Lutheran School. He has officiated at the highest level of high school sports in Illinois, the 3A/4A boys state basketball finals.

July 17th Status Call & Oral Arguments In Chicago

Posted: 7/10/2019

​The location for Arbitrator Steffenson's July 17th status call in Chicago has been moved to the common area outside of the Oral Argument Room in front of the docket counter. The status call will begin at 2:00 P.M. as scheduled. The Chicago Oral Arguments for Panel C will be held in the Oral Argument Room beginning at 1:00 P.M. as scheduled.

July 12th Rockford Review Call Cancelled

Posted: 7/9/2019

​Please note that the Rockford Review Call scheduled for Friday, July 12, 2019, has been cancelled.  If you have a matter that needs to be addressed, Commissioner Coppoletti has stated, the matter can proceed to hearing by agreement of the parties, at the Waukegan Review Call to be held Friday, July 19, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

JULY 5th HEARING DATE CANCELLED IN NEW LENOX

Posted: 6/18/2019

Please note that the July 5th hearing date in New Lenox has been cancelled. The status call on Monday, July 1st will be held as scheduled and will be presided over by Arbitrator Doherty. Please direct all correspondence concerning the July New Lenox docket to Arbitrator Doherty at Carolyn.Doherty@illinois.gov

REMINDER: GENEVA’S JUNE TRIAL CYCLE IS SPLIT

Posted: 6/14/2019

REMINDER: The June trial cycle in Geneva has been split into two groups of dates. The first three dates of the trial cycle are June 12th, 13th and 14th. There is then a one week break. The trial cycle resumes on June 24th and will continue through June 28th. The split trial cycle is due to parking concerns related to Geneva’s annual Swedish festival being held the week of June 17th – 21st. Please direct all correspondence concerning the Geneva docket in June to Arbitrator Ory at Christine.Ory@illinois.gov.

JULY 5th HEARING DATE CANCELLED IN QUINCY

Posted: 6/14/2019

Please note that the hearing date scheduled for Friday, July 5th in Quincy has been cancelled. The status call scheduled for Wednesday, July 3rd will be held as scheduled and presided over by Arbitrator Hemenway. Please direct all correspondence concerning the July Quincy docket to Arbitrator Hemenway at Christina.Hemenway@illinois.gov. We apologize for any inconvenience.

May 17th Ottawa Review Cancelled

Posted: 5/16/2019

​Please note that Commissioner Flores’ Ottawa Review scheduled for Friday, May 17th has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

New IWCC Case Docket Website

Posted: 4/29/2019

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission is pleased to announce that a new version of its case docket website is now available at https://casedocket.iwcc.il.gov/.  This new website features an updated design, offers improved readability, and is fully responsive with mobile devices and tablets. It replaces the neon mainframe website but maintains the same layout, data, and functionality of the previous version. 

Please update your navigation and bookmarks to https://casedocket.iwcc.il.gov/


Peoria Office Closed Until Monday, May 6th

Posted: 4/29/2019

The Peoria Office of the IWCC will be closed for business until Monday, May 6th when normal operations will resume. Arbitrator Rowe-Sullivan’s Status Call will be held on Tuesday, May 7th as scheduled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

APRIL 18th HEARING DATE CANCELLED IN HERRIN

Posted: 4/15/2019

​Please note that the hearing date scheduled for Thursday, April 18th in Herrin has been cancelled. The status call scheduled for Monday, April 15th and the hearing dates of April 16th and April 17th will be held as scheduled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Commissioner Flores April 9th Review Call cancelled

Posted: 4/8/2019

​Please be advised Commissioner Flores April 9th 9:30 Chicago Review Call has been cancelled.