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Village of Posen's Rough Day in Court: The Perils of Challenging an Arbitration Award

The Illinois Appellate Court recently affirmed an arbitrator’s decision to fully reinstate a police officer terminated for cashing workers’ compensation checks while also receiving full disability pay during recovery from an on-the-job injury. The decision serves as a reminder of just how difficult it is to successfully challenge an arbitrator’s decision in court. Failed attempts to do so can quickly become an exercise in adding insult to injury. This alert will explain the missteps, and suggest ways municipal employers can avoid rulings like this one in the future.