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Governor Announces Appointments to the Workers’ Compensation Commission PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katelyn Tye   
Monday, 24 October 2011 15:19

Appointments Latest Step in Series of Workers’ Compensation Reforms

CHICAGO – October 17, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the appointments of 7 commissioners to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC). Commissioners review workers’ compensation appeals, and today’s appointments relate to the package of reforms to the workers’ compensation system that Governor Quinn led through the General Assembly and signed earlier this year.

“We set out to review and reform our entire workers’ compensation system in Illinois, and that’s what we have done,” Governor Quinn said. “Our reforms continue protections for workers, while also saving our businesses millions and improving Illinois’ business climate. These commissioners will ensure that Illinois workers’ compensation cases are judged fairly so that workers and business can have confidence in our system.”

Commissioners sit on one of three IWCC panels that review appeals by petitioners or respondents to an arbitrator’s decision. To ensure balanced reviews, each panel consists of three commissioners: a commissioner representing the public, a labor commissioner representing the employee community, and a business commissioner representing the employer community.

In June, Governor Quinn signed House Bill 1698, a comprehensive overhaul of Illinois’ workers’ compensation system. The reforms are expected to save Illinois businesses between $500 and $750 million dollars annually, while continuing protections for injured workers. The reform package also included a major overhaul of Illinois’ troubled Workers’ Compensation Commission.

Last Friday, the Governor appointed 29 arbitrators to the IWCC, following a rigorous vetting process by the Advisory Board and the Office of the Governor. The overhaul called for the Governor to make appointments or reappointments to fill all arbitrator positions, considering recommendations from the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Board. Members of the board - six representing employers and six representing workers - were appointed by the Governor earlier this year

The new law requires both arbitrators and commissioners to follow the rules and ethical practices of judges. Arbitrators and commissioners must also take at least 20 hours of training every 2 years while in office regarding professional and ethical standards, detection of fraud, evidence-based medical treatment, and Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis.

The Governor appointed commissioners to seven positions that were on expired terms. Five commissioners were reappointed. Commissioner Molly Mason was appointed as an arbitrator on Friday. Three commissioners, Yolaine Dauphin, Thomas Tyrrell, and Chairman Mitchell Weisz, are in the midst of four year terms, set to expire on Jan. 21, 2013.

Current panels and Commissioners:

Commissioners by panel:

Panel A

Panel B

Panel C

Employee representatives:

Thomas Tyrrell

Charles DeVriendt

David Gore

Public representatives:

Daniel Donohoo

Yolaine Dauphin

Michael Paul Latz

Employer representatives:

Kevin Lamborn

Nancy Lindsay

Mario Basurto

 

Governor Quinn has appointed:

 

Mario Basurto of Cook County has more than 15 years of experience as an attorney and legal supervisor and has been a commissioner with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission since 2005. Previously, Mr. Basurto worked as an attorney for the firm Dranias, Harrington & Wilson, and as an in-house trial attorney and assistant legal supervisor for the Law Offices of Lauren Meachum, where he was exclusively responsible for over 70% of the firm’s largest corporate client, United Parcel Service. Mr. Basurto is an active member in such organizations as the Chicago Bar Association, the Hispanic Lawyers Assication and the Puerto Rican Lawyers Association. He received a J.D. and a B.A. from the University of Illinois. Mr. Basurto will be serving as a Commissioner on Panel C.

 

Charles DeVriendt of Will County has nearly 30 years of experience as a workers’ compensation attorney through his private practice, DeVriendt and Associates, and has served as an arbitrator with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission since 2004. Mr. DeVriendt previously served as Assistant General Counsel at the Chicago Park District, Assistant Corporation Counsel at the City of Chicago and served as a police officer at the Chicago Police Department. He holds a J.D. from DePaul University, and a B.A. from St. Joseph College. Mr. DeVriendt will be appointed as a Commissioner on Panel B.

Daniel R. Donohoo of Madison County has more than 25 years of experience as a CPA and county recorder and has served as a Commissioner with the Illinois Worker’s Compensation Commission since May of 2010. Mr. Donohoo served for over 20 years as the recorder for Madison County in addition to being a board member for four years. He has worked at the firms Schoppet & Schoppet and Croxford, Donohoo & Co. Mr. Donohoo is a member of ABA, ISBA, AICPA and ILCPA and has been a member of Governor Quinn’s Taxpayer Action Board. He holds a J.D. from Thomas L. Cooley Law School and a B.A. from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Mr. Donohoo will be serving as a Commissioner on Panel A.

David L. Gore Jr. of Will County has nearly 20 years of experience as an attorney and has served as a commissioner with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission since 2006. Previously, he was a partner at the firm Gore & Gore, specializing in workers compensation cases. Mr. Gore has also served as Assistant State’s Attorney for Chicago, staff attorney with the Illinois Legislative Reference Bureau and Contract Administrator for an intellectual property protection company. In addition, he has served as staff representative of the United Steelworkers of America, ALF-CIO-CLC. Gore holds a J.D., an M.A. and a B.A. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Gore will be serving as a Commissioner on Panel C.

 

Kevin W. Lamborn of DuPage County has more than 20 years of experience as a prosecutor in several divisions of the Cook County States’ Attorney and has served as a commissioner with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission since 2007. Mr. Lamborn previously worked as an attorney and partner for the firm McAuley & Lamborn and as an associate attorney for the municipal practice law firm Storino, Ramello & Durkin. He holds a J.D. from The John Marshall Law School and a B.A. from Valparaiso University. Mr. Lamborn will be serving as a Commissioner on Panel A.

Michael Paul Latz of Cook County has more than 20 years of experience as an attorney in private practices and in the public sector. Mr. Latz is currently Of Counsel with the firm Ancel Glink Diamond Bush DiCianni & Kraftheffer. Previously, he was an associate and partner for Bollinger, Rueberry & Garvey and associate at Potter & Schaffner and O’Conner, Schiff & Meyer. He has also served as assistant state’s attorney for Cook County. He holds a J.D. and a B.A. from University of Notre Dame. Mr. Latz will be serving as a Commissioner on Panel C.

 

Nancy H. Lindsay of Sangamon County has more than 30 years of experience as an attorney specializing in workers’ compensation and has served as a commissioner with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission since 2006. Previously, Ms. Lindsay taught business law at Illinois College in Jacksonville for nearly 20 years. She has served as a member and president for the Morgan County Bar Association and is currently a member of the Illinois State Bar Association. Ms. Lindsay holds a J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law, a M.A. from Sangamon State University and a B.A. from Illinois College. Ms. Lindsay will be serving as a Commissioner on Panel B.

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Ron Paul Announces Ambitious ‘Plan to Restore America’ PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Drew Ivers   
Monday, 24 October 2011 15:15
Realistic solutions to spending, tax challenges
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign announced the release of Dr. Paul’s “Plan to Restore America,” an ambitious federal government spending, tax and reform blueprint that as President he will implement.

The plan, authored by Paul’s campaign staff at his direction, promises to restore the federal government to its former Constitutionally-limited, smaller-government and less-burdensome place.  The plan cuts $1 trillion in federal spending during the first year of a Paul Presidency and delivers a balanced budget in year three of a Paul Presidency. 

“Ron Paul’s plan is the only one that seriously addresses the economic and budgetary problems our nation faces. It cuts $1 trillion in one year, and slashes regulations and taxes so our economy can grow and create jobs,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton, a plan co-author.

“It’s the only plan offered by a presidential candidate that actually balances the budget and begins to pay down the debt.  And it’s the only plan being offered that tries to reign in the Federal Reserve and get inflation under control.”

Cuts totaling $1 trillion during the first year of a Paul Presidency would be achieved by eliminating five federal cabinet departments – the Departments of Energy, Housing and Urban Development, Commerce, Interior and Education.  Cuts of this scale will also be accomplished by a Paul Presidency abolishing the Transportation Security Administration and returning responsibility for security to private property owners, abolishing corporate subsidies, stopping foreign aid, ending foreign wars, and returning most other spending to 2006 levels.

To view Dr. Paul’s “Plan to Restore America” in full, please click here.

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Ron Paul to Make Major Announcement in Las Vegas PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Martin   
Monday, 24 October 2011 15:13
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul will hold a press conference to make a major announcement during a Nevada campaign visit.

The event will take place on Monday, October 17th at 3:00 p.m. Pacific time in the Casanova Room of the Venetian Resort and Casino, located at 3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109.

The event is free and open to the public.  There will be two press risers with two multiple feed boxes.  Due to the high volume of requests, members of the media are asked to RSVP by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Details of the event are as follows.  Please note time zone.

Monday, October 17, 2011

3:00 p.m. Pacific
Ron Paul “Restore America Plan” Press Conference
Casanova Room, Casino Level
Venetian Resort and Casino
3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

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Ron Paul Presidential Campaign Announces New Prolife Ad Buy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Drew Ivers   
Monday, 24 October 2011 15:11
‘Life’ features Paul’s prolife physician background
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign announced today the launch of a new prolife advertisement as part of its ongoing weeks-long, million-plus dollar ad buy.

The ad, titled ‘Life,’ will air beginning today on broadcast and cable television in Iowa and on radio in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. 

The ad features Dr. Paul’s recollection of his early years as a physician.  In particular, he recounts a time when he witnessed the tragic irony surrounding urgent medical care provided, and denied, to a wanted baby delivered prematurely and an unwanted baby that survived a late-term abortion.  

“This whole notion of life not being valuable just is something I was never able to accept,” Dr. Paul says in his ad.

Dr. Paul is by trade an OB-GYN who personally delivered more than 4,000 babies.

To view the ad, please click here.
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"Plastic Men" to Air Preceding CNN Debate October 18 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Michael Elliott   
Monday, 24 October 2011 15:10
Revolution PAC's Ron Paul ad targeting integrity-deficient rivals to make national TV debut.

Northbrook, IL - October 13, 2011

Revolution PAC has secured three 60-second national prime time spots to air its acclaimed ad "Plastic Men" in conjunction with next week's CNN Western Republican Presidential Debate. Featured by USA Today and The Wall Street Journal when it launched in mid-September and logging more than 100,000 YouTube views since that time, the video sharply differentiates limited government champion and fiscal hawk Congressman Ron Paul from his establishment-driven GOP rivals.

The CNN Western Republican Presidential Debate will be broadcast live from Las Vegas at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on October 18.

Revolution PAC expects the airing of "Plastic Men" to further diminish Rick Perry, who has plummeted in the polls and failed to impress in recent debates, as a viable option for conservative leaders. Perry's Texas executive order requiring HPV vaccinations, Mitt Romeny's Massachusetts health care mandate and the economic miscues of a host of Republican candidates are spotlighted in the ad.

"'Plastic Men' is an exercise in distinguishing Ron Paul's consistent, principled record from those of the GOP field's many pretenders," explains Revolution PAC Advisory Board member Gary Franchi. "Unabashed TARP supporters Mitt Romney and Herman Cain, for instance, stand in stark contrast to Ron Paul, who began warning of the housing collapse in 2001 and who has never voted for a bailout. The media consistently downplays Dr. Paul's prescience on this and other vital issues; Revolution PAC aims to correct any misperceptions."

Timing of the ad, Franchi continues, could not be better. "Cain was caught this week brazenly denying his criticism of Ron Paul's Audit the Fed push. Now that the investigation has proven fruitful, revealing $16 trillion in previously undisclosed loans by the Federal Reserve to foreign and domestic banks, Cain claims to support transparency."

The bottom line message of "Plastic Men" is clear, insists Franchi. "Regardless of slick packaging, political expediency will not win votes in 2012."

Rep. Paul's strong states' rights outlook engenders strong support for his campaign throughout the West. In September, Paul won the California GOP Straw Poll by a wide margin. In the 2008 GOP presidential primaries, he earned second place-finishes in Nevada, Montana, Idaho and New Mexico.

A recent Harris Poll showed Ron Paul prevailing over Barack Obama 51 percent to 49 percent in a general election race.

Revolution PAC is bolstering Ron Paul's consistent, constitutional message with targeted TV advertising campaigns complemented by billboards and radio ads in key primary states. Unlimited donations by individuals, businesses and organizations are being accepted by Revolution PAC to support that effort.

http://RevolutionPAC.com

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