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    John D. Cooney: Gov. Rauner Opens Another Front in the War Against the Middle Class

    The following op-ed was submitted to select newspapers throughout the state and published in The Dispatch (Quad Cities) on February 13, 2015. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Rockford Register Star ran a shortened version on February 19, 2015. The State Journal-Register published the piece on February 20, 2015.   Gov. Rauner Opens Another Front in […]

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    ITLA President John D. Cooney Response to State of the Budget Address

     Gov. Rauner ‘Reforms’ An Attack On Financial Security and Prospects of Middle and Lower Income Illinoisans Limiting Access to Courts Another Front in 40-Year War Against Middle Class   Statement from Illinois Trial Lawyers President John Cooney   Behind the guise of so-called reform, Gov. Bruce Rauner has opened a new front in the 40-year […]

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    ITLA President John D. Cooney State of the State Response

    Gov. Rauner Opens Another Front in the War Against the Middle Class with His State of the State Address Limiting Access to Courts Further Jeopardizes Illinoisans’ Financial Security Statement from Illinois Trial Lawyers President John Cooney  Legendary investor Warren Buffett, worth $63.3 billion and the second richest man in America, said it best: “There’s class […]

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    Illinois’ Economy Is Making a Strong Comeback

    The Illinois economy is growing at a brisk pace. New businesses, more jobs and lower unemployment are helping Illinois dig out of the deep recession that had plagued the United States since 2008. Despite demands for business “reforms” – including “workers’ compensation reforms” and/or “tort reform” – it is obvious that the economy in Illinois […]

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    Illinois vs. Indiana – Workers’ Compensation

    Illinois is often compared to our neighbor Indiana when it comes to workers’ compensation costs for businesses. Unfortunately, it is not a fair or accurate comparison. Wages are the main driving factor when it comes to workers’ compensation costs. Workers compensation benefits (non-medical) are based on a worker’s average weekly wage and the weekly wage […]

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