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A NEW STATE LAW RAISES THE AMOUNT PEOPLE SUING THE STATE CAN GET FOR DAMAGES. 

 

THE CAP IN THE ILLINOIS COURT OF CLAIMS IS NOW TWO MILLION DOLLARS...UP FROM THE PREVIOUS ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS. REPRESENTATIVE STEPHANIE KIFOWIT OF AURORA SUPPORTS THE INCREASE, WHICH WAS PROMPTED BY THE OUTBREAK OF LEGIONNAIRE’S DISEASE THAT KILLED 14 RESIDENTS OF THE QUINCY VETERANS HOME.

THE PREVIOUS CAP OF 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS WAS SET MORE THAN 45 YEARS AGO. REPRESENTATIVE PETER BREEN OF LOMBARD SAYS THE INCREASE COULD HIT THE STATE HARD.

THE GOVERNOR HAD VETOED THE BILL…PREFERRING THE CAP BE SET AT 300 THOUSAND TO BRING ILLINOIS IN LINE WITH OTHER STATES AND RECOGNIZING THE STATE’S FISCAL PROBLEMS. LAWMAKERS OVERRODE THE VETO.

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