As part of the "grand compromise" between the Illinois Republicans and Democrats, the Illinois State Senate has introduced Senate Bill 12, which proposes various changes to the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act. By way of background, the State of Illinois has been without an approved budget for over a year and a half. Since 2015, Governor Rauner has refused to agree to any budget unless there were also changes to various state law, including workers' compensation. The situation is reaching crisis proportions, with the Illinois Attorney General most recently moving to suspend any further pay to any state worker. As such, Senate Bill 12 offers proposed reform to the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act to satisfy, in part, the requirements set forth by Governor Rauner to earn his agreement to approve a state budget.
On December 11, 2015, the Illinois Appellate Court published its decision in the case of Bolingbrook Police Department v. Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, which, in part, appears to expand workers' compensation principles of what constitutes a compensable accident.