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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
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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.

IWCC's Spring Judicial Training

Posted: 4/8/2019

​Please be advised that the judicial function of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission will be closed April 10th, 11th and 12th to accommodate the IWCC's Spring Judicial Training.  The Waukegan status call scheduled for Friday, April 12th will proceed as scheduled.  The Commission will return to full functionality Monday, April 15, 2018.

Arbitrator McCarthy Appointed Commissioner

Posted: 3/27/2019

Zone 2 Arbitrator Douglas McCarthy was recently appointed to the position of Commissioner of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. His appointment to Commissioner became effective on March 15th.  The dockets in Urbana, Springfield and Quincy that were previously assigned to Commissioner McCarthy will be designated as "TBA1" until a permanent replacement is named.

Until a new arbitrator is assigned all settlement contracts can be sent to either Arbitrator Hemenway or Arbitrator Pulia for review and / or approval. Their addresses are as follows:

Arbitrator   Hemenway     Arbitrator Pulia 
PO Box 648                       PO Box 8117                                    
Lincoln, IL 62656              Westchester, IL 60154
312/859-9592                  312/465-3977

Motions and other correspondence for the Quincy call on April 3rd and the Springfield call on May 21st are to be sent to Arbitrator Hemenway. Motions and other correspondence for the  Urbana call on June 12th are to be sent to Arbitrator Pulia.

Arbitrator Flores Appointed Commissioner

Posted: 3/27/2019

Zone 4 Arbitrator Barbara Flores was recently appointed to the position of Commissioner of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. Her appointment to Commissioner became effective on March 15th.  The dockets in New Lenox, Kankakee and Ottawa that were previously assigned to Commissioner Flores will be designated as "TBA2" until a permanent replacement is named.

Until a new arbitrator is assigned all settlement contracts can be sent to either Arbitrator Dollison or Arbitrator Erbacci for review and / or approval. Their addresses are as follows:

Arbitrator Dollison                     Arbitrator Erbacci
1448 E. 52nd Street #436          2615 N. Drury Lane
Chicago, IL 60615-4122             Arlington Heights, IL 60004           
312/465-3978                            312/590-3462

Motions and other correspondence for the New Lenox status call on April 1st are to be sent to Arbitrator Dollison. Motions and other correspondence for the Ottawa status call on May 23rd and the Kankakee status call June 17th are to be sent to Arbitrator Erbacci.  

 

Passing of James DeMunno

Posted: 3/19/2019

We regret to announce the passing of James "Jimmy" DeMunno.  In addition to serving as an Appellate Court judge for 8 years, James served as Commissioner with the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission.  The entire Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission extends our condolences to the DeMunno family. 

Memorial visitation will be, Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 10 AM until the 1:30 PM. The memorial service will be held at Davenport Family Funeral Home, 941 S. Old Rand Rd., Lake Zurich. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to JourneyCare Foundation, 2050 Claire Ct., Glenview, IL 60025.



Passing of Michael B. Goldberg

Posted: 3/15/2019

We regret to announce the passing of Michael B. Goldberg.  Mr. Goldberg was a valued member of the Workers' Compensation community.  The entire Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission extends our condolences to the Goldberg family. 

For those who may wish to pay their respects, services will be held at 11 am on Monday, March 18 at Congregation B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim, 1201 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield, Illinois 60015.

Arbitrator Evaluation Form

Posted: 3/12/2019

​The 2019 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. 

https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/iwcc/resources/Documents/2019ArbitratorEvaluationForm.pdf


March 8th Geneva Review Call Cancelled

Posted: 2/21/2019

​Please be advised that Commissioner Tyrrell's March 8, 2019 Geneva review call at 10:00AM has been cancelled.  The Commission apologizes for the inconvenience.

May 6th Hearing Date in New Lenox Cancelled

Posted: 2/15/2019

​Please note that the hearing date scheduled for Monday, May 6th in New Lenox has been cancelled. The status call scheduled for Wednesday, May 1st and the hearing dates of May 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th will be held as scheduled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Arbitrator Seal Assigned to Zone 3

Posted: 2/11/2019

​Effective immediately, Arbitrator Seal will be assigned to cover the dockets previously presided over by Arbitrator McCarthy in Bloomington, Peoria and Rock Island.  Arbitrator Seal's first status call in Zone 3 will be held in Bloomington on Monday, March 25th .

IWCC Chicago Office Details 1/31/2019

Posted: 1/30/2019

​On behalf of the Chairman's, due to severe weather conditions the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission's Chicago Office, located at 100 W. Randolph St, Chicago, Illinois will not be conducting any hearing, trials, or other court matters on January 31, 2019.  However, our Office will be open for non-court business.

No case will be dismissed for want of prosecuted (DWP), or otherwise handled in any way in any proceeding; and further, the time for any pleading, process or paper which would expire on January 31, 2019 is extended to February 1, 2019.   All matters set for January 31, 2019 in Chicago will be continued to a date that will be determined by the IWCC, and notices will be sent out, accordingly.

19th Judicial Circuit Closed on January 30 and 31, 2019

Posted: 1/29/2019

​Due to severe weather conditions, the 19th Judicial Circuit and all divisions thereof will be closed on both January 30 and 31, 2019. As a result of the closure, the final two days of the January Workers' Compensation Commission hearings scheduled for those dates in Waukegan are also cancelled.

Commissioner DeVriendt’s Chicago Review Call Cancelled on Wednesday January 30th

Posted: 1/29/2019

​Due to severe weather conditions, Commissioner DeVriendt's Review Call scheduled for Wednesday, January 30, 2019 in Chicago has been cancelled. The review has been rescheduled and will be held along with Commissioner DeVriendt's February Review Call in Chicago on Wednesday, February 20th at 9:30 AM.

NO COURT MATTERS ON JANUARY 30, 2019

Posted: 1/29/2019

Per the Chairman's direction and discretion as to scheduling, due to severe weather conditions the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission's Chicago Office, located at 100 W. Randolph St, Chicago, Illinois, while commission office at JRTC may be open, we will not be conducting any hearing, trials, or other court matters on January 30, 2019.

No case will be dismissed for want of prosecuted (DWP), or otherwise handled in any way in any proceeding; and further, the time for any pleading, process or paper which would expire on January 30, 2019 is extended to January 31, 2019.   All matters set for January 30, 2019 in Chicago will be continued to a date that will be determined by the IWCC, and notices will be sent out, accordingly.

We may further update this news with any official closures as we receive information from Central Management Services.

IWCC 1/ 30/2019 Chicago Office Closure

Posted: 1/29/2019

On behalf of the Chairman, due to severe weather conditions, the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission's Chicago Office, located at 100 W. Randolph St, Chicago, Illinois will be closed on January 30, 2019.  

Please be advised that because of the closure, that the time for any pleading, process or paper which would expire on January 30, 2019 is extended to January 31, 2019.   

All matters set for January 30, 2019 in Chicago will be continued to a date that will be determined by the IWCC, and notices will be sent out, accordingly.

The Chicago Office may remain closed on January 31, 2019 should the severe weather conditions remain.  Should the Chicago Office remain closed on January 31, the time for any pleading, process or paper will be extended to February 1, 2019.  We will send out electronic notices and update our website when information becomes available.

1/28/2019 MFAB Cancelled

Posted: 1/28/2019

​Due to inclement weather in the Chicagoland area the Medical Fee Advisory Meeting has been cancelled for 1/28/2019.  We will advise when the reshedule date is set.

Changes To The Chicago Arbitration Schedule In April

Posted: 1/24/2019

​Judicial training has been scheduled for Commissioners and Arbitrators on Wednesday, April 10th, Thursday, April 11th and Friday, April 12th. With the exception of the status call in Waukegan on Friday April 12th, all judicial activities will be cancelled on those dates. The Waukegan status call will be held as scheduled and the IWCC offices will be open.

Please check the Chicago Arbitration Calendar on the IWCC website for changes to the Chicago trial cycles.