Lawyer warns against override of 'fake' workers' comp bill veto
A workers’ compensation bill the General Assembly is expected to take up when it returns to session is “nutty,” according to a Chicago attorney.
Eugene Keefe, a partner with Keefe, Campbell, Biery and Associates, characterized House Bill 2525 – sponsored by Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-Swansea) and Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) – as “fake” legislation “that was created to counter the less-than-brilliant (workers' compensation) proposals of Governor (Bruce) Rauner in his 'Turnaround Agenda.'"
“This nutty bill is being promoted by the House and Senate Democrats as workers' compensation ‘reform,’” Keefe said. “This bill, if the governor’s veto is overridden, may expand workers’ comp coverage drastically, as it would lock Illinois’ employers into a poorly thought-out court-expanded liability that was later rejected by the Illinois Supreme Court."
An override of the veto of HB2525 would require 71 votes in the House and 36 in the Senate. There are currently 67 Democrats and 51 Republicans in the House and 37 Democrats and 22 Republicans in the Senate.