Edwardsville, IL (KSDK) - Governor Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 1147 Monday, also known as Uhl's Law. The bill excludes employees from receiving workers' compensation if their claim resulted in the commission of a felony. The bill was sponsored by State Representative Dwight Kay and State Senator Bill Haine.
"Taxpayers will no longer be paying a person who was injured while committing a crime on the state's dime," said Kay.
The bill was created after 18-year old Jessica and 13-year-old Kelli Uhl were killed in a car accident the day after Thanksgiving in 2007. Former Illinois State Trooper Matt Mitchell was talking on his cell phone while driving over 120 miles an hour en route to an emergency that was already being handled by first responders. Mitchell lost control of his car, crossed the median, and hit the vehicle occupied by the Uhl sisters.
Mitchell survived the accident and pleaded guilty to two counts of reckless homicide in April 2010. He received 30 months of probation.