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Illinois' Workers' Compensation Program has numerous shortcomings and isn't designed to protect the state's best interests.  That's according to a state audit done by Auditor General Bill Holland.  The report urges lawmakers to change the program for state employees because of the extensive problems.  It also indicates state workers filed more than 26-thousand claims between 2007 and 2010.  More than half were from the state Departments of Human Services and Corrections.  Employees at Chester Mental Health Center filed the most claims, topping eleven-hundred while those at Menard Correctional Center filed about 870.  The state paid out more than 295-million dollars during that time frame.  Sprains and contusions accounted for three-quarters of all injuries.

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