Tuesday, Nov 30, 2004
The statement from the Illinois Chamber about the Cook County judge’s ruling on the fee increase follows. Also, I read the court’s decision very early in the morning and misread part of it. Only the fees collected from the Workers Compensation surcharge are placed in escrow. However, it’s clear from the opinion that the other 300 fee increases aren’t Kosher.
â€œThe courtâ€™s decision sends a clear message to our state lawmakers that it is unreasonable â€“ and unconstitutional â€“ to discriminate among fee payers and specifically burden one group, in this case businesses and employers, with providing funds for general purposes,â€ said Douglas L. Whitley, president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber.
A story in Crain’s about the judge’s ruling is here.