The Illinois State Supreme Court filed a decision April 16, 2015 in the matter of Illinois State Treasurer versus the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. In this case, the State Treasurer was acting as the custodian for the Injured Workers Benefit Fund, and was attempting to overturn a decision in the appellate court. The single question of law dealt with in this opinion was whether or not the State Treasurer, as custodian for the Injured Workers Benefit Fund, was required to file an appeal bond in order to obtain judicial review of a decision by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission affirming an arbitrator’s award of benefits to an injured worker. The unanimous court ruled that yes, they have to file an appeal bond, in effect putting them in the same position as any one employee or employer who seeks to challenge a decision of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission on appeal. The arbitrator had awarded the injured worker significant benefits, and the Illinois Industrial Commission affirmed that arbitrator’s decision. Chalk one up for the good guys.

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