Illinois House Approves Increased Damage Compensation

People who are harmed or injured, due to state government actions, are now eligible for damage awards, with amounts as high as $2-million. The Illinois House voted 71-36, in favor to override a veto on legislation raising the damage cap in the Illinois Court of Claims from $100,000, which is now in effect in the state. Democratic Representative Al Riley, of Olympia Fields, says that the measure was inspired by the deadly outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease at the Quincy veterans’ home. That eventually led to the deaths of 14 individuals since 2015. Families of those patients at the facility has since filed lawsuits against the state. Riley says that the $100,000 cap was set over 45 years ago.