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Illinois bill would create state-sponsored insurance company

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An Illinois bill that would create a state-sponsored insurance company to provide workers compensation was placed on the calendar for a second reading last Thursday.

H.B. 4595, introduced by state Rep. Laura Fine, D-Glenview, would create the Illinois Employers Mutual Insurance Co. as a nonprofit that issues insurance for workers comp and occupational disease, according to the bill’s latest text.

The company would not be a state agency or receive taxpayer funding. It would be established with a $10 million loan from the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission Operations Fund.

The bill is similar to H.B. 2622, which was vetoed last year by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner.