Thursday, April 14, 2011

What's in the water in Illinois?

In the race to claim the title of "Most Dysfunctional State" Illinois seems to be opening up a nice lead over NJ, NY and California.

"State government is an employer, too, with approaching 70,000 full- and part-time workers. And from that pool there are currently 25,000 open workers' comp claims. That's a breathtaking number. It is impossible to believe all of those are legitimate.

Apparently federal investigators have questions, too, as they've launched a criminal probe following reports by the Belleville News-Democrat of alleged abuses of the system at Menard Correctional Center in Chester, where more than half the staff - 389 people, most of them prison guards and including the warden - have been paid some $10 million for on-the-job injuries such as those occasioned by locking and unlocking cell doors."


35% of all state employees are on workers' comp? Either their work is way too dangerous or to paraphrase Shakespeare "Something is rotten in the state of Illinois."

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