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Workers Comp Payments Raise Eyebrows

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CN) - There is no clear answer to why $41 million in worker's compensation awards went to employees at just 12 state facilities between 2007 and 2010.

The trend was found by an analysis by The Associated Press, which also found that a cluster of work sites in Southern Illinois accounted for one-third of all workers compensation payments during those 4 years.

Workers compensation experts offered differing opinions to the AP.

One said Illinois did too little in defending the cases. Another claimed the state was too understaffed to fight them, and a third argued that state law makes it easy for plaintiffs to win awards in workers compensation cases.

Illinois has a $5.3 billion state budget deficit, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

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