Heyl Royster

 


Heyl Royster

 

Commission News

On March 19, 2021, Governor Pritzker announced several appointments to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.

  • Deborah Baker was appointed to serve as a Labor Commissioner. A graduate of University of New Mexico and Loyola University Chicago, Baker was previously Assistant Deputy Chief Legal Counsel and Ethics Officer at the Illinois Department of Corrections and, most recently, an Arbitrator with the IWCC.
  • Barbara Flores was reappointed to serve as a Public Commissioner. Previously an Arbitrator with the IWCC, Flores is a graduate of University of Illinois and Chicago-Kent College of Law.
  • Christopher Harris was appointed to serve as an Employer Commissioner. A graduate of University of Illinois and University of Illinois College of Law, Harris was previously an Arbitrator with the IWCC.
  • Stephen Mathis was reappointed to serve as a Public Commissioner. Prior to his time as a Commissioner, Mathis was an Arbitrator with the IWCC and Legal Counsel and Staff Analyst at the Illinois State Senate.
  • Deborah Simpson was reappointed to serve as an Employer Commissioner. Simpson, a graduate of DePaul University and John Marshall Law School, was previously an Assistant State’s Attorney in Kane County before being appointed Arbitrator and then Commissioner.
  • Thomas Tyrrell was reappointed to serve as a Labor Commissioner. Prior to serving as a Commissioner, Tyrrell was in private practice.

With the new appointments and re-appointments, the Commission panels were restructured as follows:

Panel A
Employer Member:       Katherine Doerries
Labor Member:            Thomas Tyrrell
Public Member:            Maria Portela

Panel B:
Employer Member:       Deborah Simpson
Labor Member:            Deborah Baker
Public Member:            Stephen Mathis

Panel C:
Employer Member:      Christopher Harris
Labor Member:           Marc Parker
Public Member:           Barbara Flores

Employer Commissioner, Elizabeth Coppolleti was not reappointed. Arbitrator Raychel Wesley was assigned to take over the Arbitration Call of now Commissioner Deborah Baker.