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No Workers Comp for Ill. State Police Trooper Matt Mitchell

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) __ Illinois state employees injured while committing crimes no longer will be able to get workers’ compensation under a new law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn.

The law stems from a 2007 wreck involving former Illinois State Police Trooper Matt Mitchell. Mitchell was driving more than 100 mph and using his cell phone on Interstate 64 in southwestern Illinois when his cruiser crossed the median and slammed into a car. The two Collinsville sisters in that car were killed.

Mitchell later pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and was sentenced to 30 months of probation. His claim for workers’ compensation for his injuries was denied.

Quinn says Illinois’ workers’ compensation system is meant to protect workers injured on the job, not those who commit crimes.  The new law takes immediate effect.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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