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State shuts pet care shop

An Evanston business has become the first ever shut down in Illinois for failing to obtain workers’ compensation insurance.


An Evanston business has become the first ever shut down in Illinois for failing to obtain workers’ compensation insurance.

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission issued a news release Wednesday saying it and the City of Evanston have closed All Good Dogs Pet Care, also known as The Hungry Pup, at 941 Chicago Ave.

The business, located in the same building as the south branch of the Evanston Public Library, reportedly employs dog-walkers in six suburbs.

The agency says four people have filed workers’ compensation claims against the company. Two have been found eligible for workers’ compensation, but the employer has not paid any benefits, the agency says.

“We gave the employer every opportunity to comply with the law,” said Jan Eisbart, manager of the IWCC Insurance Compliance Division. “All they had to do was get insurance, and they have not complied. They did not respond to our letters or even appear at the hearing. They forced our hand.”

Eisbart says all employers are required to purchase workers’ compensation insurance. Employers may be fined up to $500 for each day without insurance, with a minimum fine of $10,000. Corporate officers may be held personally liable and/or sent to prison.

In 2005, the legislature strengthened the law by giving the Commission the authority to issue a work-stop order on an employer that has been found to knowingly fail to carry insurance.

Anyone may check an employer’s insurance coverage on the IWCC website or call 866-352-3033.

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