June 5, 2018

Crisis looms in Illinois workers' compensation system thanks to Emanuel and Alderman Burke

Rahm Emanuel Picture.jpg The News-Gazette By DR. DAVID FLETCHER There's a crisis looming in our state's workers' compensation system. If allowed to fester, it will keep workers from receiving timely medical treatment for workplace injuries. It will delay workers' recoveries and their return to their jobs. And it will end up costing more for the very businesses and insurers seeking efficiencies in the system. This crisis is not one you've heard about from the business and insurance communities. It's a crisis created by their failure to implement laws that have been on the books in Illinois for more than a decade. As doctors who care for workers compensation patients, here are our concerns: Illinois law spells out the right for medical professionals to receive prompt payment for the care we give to patients with workplace injuries. Just like any other business or profession, we need to be paid for that care we give, so that we can compensate our employees and keep open the doors of our medical practices. Yet, many Illinois workers' compensation insurers completely ignore the prompt payment law. To date, there has been no remedy for doctors and other caregivers who remain unpaid for months and months at a time. Furthermore, state law mandates that insurers accept electronic billing and documentation for workers' compensation claims. This expedites the process. Yet, many insist on an obsolete paper-based medical billing system, which delays medical care to injured workers and wastes resources. Add to this bleak reality a recent, alarming increase in delayed payments for already-approved workers' compensation medical care claims. The result is more and more physicians unable or unwilling to treat injured workers. Since 2005, the Workers' Compensation Act has allowed medical professionals a late interest penalty for approved workers' compensation medical care. Yet there is no way for doctors and others to enforce or collect this interest. Even if the workers' compensation insurer approves care for an injured worker, it can and often delays payment for the medical treatment rendered. These delays can last for years. A recent court ruling found that medical professionals can't even go to court to collect this interest. Since the court decision, these payment delays have worsened to the point of doctors dropping out of the system. What's lost in the current debate on workers' compensation policy is that medical professionals -- the physicians, surgeons, hospitals and specialists -- actually provide the care that supports our entire system. Medical professionals are the ones who get injured employees back to work, reduce employer costs for time off and long-term injuries and work with employers to prevent work-related accidents from even happening in the first place. We are often blamed for the system's ills, even though we are in a unique position to make that system function. When workers are hurt on the job, they need timely access to dedicated physicians, surgeons and specialists to treat their injuries. We in the medical community stand ready with solutions to the problems that are threatening the health of our workers' compensation system. It's time to pass legislation that forces workers' compensation insurers to start following the law. The alternative is having doctors and care centers rush to the exits. John Maszinski, who works for the Illinois State Medical Society, submitted this piece by Dr. David Fletcher of Champaign.

May 24, 2018

Randy Conner issues new Uniform for Chicago City Workers.


Commissioner Randy Conner looks the other way again on workers

Bricklayer truck final.jpg The City of Chicago Commissioner Randy Conner said he will buckle down on the Department of Water Management employees that continue to walk around doing nothing as Chicago Citizens are leaving Chicago. New Chicago Water Rates are going to make more people move soon.

Today at 9:30 p.m. a Chicago Water Department driver of a bricklayer crew went to 5509 North Harlem Ave. to walk around and talk on her private phone to friends. Sister PLEASE, do not talk so loudly that everyone can hear you. When she went to Taco Burrito King she forgot to wear her hard hat and safety vest. Sister PLEASE. She left the place after complaining about the high price of pop and decided to get a drink at a lower price. Please flush next time.

She walked out of the place of business after leaving her truck unattended with a full load of FA6 backfill, expensive cast iron sewer grates, expensive material, and tools. Sister PLEASE.

She got into her truck, got in the left lane, went south on Harlem, and went to the Wendy's for some more affordable drinks. She enjoyed the air-conditioning and continued talking on her personal cell phone while at the counter. What a great job Randy Conner made for this young thing. Thanks, Randy, your reforms include employees doing the same old stuff as the last management team. I really hate to see an empty truck, not on a job site, and not earning money for Chicago's taxpayers. It is time theft.

Back at the Sunnyside yard, another bricklayer crew was getting disciplined for another round of loafing. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Inspector General can control the Chicago Newspapers all they want, you can not hide this stuff, or make it up.

May 23, 2018

Ed Vrdolyak Law Firm Workers Comp actions in question

Cynthia Davenport Illinois Injured Worker The Illinois Workers' Compensation Program is under fire again as insiders game the system for their benefit. The City of Chicago, The Department of Water Management, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Alderman Burke, Illinois Lawyers have been fixing workers compensation cases for decades. One of the best tricks is the MMI maximum medical improvement doctors give to aid in the remove of employees and forcing settlements. The City of Chicago refuses to allow workers to return unless they receive a full Doctors release. The City of Chicago, under Alderman Burke's direction, still allow major settlements for well-connected lawyers and employees that game the system year after year. Despite the major settlements, the City signs off on the loss of the person, quite opposite the full release. What? When you settle the Illinois Workers Compensation claim, you sign off the permanent loss. So, if you have a permanent loss, how can you return with no restrictions? The Illinois Lawyers have been working that angle for years and it is Insurance FRAUD. Alderman Burke takes hack Chicago law department lawyers off the cases and puts his private law firms to handle the cases for massive campaign contributions.

A major shuffle at the Chicago Committee on Finance will not save Crooked Burke. According to several Chicago Mayoral candidates, it will be an issue this next two years.

Please enjoy a lady I am going to write about and tell you about the criminal treatment she has received. Cynthia reported her poor treatment by Ed Vrdolyak and his workers' compensation lawyer Mr. Casey. Mr. Casey seemed too busy to help Cynthia when she had a major stroke and was subject to abuses by the City of Chicago. When Mr. Casey was removed from her case, Mr. Casey went to the new Attorney to make sure he gets a cut "of the action". This happened at the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission when the transition was made. Amazing what you see and "hear" in those hallways. Cases like these result in crippled workers getting less money and lawyers on both sides splitting the fees.

Alderman Burke has made a great life for him and his old lady, too bad he did so on the back of 65-year-old women, that just lost her husband, and got screwed out of her lawful benefits. Hey Alderman Burke, you keep the Chicago newspapers quiet about your lavish lifestyle, take a look at a lady whose life you have destroyed for greed.

Time to get my Irish Video hat on soon.

May 22, 2018

Illinois Worker's Compensation revelations explode in Chicago

The City of Chicago Department of Water Management, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and Alderman Burke were front and center again in a massive amount of accusations at the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission May 22, 2018. The Chicago Water Department was again accused of providing cover for injured city workers with clout. The Water Department again was accused of withholding injured workers payments to force settlements on black women and those that can not get signatures for Emanuel and other Chicago politicians. According to a source at the Jardine Plant, you pay to play.

One worker revealed he was eating out of garbage cans and was under the care of multiple doctors from the lack of needed care. One of those in attendance made a snicker. One worker revealed how Alderman Burke hires no-bid private contractors and receives lucrative kickbacks. One disgruntled worker in the Committee on Finance and finally spoke with the Chicago FBI office. An explosive set of documents are now in the public domain.

Cynthia Davenport, (case 05-WC-002827) a crippled 65-year-old women, just lost her husband. The City of Chicago under Mr. Conners, Commissioner of the Department of Water Management, continues to allow this crippled DOWM bricklayer to stave on only half disability pay. Many crippled employees do not even get that. Tomorrow, she will be at the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission to attempt to receive the duty disability pay reinstated. Cynthia was also a victim of Vocamotive Vocational program that sent this lady to whore houses to make her, "non-compliant". She was sent to attempt to work nights at a place that had young ladies with short skirts and no panties allegedly servicing older men.

I surprised they didn't force her to become a dancing instructor at "Fred Astaire", her walker would be a great asset. As long as Vocamotive continues to contribute to Alderman Burke, this shit will continue. The City hired a Dan Weiler a private Attorney Hennessy and Roach P.C. to attempt to destroy her. It worked before.

Allegations such as Federal violations, labor laws, financial destruction, divorces, were common. Accusations such as Mercy Works Doctors sending referrals. Workers were treated "Like a subhuman animal". DOWM women treatments steered treatment to destroy black women lies. The Committee on Finance. Examples of collusion with private lawyers lying to clients about settlements. It seems the City of Chicago is refusing to accept pictures of brutal injuries. One claimant is still waiting over 7 years for his settlement, but they refuse to settle until he is retired, and government benefits are used to pay for his needed care. Sounds like fraud to me.

A Chicago cop physically attacked Patrick McDonough in one case and the Chicago Inspector General failed to protect Mr. McDonough. Accusations of Chicago and Committee on Finance fraud, changing medical diagnosis was abound. Stunning accusations. What will the IWCC do to stop the City of Chicago?
What will the Alderman do? Thanks to former city employees and Frank Coconate, Federal Attorneys, and others, this will all be exposed prior to the next election.

Paul Hansen a former City of Chicago Department of Water Management employees name was brought up several times. Have a nice day, more on this soon.

May 18, 2018

Thomas Conway special treatment, Chicago Department of Water Management

The 19 Ward is known for taking care of their own. Today I called the 19th Ward and some rude lady decided she did not have to identify herself. She had no intention of notifying Alderman Matt O'Shea, the press was inquiring into a report that Thomas Conway was receiving special treatment by the Department of Water Management Commissioner Cheeks.

Allegedly on May 17, 2018, Thomas Conway was being the "acting up position as Pipe Foremen". He was allegedly being rude to a woman asking questions on a pipe job he was supervising. Thomas Conway was reported to Matt O'Shea's office.

Allegedly, Commissioner Cheeks went to the job site due to a "strong odor" and the complaint. Two women of Commissioner rank from the Jardine Plant wearing high heels and dresses were on the job site. Once again the workers on the site were pissed because the women were a hazard and slipping on the uneven ground. A drug test was ordered by the Commissioner and a high rate of alcohol was determined. The City of Chicago has a zero tolerance for alcohol and drug abuse according to Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

According to several City of Chicago employees, Thomas showed up to work today, to get drug rehabilitation services. Most City of Chicago employees gets fired on the spot for drug violations. Most black employees are walked off the job like dogs.

No doubt, the 19th Ward is a bastion of bars, drugs and alcohol abuse. Many City of Chicago employees are given high ranking jobs due to their political work for the 19th ward, Matt O'Shea, and Tom Dart. The Chicago Inspector General turns his back on these investigations because he is ordered to do so. When these same people keep up with their actions, lawsuits of major amounts of money are paid out. You can't fix stupid.

According to several sources, Plumbers Local 130 agents made the arrangement for preferential treatment. Today I spoke to Gary Litherland, City of Chicago Department of Water Management spokesperson, who sounds like he was jogging. Gary was again lacking any knowledge of the incident. Commissioner Conner tell your employees what is going on please. Please stop the cover-ups. More on this story and the ongoing cover-up of Andrew "Handy Andy" Anderson termination-resignation.

May 9, 2018

Operation Open Gate Valve Department of Water Management Theft Ring

For decades, many City of Chicago Department of Water Management employees has been stealing everything that wasn't nailed down. The 11th Ward mafia and Daley crime family protected the muggers and continued to place these people in positions in trust. Laborers involved always were disrespectful to trades of a higher rank. One position to clean house was the Laborer foreman. The job paid well on the side. Contractors with a connection to high ranking union goons and private plumbing companies made trips to the 39th and Iron street supply depot. Many other private contractors stopped by supply yards to load up on Chicago Taxpayer paid supplies.
The Chicago Inspector General was made aware of this many years ago and several times since. A single 8-inch water main valve is over $3500.00 dollars. Slip a few in the back of a truck after work or in the wee hours of the morning and you're driving a nice car. The problem is sharing it with the bosses at the Jardine Plant. For years, private contractors were videotaped while Chicago Laborers used City high lifts, cranes, and big wheel forklifts to load the loot. Most of these thefts have no City inventory withdraw slips. Some of the pipe and fittings were given to private contractors that had a value of tens of thousands of dollars and then the private contractors charge the Department of Water Management as if they purchase the ductile iron and cast-iron parts. It is a massive scam.
If you are wondering how all this can go on, I will explain. The Department of Water Management has private contractors that determine the inventory levels with computer systems. The highly paid consultants look the other way as truckloads of supplies head out the door. The consultants also know if they rat out the commissioners, their contract will be over. So, they look the other way. During emergency water main breaks farmed out to private companies, the theft doubles as emergency provisions.
For twenty years complaints have been made about the scrap pipe, lead, and copper. This is a private slush fund the Jardine personnel keeps for themselves. That money goes for private parties, hotel rooms, and Christmas parties.
The Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson has sent his staff of knuckleheads to investigate the pipe yards but the never come up with any evidence. The I.G. has no idea what to look for. The I.G. is so stupid, they are too proud to contact the people making the complaints. The I.G. disappear, and the stealing goes on again. I am certain Joe knows who gave him letters telling him about the scam years ago. The Department of Water Management has done a great job promoting those they want to share the wealth with, they also attempt to punish and ruin the credibility of those that report the crimes.
You will never find this type of theft at the New York Water Department. The thugs are in Chicago.