Tag: IL workers' comp. reform

Watch McQueary pick JB Pritzker, Emanuel and Vallas as the winners, Cable & Web

Kristen McQueary [Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Member]: … I think Paul Vallas will put Rahm in a run-off for sure. ********* Berkowitz:  So, you said Gov. Rauner doesn’t even get 90% of the Ives’ Republican Primary voters to vote for him. Say… 20% of those 340,000 voters stay home… I mean, possibly… 60, 000… Republicans... Read more »

Watch R Gov candidate Ives discuss w/Berkowitz elimination of the IL Corporate income tax & speak to City Club of Chicago, cable & web

Text revised and pics and links to videos added at 7:30 am on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 R Gov Candidate Jeanne Ives: I would …work towards eliminating completely the corporate tax…That would give a big show… that we are serious about job creations. Tonight’s north and northwest Chicago suburban edition of Public Affairs features a... Read more »

Gov. Emasculated or Gov. No new taxes unless we get real reforms? Will the real Gov. Rauner stand up?

In the words of Dirty Harry, the 23 Republican  legislators who supported on Friday the Madigan fiscal 2018 spending resolution  need to ask themselves the same question the perp was asked by Harry as the perp started to reach for a gun…“I bet you are wondering, did he fire six shots or only five…you’ve got... Read more »

Is IL closer to getting a state budget & reforms than a year ago? Berkowitz w/ trial lawyer Matt Belcher, Cable/web

  What happens, hypothetically speaking, when Speaker Madigan asks a typical plaintiff’s trial lawyer specializing in Worker’s comp. insurance cases to reach a compromise on the causation standard used  to resolve Worker’s compensation lawsuits?  Does Illinois have a bad business litigation climate relative to surrounding states and if so why? Could more charter and voucher... Read more »

Moving from Radogno's Grand Bargain to Rauner's small bargain: will the Republican base cheerlead for Governor Rauner again?

Text supplemented and revised– and video (re Sen. Biss, AFSCME and Bayer) and other links added at 4:10 pm on Saturday. Ironically, it might be the more than three decade IL House Speaker Mike Madigan who will make the limited government, liberty, free market oriented Illinois Policy Institute, leader of the Republican Party base, happy-... Read more »

Watch Berkowitz discuss w/Todd Maisch trading workers' comp. and property tax reform for new State Revenue, Cable/Web

Jeff Berkowitz: Would you favor any increase in the income tax rate from it’s current rate of 3.75% as a part of a deal— Todd Maisch: As a part of an overall package of which workman’s compensation [reform] would have to be on the table and we would insist on some… *************** Maisch: To answer... Read more »

Gov. Rauner puts a brick on the Cullerton-Radogno Grand Bargain

Maybe…Gov. Rauner will  bring in Tillman and Proft to assist in negotiating with the other three leaders. ******** For the last two months or so, Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) and Senate Republican Leader Chris Radogno (R-Lemont) have been developing their Grand Bargain. Radogno was to get Senate Republicans to support increased taxes in exchange... Read more »

Better than Speaker Madigan debating Gov. Rauner: Berkowitz w/Plaintiff's Lawyer Matt Belcher on Workers' Comp. Reform- Cable/Web

Matt Belcher: What [Republican House Leader Durkin] wants to do is to say that anybody who is middle aged or has any sort of pre-existing degenerative condition no longer gets workers’ compensation. Jeff Berkowitz: Can that really be true? What’s next on Public Affairs? Berkowitz mediating a discussion and resolution of the workers comp. reform... Read more »

Berkowitz goes 1 on 2 with Speaker Madigan/Rep. Greg Harris and w/R Leaders Radogno and Durkin: IL State Budget impasse

Jeff Berkowitz: The Governor seems to have put on the table, implicitly, five billion dollars, or so, a year, in new revenue… Speaker Mike Madigan [D-Chicago]: I am not aware that the Governor has asked for a tax increase. ****** House Republican Leader Jim Durkin:… I know that there is a very strong feeling among... Read more »

Dems back out of Gov/Leaders’ meeting, but Speaker gets his wished for Agenda

Speaker Madigan & Senate President Cullerton won’t attend today’s Gov/Leaders’ meeting. Speaker Mike Madigan said late afternoon yesterday that a schedule conflict will prevent him from meeting today at 1 pm with the Governor, et al. Rauner, Republican Leaders Durkin and Rodogno and Senate President Cullerton had said they could make it to the meeting.... Read more »