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Tuesday, Feb 23, 2021

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is facing a decision on legislation that will either anger a group of those he’s politically allied with or others who represent the front line in the pandemic response. […]

Should he sign it, personal injury lawsuits in the state would be subject to an annual prejudgement interest of 9%. That means a potential civil monetary judgment would see a required increase in the payout for any time that passes between when the injury occurs and the date of a potential settlement.

Prejudgment interest would represent a major shift in trial dynamics in Illinois and, according to Paul Gaynor, Healthcare Heroes Illinois spokesman, a devastating blow to the state’s front lines in the COVID-19 pandemic response.

“Doctors, nurses and first responders have risked their lives to protect patients since day one of this pandemic. In return for their steady, selfless service, the General Assembly passed a bill that would place an even greater financial burden on health care providers,” Gaynor said. “Gov. Pritzker needs to stand up for all those providers who responded to the call of duty by vetoing this lame-duck legislation that was designed to enrich the TV lawyers who are seeking to profit off the pandemic.” […]

The governor’s office has said it’s concerned with the financial ramifications of the bill.

The Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, a powerful force in Illinois politics and prominent supporter of Illinois Democrats, says the legislation simply places Illinois in line with the majority of other states.

“Stalling and delaying resolution of meritorious claims exacerbates the harm suffered by the wrongfully injured,” ITLA President Larry Rogers Jr. said in a Jan. 13 statement. “Justice that is delayed is justice denied.”

The bill is here.

* The Question: Should the governor veto or sign this bill?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Res Judicata - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 3:14 pm:

    Very cool. A poll on the popularity of personal injury lawyers. /s/

  2. - JS Mill - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 3:18 pm:

    I assume Bailey and the good citizens of the eastern bloc are a rock solid “yes” on this one given their proclivity for litigation.

    Fake Tom DeVore= “this one is a no-brainer my good friends.”

  3. - Nick - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 3:20 pm:

    9 seems too high

  4. - 1st Ward - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 3:20 pm:

    What’s worse politically more Mercy Hospital like closings/bankruptcy’s or some trial lawyers making millions of dollars instead of 9% more of millions of dollars? Sounds like a tough one….

  5. - Boone's is Back - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 3:20 pm:

    I think the Gov should sign it. It would encourage settlement and faster resolution of these cases. Currently it takes years to initiate and resolve a PI case in Cook County. I know firsthand of many examples that took more than 8 years. That is simply ridiculous.

  6. - OneMan - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 3:21 pm:

    Veto, my wife’s malpractice went up 20% or so this year. If this passes I guarantee it is going to go up again next year.

    The COVID stuff is going to be in court for years, I’d understand COLA or something but 9%?

  7. - don the legend - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 3:23 pm:

    “Justice that is delayed is justice denied.”

    Sign it.

  8. - Merica - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 3:25 pm:

    as a lawyer, and a Democrat, and a fan of much of what trial lawyers propose, I hope the governor vetoes this. We don’t need to increase rates. The more unique the state’s laws, the more expensive national products will be for Illinois residents. we want to be as uniform as possible.

  9. - south side sam - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 3:25 pm:

    you think the lifespan of a cook county case is long now — wait until this passes.

  10. - south side sam - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 3:26 pm:

    if anything, there should be a bill to bring down the absurd 9% post judgment interest rate, to something tied to the federal reserve rate.

  11. - Candy Dogood - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 3:29 pm:

    Sign. Not only should he sign it, I have some pretty obvious questions about the legitimacy of “Healthcare Heroes Illinois” and the organization behind it, The Alliance of Healthcare Counsel, being representative of the actual views of front line medical service providers.

    They pay insurance for a reason, and we’re at a point in our society where very few medical providers operate independently.

    This astroturf organization didn’t even have the decency to hire someone with a license to practice medicine to be it’s spokesperson.

  12. - Anon 3:29 - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 3:31 pm:

    If 1/3 of the money generated from the 9% interest stays out of the trial lawyers pockets, I’d say sign it. If not, veto it. It’s the simple

  13. - Anon 3:29 - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 3:32 pm:

    *that simple

  14. - rob - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 3:33 pm:

    Sign it.

  15. - rob - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 3:33 pm:

    Sign it.

  16. - Perrid - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 3:35 pm:

    9% seems high, and penalizing people to this extent for using their rights and going to court is unappealing. Voted veto.

    If the clock started later or if the interest was less I’d probably change my mind. I’m open to the idea of punishing bad actors that try to bury others in legal fees, but this is too broad.

  17. - JM Brown - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 3:36 pm:

    The bill is badly needed. You can’t have an appreciation as to the abuse in delaying and denying claims are in this State.

  18. - JM Brown - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 3:36 pm:

    The bill is badly needed. You can’t have an appreciation as to the abuse in delaying and denying claims are in this State.

  19. - Joe - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 3:36 pm:

    We are one of only 4 states that does not have prejudgment interest. Our neighboring states including Wisconsin, Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, Iowa and Michigan all have prejudgment interest. If we want National uniformity we should join the 46 other states with the Governor signing the legislation. Best,

  20. - MJE - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 3:36 pm:

    I think this bill would result in LESS litigation. No more incentive for insurance companies to drag their feet before settling a case.

  21. - Robert Fink - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 3:37 pm:

    Please sign this bill, insurance companies are refusing to settle cases until the last second and they just revictimize the victims by dragging them through expensive and time consuming litigation. This will hlep avoid that.

  22. - Kenneth - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 3:39 pm:

    Sign the bill and end insurance Company standard policy of deny, delay, and defend only results in damaged and injured people having to wait years for compensation. Encouraging years delays harm both the insured person who wants this over and the victims who want the same.

  23. - Candy Dogood - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 3:40 pm:

    ===9% seems high, and penalizing people to this extent for using their rights and going to court is unappealing.===

    Just imagine what it’s like to gravely injured and then permanently disabled under the threat of losing one’s home and being unable to afford the bills for your medical treatment as the party responsible for your injury drags their feet knowing that while they might lose at trial, you’re under tremendous financial pressure to just accept a settlement to save you from dire financial straights.

    There’s two sides to this coin.

  24. - J B - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 3:42 pm:

    This is not directed against all hospitals or healthcare providers …only guilty defendants…clearly sign the bill…we need to get things moving in Illinois..why should guilty defendants benefit from delays?

  25. - DuPage Saint - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 3:42 pm:

    I said sign it, but would be nice if interest started to run not at filing date but at the date the insurance company refused to settle for a reasonable offer and proceeded to drag out to trial only to settle day before trial.

  26. - Cicero - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 3:43 pm:

    What people don’t seem to get, is that in medical cases, this interest only applies to doctors who have been proven negligent in a court of law, with a unanimous verdict of 12 people. Despite what you are led to believe, it is very, very very hard to convince a unanimous jury that a doctor is negligent; jurors give docs the benefit of the doubt. So the reality is that this percentage is only going to come into play when there is egregious malpractice and when the insurance company just drags the case out to keep their money for as long as possible.

  27. - Keeping Track - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 3:45 pm:

    If doctors were subject to the free market with respect to their fees, then I suppose they could pass on the inevitable higher malpractice insurance premiums to their “customers” (er…patients). But it’s NOT a free market… health insurance companies, Medicare, Public Aid all basically are fixed prices — yes, we already have socialized medicine, but with a profit motive for the paying entities. I don’t think insurance companies want to drag out cases needlessly, and in at least some instances, any “delays” are not under the control of the defendant (such as court dockets, discovery schedules, etc.) This just is not a great idea and to me, seems like a way for the plaintiff attorneys to just increase the settlement/judgment amounts.

  28. - Crash - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 3:48 pm:

    I am a lawyer who spent a lot of my career doing PI work (90% of that work on the defense side, mostly in defense of construction companies and some trucking companies).

    People have this perception that the companies and their insurers have an incentive to move cases slowly.

    The reality is that for most insurers, defense counsel gets paid for completing work. Complete pleading? You get paid. Complete written discovery? Another check comes in. We have no incentive to slow down.

    However, this bill would give plaintiff’s attorneys an incentive to slow down. The small stuff, like delays in answering written or taking depositions or naming experts, all benefit the plaintiffs. 9% is good money.

    Right now, most delays are simply due to the reasonable time that it takes to complete the job.

    The plaintiffs’ attorneys love to blame us, but when it comes to delays that are probably worse than we are.

    This is simply a gift to plaintiffs’ lawyers. It does not solve a problem. It creates an incentive for plaintiffs’ attorneys to slow down and hurts defense counsel who want to move cases forward.

    One last note regarding my experience. I am not hiding behind a fake name here. The Twitter URL identifies me and that includes a link to my firm’s twitter

  29. - Lucky Pierre - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 3:56 pm:

    The prime rate is currently 3.25%

    Illinois Democrats multiplying that by 3 is tripling down on a bad policy to reward a loyal special interest group

  30. - Anon - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 4:01 pm:

    What’s to keep the plantiffs lawyers from dragging it out to keep that 9% compounding?

  31. - Patrick J Condron - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 4:02 pm:

    Sign it . Insurance companies are using every stall tactics c available to delay cases. If it is a meritorious defense they won’t have to be concerned with interest.

  32. - Notorious RBG - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 4:04 pm:

    Sign. I’ve seen numerous cases of clear-cut medical malpractice that go all the way to trial because the many layers of insurers are fighting over who should pay how much. In a clear cut case of injury caused by malpractice, settlement is a reasonable outcome. This will help bring parties to the table and resolve patients’ claims faster, so that they can move on with their lives.

  33. - TheInvisibleMan - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 4:08 pm:

    It seems to be an important detail that the 9% is tied to an injury caused by negligence. Not just anytime someone in a hospital dies of natural causes.

    Unfortunately, hospitals have the resources to stretch out these types of cases to last years. This is an attempt to codify a counter to that strategy. It incentivizes shorter trials which is good for everyone involved.

    If a hospital is found to not have been negligent in causing the death or injury of another person, the 9% penalty does not apply.

    I see no reason to veto this.

    I see a lot of reasons hospitals should pay financially and even potentially criminally if their negligence causes the injury or death of another person.

    There’s an easy solution for hospitals to avoid this. Stop being negligent in your job.

  34. - Downstate Dem - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 4:09 pm:

    It’s just a money grab. I voted to veto the bill

  35. - OneMan - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 4:13 pm:

    == They pay insurance for a reason, and we’re at a point in our society where very few medical providers operate independently. ==

    I’d rather her insurance didn’t go up every year like it was college tuition. Yes, many (but not all) medical providers operate as part of a larger entity. However, that are some significant ‘buts’ to that. First, my wife is morally obligated to render assistance in situations that require it. Over the last nearly 30 years, we have stopped and rendered assistance at 5 serious traffic accidents. At least two with fatalities. Yes, under (745 ILCS 49/34) she is likely not liable in most situations, but still would need to get a lawyer if someone even started making noise about that.

    Secondly, even working for a bigger entity with multiple parties sued you may be faced with a divergent interests situation, where the employer may still cover your lawyer but offer no other assistance. I have had multiple conversations with malpractice attorneys and some have actually suggested that a lack of even having malpractice insurance may be the best approach (and is surprisingly common in my wife’s clinical scope) since the limited assets most people in her line of work have.

    But how about this as a compromise.

    Make it 7% and none of the interest is subject to any contingency fee agreement. While we are at it, let’s cap contingency fee rates.

  36. - hisgirlfriday - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 4:17 pm:

    Voted veto. The statute is very poorly drafted with a lot of vagueness and uncertainty about when this prejudgment interest is supposed to kick in.

    The statute also gives Plaintiffs a potential windfall from court factors outside either party’s control like a county not allowing any jury trials to go forward due to COVID concerns.

    The interest being 9% also creates such a huge potential financial windfall for the Plaintiffs side to drag out litigation to the point that it creates incentives for Plaintiff’s counsel to delay their own cases to the possible detriment of their clients.

    Lots of unintended consequences will result if this bill goes into effect.

  37. - thisjustinagain - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 4:22 pm:

    Gov. should sign it; keeps lawyers and insurance companies from dragging out settling suits for years hoping the plaintiff (or their families/estate) dies or loses interest in the suit. This way they know the meter is running, and stop playing procedural games like endless discovery and depositions, and delaying, knowing it will cost far more money in the end.

  38. - 4 percent - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 4:29 pm:


    The trial lawyers cannot have it both ways. They can’t say that 97 percent of cases are settled but there is a problem.

    9 percent is way too high. 3x mortgage rates. 4x the CPI. 8x the Tbill rate. The Governor signed legislation two years ago reducing a 9 percent interest rate calling it “unconscionable.”

    This applies even before a case is even filed in court and applies to both economic and non-economic damages. This is beyond what the court has found to be fair and reasonable.

    And…any bill passing at 3am has to be good policy. No committee in the Senate.

  39. - Huh? - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 4:30 pm:

    “very, very very hard to convince a unanimous jury that a doctor”

    Disagree. My dad was sued by a patient for performing an unnecessary operation that he didn’t do. The malpractice insurance company wanted to settle out of court. Dad insisted on fighting the case because he didn’t perform any surgery on the child. He lost.

  40. - 4 percent - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 4:30 pm:

    And nothing to prevent a trial lawyer from holding a case for 2 years to increase their fees that they receive from a case…

    Delay could be on BOTH ends

  41. - Louis G Atsaves - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 4:35 pm:

    Definitely veto. 9% prejudgment interest in today’s economic climate is simply outrageous. Post judgment interest should remain at 9% to push for final resolution of disputed and litigated cases if it is an issue with this bill.

  42. - Thomas Paine - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 4:35 pm:

    sorry, where are all of these phantom COVID lawsuits?

  43. - Dan Farroll - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 4:49 pm:

    Long overdue.

  44. - Crash - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 4:55 pm:

    One more note on this:

    There seems to be a perception that it only applies to med mal cases. In fact, it applies to all personal and wrongful death claims.

    I’m not sure if that changes the analysis here, but given that so many of the comments concern med mal, it is worth pointing out.

  45. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 4:57 pm:

    Looks like the poll was freeped. Deleting it now.

  46. - Conan - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 4:58 pm:

    - 4 percent - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 4:30 pm:

    And nothing to prevent a trial lawyer from holding a case for 2 years to increase their fees that they receive from a case…

    Delay could be on BOTH ends

    Plaintiff lawyers have zero incentive to delay a case. The incentive is 100 percent the other way. They have to carry the costs of prosecuting the case and pay interest. The expenses don’t get paid off unless and until the case is resolved. But most importantly, the clients want their case resolved and the lawyers owe a professional duty to their clients.

    The only entity who benefits is the insurance company, because they get to hold on to their money and let it collect interest for a few more years, until finally settling at the very last minute.

  47. - Bill Leonard - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 5:01 pm:

    It’s funny/sad that those who purport to worry about the possibility that trial lawyers will drag out their clients’ cases in hopes of earning a slightly larger fee do not seem at all concerned about the very real and ubiquitous practice of insurance companies and their attorneys dragging out the process of adjusting and settling meritorious claims and lawsuits in order to increase their earnings. If you compare the fact that trial lawyers have to carry the costs they advance while their clients’ cases are pending with the fact that insurers often earn more than 9% on their investment portfolio while they drag out legitimate claims, then you, if you are honest, can easily see why this law is needed and equitable as written. Gov. Pritzker should sign it immediately for the benefit of all Illinoisans.

  48. - Daniel Biederman, Sr. - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 5:18 pm:

    Yes, I absolutely believe the Governor should sign this bill. Insurance companies want to drag out the case and keep the money in their pocket as long as they can. The delays that insurance companies case are outrageous. Please sing this bill.

  49. - Eric Jones - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 5:19 pm:

    Sign the bill

  50. - Jeff - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 5:35 pm:

    Sign the bill. It’s long overdue and desperately needed.

  51. - Mark - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 5:40 pm:

    Sign the bill so victims of injury have a tool to stop insurance companies from abusing their financial power to delay justice

  52. - Matt - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 5:55 pm:

    The governor should sign the bill. It will encourage settle of claims.

  53. - Tom Murray - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 6:19 pm:

    I support the bill. There is really no good reason not to sign it. It keeps insurance companies honest and is already the law in many other states. Let’s join the 21st century.

  54. - Joe - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 6:43 pm:

    Sign it. If insurance companies are against the bill, that means it’s a good bill for Illinois residents.

  55. - Jenny - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 6:44 pm:

    The governor should definitely sign the bill.

  56. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 6:58 pm:

    He should sign the bill so as to encourage settlements of cases that otherwise needlessly get dragged on for years by insurance companies while the injured victims suffer.

  57. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 7:16 pm:

    Sign the bill and make the playing field level for consumers to deal with billion dollar insurance companies that don’t care about injured parties. Court systems are logged jammed due to the carriers playing the game of deny, delay and attempt to not pay for liabilities their responsible for.

  58. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 7:30 pm:

    Sign it.

  59. - BK - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 7:36 pm:

    If you have any doubt about why the Governor should sign this bill just remember the case about State Farm hand picking, and then illegally funding, the campaign of an Illinois Supreme Court Justice candidate in order to get his vote to overturn a $1 billion verdict against State Farm by its’ customers who were being intentionally overcharged on their premiums so that State Farm could earn a bigger profit. Insurance companies oppose this bill because it will make them accountable.

  60. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 7:53 pm:

    Sign the bill

  61. - Sign it - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 8:15 pm:

    Yes, sign the bill. The insurance companies are refusing to pay legitimate cases, leaving the most vulnerable injured people without recourse for years, while the insurance companies are investing the money to enrich their shareholders. Sign it.

  62. - Candy Dogood - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 8:22 pm:

    ===Looks like the poll was freeped.===

    I hope we don’t live in a world where the Governor’s veto decisions are heavily influenced by Capitol Fax polls.

  63. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 8:28 pm:

    He should sign the bill. Stop the insurance abuses.

  64. - Keenan - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 8:46 pm:

    The Governor should definitely sign this bill. As the write up mentions, most states already have legislation like this bill. It will help level the playing field against powerful insurance companies.

  65. - Matt - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 9:00 pm:

    Sign the bill and catch Illinois up with the 46 other states that allow pre-judgment interest. This is a bill will protect members of our community who are hurt due to negligence to quickly bring them justice by deterring insurance companies from delaying and dragging out cases so they can hold on to their money and earn interest until the last minute.

    If those who voted “veto” were injured and had a personal injury lawsuit, they would be the people complaining about how long it takes for their case to settle or go to trial.

  66. - Bob - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 9:03 pm:

    We wish that the governor would please sign this bill so that there is an incentive to settle claims timely instead of stalling for years and years.

  67. - Anon 3:29 - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 9:20 pm:

    Wow, quite the grassroots response on Cap Fax today. I think there was more to the “freeping” than the poll. These responses seem so organic. /s

  68. - Anonanonsir - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 9:20 pm:

    Quite a change in sentiment after 5pm. Nothing coordinated about that I’m sure.

    I agree with the earlier majority that interest is appropriate, but 9% is too high. Also inflexible. Can’t the number be adjusted annually, as it is in some places? And we’ve seen what can happen when Illinois pols pick a number, as they did with 3% on the pension increases.

  69. - Hadley V. Baxendale - Tuesday, Feb 23, 21 @ 9:51 pm:

    Liability insurance companies invest premium dollars. If they can delay payment of a claim long enough, the interest on the investment will pay the claim and the insurance company will still have the value of the premium. Almost every state - except Illinois - recognizes that one valid way to discourage this delay is to allow prejudgment interest on judgments. But the interest is only allowed on successful suits which means that only meritorious cases will have prejudgment interest. This makes sense and I hope that Governor Pritzker signs the bill.

  70. - Carol Ann - Wednesday, Feb 24, 21 @ 2:10 am:

    Insurance defense firms have zero incentive to settle claims in a timely manner, stemming from a multitude of reason that need not be hashed out here. Bottom line is that justice DEMANDS that claims be addressed in a reasonable length of time and this bill will send that message home to the appropriate parties. Please sign this bill, it is very badly needed.

  71. - Char - Wednesday, Feb 24, 21 @ 7:01 am:

    Sign the bill.

  72. - anonymous - Wednesday, Feb 24, 21 @ 7:10 am:

    Please sign it. It should have been passed a long time ago.

  73. - Bonita B. - Wednesday, Feb 24, 21 @ 7:54 am:

    It is wrong to make us wait for a case several years. We have many hardships, due to our regular bills, Covid supplies, and no medical bills on top of that. The system is broken and it leans in favor of the defense attorneys and their constituents. Mr. Pritzker, please take action, for we are struggling, and it effected my husbands employment.

  74. - Bruce Goodman - Wednesday, Feb 24, 21 @ 8:04 am:

    Yes- please sign

  75. - Crash - Wednesday, Feb 24, 21 @ 8:06 am:

    Do the Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Association people get that this this is not the governor’s personal page? These comments suggest that the they think the Governor is spending the morning eating his breakfast and having his coffee and reading all the comments directed to him.

    I have to admit that when groups try to take over these comments, it is sort of entertaining.

    Lads, repeatedly saying “Please sign it” persuades absolutely nobody. You are not helping your cause.

  76. - Roger D. - Wednesday, Feb 24, 21 @ 8:27 am:

    What no one realizes is that when a claim comes in, the insurance company sets aside reserves for the amount they think they may eventually pay on the claim. That money is invested and earning interest until the claim is paid or not paid. 9% to a victim of negligence is reasonable. Indiana, Alabama and Louisiana allow for pre-judgment interest. Illinois needs to catch up with the times.

  77. - Marion - Wednesday, Feb 24, 21 @ 8:51 am:

    The governor should sign the bill.

  78. - Concerned Citizen - Wednesday, Feb 24, 21 @ 9:51 am:

    Sign it

  79. - Kent Pollock - Wednesday, Feb 24, 21 @ 10:05 am:

    I voted

  80. - Timothy W. Kelly - Wednesday, Feb 24, 21 @ 10:07 am:

    By signing this bill, Illinois will see an immediate reduction in the number of cases clogging the court system as insurance carriers will no longer have any incentive to delay the resolution of claims. I guarantee that the average time from the filing of a claim to its resolution will be reduced by half or more.

  81. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Feb 24, 21 @ 10:11 am:


  82. - Timothy J. Cavenagh - Wednesday, Feb 24, 21 @ 10:20 am:

    Please sign the bill. Only dishonest insurance companies would benefit from a veto. NOT doctors or other health care providers.

  83. - Rich Mallen - Wednesday, Feb 24, 21 @ 10:22 am:

    This bill is needed. Sign it, please Governor. I’ve seen many instances of insurers “waiting out” an injured bread winner - knowing that individual needs to support his/her family and can’t afford to wait years for a trial. This bill, if signed, will bring justice to our injured citizens.

  84. - John R. Wrona - Wednesday, Feb 24, 21 @ 2:08 pm:

    Please sign this prejudgment interest bill, it is greatly needed.

  85. - Michael - Wednesday, Feb 24, 21 @ 2:26 pm:

    Signing this bill will almost certainly help with the backlog of cases in Illinois. This will discourage the insurance mentality of “delay, delay delay” - It is sad that a progressive state like Illinois is one of the ONLY states not to have a prejudgment interest law.

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