(820 ILCS 305/14.1)
(from Ch. 48, par. 138.14-1)
There is created a Commission Review Board consisting of
the Chairman of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, the Commissioner with the most
seniority who is a representative citizen of the class of employees covered
under this Act, the Commissioner with the most seniority who is a
representative citizen of the employing class operating under this Act, two Arbitrators,
one assigned to hear cases filed in counties with a population of 3,000,000
or more and one assigned to hear cases in any other county, both selected
by a vote of a majority of the appointed Arbitrators pursuant to an
election conducted by the Chairman, and 2 members designated by the Governor
who are not commissioners, Arbitrators or employees of the Illinois Workers' Compensation
Commission. Members of the Board shall serve without compensation, but
shall be reimbursed for actual expenses incurred.
All appointments for the initial terms shall be made and elections
concluded by October 1, 1984, with each initial term commencing on October
1, 1984 and extending through February 28,
1987, until the office holder's successor is appointed or elected and
qualified. Thereafter each term shall commence on March 1 of each odd-numbered year and
extend through March 1 of the next succeeding odd-numbered year, until the
office holder's successor is appointed
or elected and qualified. The Governor shall certify his appointments,
and the Chairman shall certify
the results of the elections by the Arbitrators, to the Secretary of the
Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. A vacancy in the office of a member of the Commission
Review Board shall be filled for the remainder of the vacating member's
term in the same manner as that in which the member was appointed or elected.
The Chairman of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission shall serve as the Chairman of
the Commission Review Board. It shall be the duty of the Chairman to compile,
audit, and retain complaints registered against Commissioners and Arbitrators.
The Chairman shall immediately advise a Commissioner or Arbitrator in writing
of the nature of any and all complaints filed against him, preserving the
identity of the complainant.
At a proceeding before the Commission Review Board, it shall then become
the duty of any complainant to testify regarding his or her previously filed
complaint, or said complaint shall be considered null and void.
The Commission Review Board shall advise any Commissioner or Arbitrator
in writing of necessary remedial action to correct any deficiency and shall
afford said individual the opportunity to report or respond to a complaint
within a prescribed period of time.
In matters of serious concern to the State, the Commission Review Board
may recommend that the Governor: 1) dismiss any Arbitrator who is found
unfit to serve; or 2) not reappoint a Commissioner who it finds unfit to
serve. This action shall require a record vote of at least 5 members of
the Board. The Governor, in his discretion, may act on the recommendation of the
Commission Review Board.
(Source: P.A. 93-721, eff. 1-1-05.)