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IWCC Holiday Closings

Posted: 2/5/2018

​Please be advised that the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission will be closed Monday, February 12, 2018 in observance of President Lincoln's Birthday.  The Commission will return to full functionality Tuesday, February 13, 2018.  The Commission will also be closed Monday, February 19, 2018 in observance of the President's Day holiday.  The Commission will return to full functionality Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

Arbitrator Evaluation Form

Posted: 2/1/2018

​The 2018 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.

Passing of Timothy P. Considine

Posted: 1/26/2018

​We regret to announce the passing of Timothy P. Considine.  The Commission extends our condolences to the entire Considine family. Information regarding the services is detailed below.

Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 27, in St. Rita Catholic Church, 6254 Valley Knoll Drive, Rockford, with visitation from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, Harmon.  Visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 26, in Delehanty Funeral Home, Ltd., 401 River Lane, Loves Park.

ARDC Attorney Information

Posted: 11/2/2017

​Per the ARDC's confirmation call:

Attorney Christopher Donald Freeman will not be authorized to practice law for the period October 13, 2017 – March 13, 2018.

Arbitrator Downstate Docket Realignment Effective January 1, 2018

Posted: 10/13/2017

​Effective January 1, 2018 and in accordance with the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act, arbitrators outside of Cook County who have been at their current hearing sites for a period of two years will be reassigned to other hearing sites. Until the new assignments take effect on January 1st all settlement contracts, motions, RTC requests and any other case related correspondence should be sent to the arbitrator who was assigned to that case in 2017. Any case related documents received after January 1, 2018 will be forwarded to the newly assigned arbitrator who will be taking over that docket. Please be aware that the IWCC website will begin reflecting the name of the newly assigned arbitrator if the next status call for the case has been scheduled after January 1, 2018.

Liquidation Order Entered

Posted: 5/9/2017

​In the matter of CastlePoint National Insurance Company an order of liquidation has been entered. Please follow the Insurance tab on the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission's website to access the order.

IWCC Adopted Amendments to and New Parts for its Administrative Rules

Posted: 11/7/2016

On October 19, 2016, the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission voted unanimously to adopt amendments to and new parts for its Administrative Rules.  The final rules, as amended, as well as a document of the new rules with tracked changes may be found on IWCC’s Rules Page.

These proposed rules reflect an agreed effort, drafted by a Committee of 28 attorneys, representing all sides of the Workers’ Compensation bar in Illinois.  This Committee drafted, discussed, and amended these Rules to allow the IWCC to better serve its purpose, in a more efficient, effective, fair, and neutral manner.

The Committee consisted of 2 sitting Commissioners: Commissioner Michael J. Brennan and Commissioner Stephen Mathis; 4 sitting Arbitrators: Steve Friedman, Molly C. Mason, Doug McCarthy, and Maureen Pulia; 18 practicing attorneys: Matthew Belcher, Shawn Biery, Bruce A. Bonds, Frank Brady, Jack Cannon, James Clune, Richard D. Hannigan, Richard K. Johnson, Charles (Denne) Knell, William Lowry, David B. Menchetti, Elaine T. Newquist, Christine M. Ory, John F. Power, Arnold G. Rubin, Frank A. Sommario, Jean Swee, and Ken Werts; and 4 Commissioners’ Staff Attorneys: Mary Sweeney-Bach, Svetlana Kelmanson, Tim Melford, and Elaine Llerena. 

The IWCC wishes to express its sincere appreciation to the 28 attorneys who assisted in drafting and amending the rules.

Liquidation Order Entered

Posted: 6/1/2016

​In the matter of Lumbermen's Underwriting Alliance an order of liquidation has been entered. Please follow the Insurance tab on the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission's website to access the order.

Video Evidence Submission to the Commission

Posted: 5/17/2016

​The Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission uses "VLC Media Player" for watching evidence that is submitted in "Video Format". Please submit video evidence in one of the following formats, MP4, WAV, WMV or AVI.

19 (p) List

Posted: 3/24/2016

Pursuant to §19(p), Chairman Fratianni has selected the following five Arbitrators from the list provided by the Advisory Board:

Carolyn Doherty
Stephen Friedman
Nancy Lindsay
Molly Mason
Douglas McCarthy

Hearing Room Reservations For Settlement Dates

Posted: 10/30/2015

​Hearing rooms are available for use on Settlement Days subject to availability. Rooms will be assigned on a first come first served basis. If you are interested in reserving a hearing room please contact Annette Roti by email at . To be sure that your requests are properly handled, please refrain from calling or leaving voicemail requests.

Attention all parties and counsel

Posted: 10/5/2015

Due to operating constraints, the Commission is suspending the mailings of Arbitrator and Commission decisions and requests your cooperation in facilitating communications.   We request you email the Arbitrator to whom your case is assigned if it is at Arbitration level, or the Administrative Assistant for the Commissioner to whom your case is assigned if it is at the Commission level, written waiver of service by mail, and acceptance of email service, for Commission decisions.   Parties may also request to pick up a copy of any decision at the Commission front desk at the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., 8th Floor, Chicago, IL 60601.   Please include your case name and number on all email correspondence(s). Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

No gifts, please

Posted: 12/19/2014

As the holiday season is upon us, please remember that IWCC rules prohibit IWCC employees from accepting anything of value from 1) any petitioner or respondent with a workers' compensation case; or 2) any attorney representing a petitioner or respondent with a workers' compensation case in front of the IWCC. This includes cash, gifts, and gift cards, as well as minor expenses such as a free lunch or even a discount.

New process for requesting files

Posted: 8/12/2014

To improve services, the IWCC has created a dedicated email address for parties to request documents. 

Parties to a case
(petitioner, respondent, their attorneys, and petitioner's medical provider)

Email  Please allow one week for a response before re-sending the email.  If you are requesting a document on a case that was closed more than three months ago, allow two weeks for us to retrieve the document from a remote warehouse. 

In Chicago, parties may view the case file in person upon proof of identity (ARDC card and/or valid State ID). 


Email a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to FOIA Officer Dennie Michelle Mogensen and copy Nicholas Velazquez, or mail requests to

Ms. Dennie Michelle Mogensen, FOIA Officer
100 W. Randolph Ste 8-200
Chicago, IL 60601

Information falling under FOIA exemptions will be redacted.

The IWCC is dedicated to providing documents promptly and protecting the privacy of claimants.

Settlement tips

Posted: 7/15/2014

​When submitting settlement contracts, please keep the following points in mind:

  1. Make sure your settlements are legible! If the terms are long, please attach an additional page.  If the document isn't clear, it may be misrepresented in our computer system.  Once the contract is destroyed, the computer record will be all that remains.
  2. Send us one copy for every case number listed on the contract, plus one more copy, plus any copies you want returned to you.

    For example, if two cases are listed on a contract, the arbitrator will need to keep three copies. If you want us to send you one copy, send four copies (2 case numbers + 1 extra + 1 for you).

  3. If you enclose a cover letter, make sure you copy the opposing party. Otherwise, it could be an ex parte communication, and we may return the contracts to you.

  4. If an arbitration decision has been appealed, the arbitrator no longer has jurisdiction in the case. The settlement contract must be considered by the assigned commissioner.

  5. Send all correspondence to the appropriate address on the "Contact Information" web page. Do not send mail to a hearing site!

  6. If you want us to mail you copies of an approved contract, enclose an 8" x 11" self-addressed, stamped envelope with adequate postage

We will appreciate your attention to these details, which will keep the process moving smoothly.

Attorney code numbers now mandatory

Posted: 5/6/2014
The Commission now requires attorneys to enter their attorney code numbers on each document filed at the IWCC. The attorney code numbers prevent errors and reduce our data entry time considerably.

If you do not have an attorney code number, please download our form, fill it out, and email it to Yvonna Castronova (312/814-6564).

If you move, complete a Notice of Change of Address (IC26) for each case number, and direct it to James Gentry (312/814-6714) in Data Entry.

We appreciate your cooperation in this effort to facilitate the quick, accurate entry of information into our database.

Think "Safety First" at work and at home

Posted: 4/23/2014

Which would you guess is higher: the rate of accidental injury at home or at work?  Believe it or not, the National Safety Council says home is more dangerous. And while work-related injury rates are declining, off-the-job injuries have increased significantly. 

Nine out of ten deaths and three out of four injuries to workers in 2012 occurred off the job. We encourage everyone to cultivate safety awareness at all times.

Arbitration policies in effect

Posted: 2/14/2012

This is a reminder that the following arbitration trial policies are in effect:

  1. Parties present and ready for trial shall be given priority over parties either not ready or those requesting pre-trials.
  2. Parties will not be required by arbitrators to submit to pre-trials.
  3. Parties who request a pre-trial will be given an opportunity for a pre-trial after trials have concluded.
  4. All additional rules or requirements of arbitrators, as a condition to obtaining a trial, that are inconsistent with the mandate of Section 16 that procedures be simple and summary, shall be immediately discontinued.
  5. All arbitrators will grant trials pursuant to Section 19(b) of the Act on any case where the petitioner is claiming past or current benefits remain unpaid, regardless of the petitioner's current work status. This includes past or future medical, TTD, and maintenance. For example, if a petitioner has returned to work but TTD or medical remains unpaid, he or she has a right to a trial pursuant to Section 19(b).
  6. All arbitrators at all Downstate venues will begin conducting trials on each and every trial date listed on their schedule if requested to do so by the parties. Furthermore, the parties will not be required to wait through each day of the call until they are reached and may return for trial on the date they have chosen

Commission encourages more Settlement Days

Posted: 7/22/2008

As we all know, the Commission is a high-volume operation. Each arbitrator handles roughly 3,000 cases at any time, which makes it essential to make the best possible use of his or her time. We also know that opposing parties on a case often do not meet until the day of trial. Valuable trial time is then spent on perfunctory matters, easily-resolved discrepancies, and hallway negotiations.

In response, several years ago the Commission started encouraging groups to hold a "Settlement Day" at the Commission. The idea is to bring the two sides together informally to discuss the case and narrow the issues in dispute.

In a typical Settlement Day, an employer, insurance company, or law firm will invite opposing counsel on 25-100 cases to come to the Commission to see if the issues in dispute can be resolved.

No hearing officers or Commission staff are present at Settlement Day conferences. If the parties reach agreement, an arbitrator is available to review the settlement contracts that day.

Thousands of cases have been resolved through this process, and the Commission encourages groups to try it for themselves.

If you find files that are ready to go and you invite the opposing counsel to a Settlement Day, "your success rate should be over 50%," says Keith Brown, senior claims manager at Wausau Insurance, which has set up over a dozen Settlement Days.

"You can close more cases in a Settlement Day than you would ordinarily close in a day or even a week," he continues. "Everyone's in a frame of mind to settle the claims out. It brings down both parties' caseloads and gets the files out of the system."

For more information, or to schedule a Settlement Day, please contact Annette.Roti.

Send court orders to Commission


If you are involved in a case in which a court issues an order requiring the Commission to act, please send a copy of the order to Yvonna Castronova (312/814-6564), and ask the court to return the transcript to us. The courts do not always send us copies of their orders, and cases may fall into limbo if we are not informed. Thanks for your help in keeping the process running smoothly.

Need help bringing a worker back to light duty?


The federal Job Accommodation Network (800/526-7234) offers free information regarding workplace accommodations for disabled workers. This service may be particularly helpful to employers that are trying to bring injured workers back to light-duty work.

Given the functional requirements of a job and the individual's limitations, a consultant will provide advice on the appropriate workplace accommodations. Fortunately, most employees can be accommodated at a modest cost. Often, it is cheaper to pay for the accommodations than to continue to pay Temporary Total Disability benefits.