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Undocumented, and Unprotected? IL Allows Coverage to ‘Aliens,’ Based on Previous Ruling


By Phil Yacuboski

This is the next article in's “Undocumented, and Unprotected?” series, as our writers explore what is it like to be an undocumented worker in the U.S., and what it means regarding workers' compensation.


Chicago, IL ( – Undocumented workers in Illinois can experience full benefits under state law. It stems from a 2008 case involving an illegal immigrant from Mexico who was injured on the job while deboning chickens. The court ruled that “aliens” are allowed to receive workers’ compensation benefits in Illinois.

“While it’s illegal to employ illegal immigrants, if you do it,...

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