Advancing Illinois

​The Illinois Competitiveness Council, which is composed of over forty agencies, boards, and commissions, seeks to advance Illinois by cutting red tape, by improving Illinois' economic climate, and by fostering government efficiency and accountability. To advance Illinois, these success stories are a result of regulatory and operational changes occurring within Illinois governmental agencies to effect positive changes. By streamlining staff operations and implementing new technologies, these initiatives are saving taxpayers money.

 Success Stories

 

 

https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/Rapid-Results-Initiatives.aspx
Rapid Results Initiatives
The Department of Corrections (DOC) Rapid Results team launched more than 50 initiatives aimed at improving employee work processes and delivering essential services with less waste.
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/Online-License-Renewal-System.aspx
Online License Renewal System
​Illinois liquor licensees can renew online through the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC).
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/ReducingStaffTravelAndAdministrativeHearingCostsThroughVideoConferencing.aspx
Reducing Staff Travel and Administrative Hearing Costs Through Video Conferencing
Through videoconferencing of administrative hearings, the Illinois Pollution Control Board is reducing costs in travel and hearing costs.
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/EasingRegulatoryInconsistencyAndDuplicityInIllinoisFoodIndustry.aspx
Easing Regulatory Inconsistency and Duplicity in Illinois's Food Industry
While assessing the ease the heavy burden on regulatory restrictions on commerce, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) made improvements to the economic landscape for the food industry in Illinois.
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/ImprovingDataCollectionProcedures.aspx
Improving Data Collection Procedures
The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) is reducing redundancy while maintaining accountability for taxpayers.
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/CuttingCostsProvidingStreamlinedServices.aspx
Cutting Costs and Providing Streamlined Services
The Department of Human Services is streamlining resources to provide improved medical-related services.
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/UpgradingDatabaseSystemsToMeetTheNeedsOfCapitalPrograms.aspx
Upgrading Database Systems to Meet the Needs of Capital Programs
The Illinois Capital Development Board is implementing new software to restructure and deliver efficiencies for users and staff.
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/SecurityAndPharmacyTechnicianLicensees.aspx
Serving 106,000 of Illinois’ Security and Pharmacy Technician Licensees with Online Application Services
As a part of ongoing efforts to improve licensure processing times, applicants seeking to apply for their Permanent Employee Registration Card (PERC) to work in the security field or Pharmacy Technician license will now have the ability to apply online.
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/Providing-Benefits-to-Taxpayers.aspx
Providing Benefits to Taxpayers
The Illinois Department of Revenue enacted rules allowing for taxpayers to apply overpayments reported on amended returns towards obligations for subsequent tax years rather than having to claim refunds for the overpayment.
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/RecyclingProfit.aspx
Recycling for Profit
Realizing the cost benefits, the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) implemented a recycling program at Shawnee Correctional Center which generates additional revenue for the Department.
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/OnlineLicensesForPlumbers.aspx
Online Licenses for Plumbers
Assessing the need to more efficiently and effectively process licensure annual renewals for Illinois’s 14,000+ licensed plumbing professionals, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) significantly improved the rate of online renewals, saving on
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/HelpingThoseProvideNeededServicesIllinois.aspx
Helping Those who Provide Needed Services to Illinois
The Business Enterprise Program (BEP) through Central Management Services (CMS) is delivering effective processes to better aid minority, women owned and persons with disabilities to become vendors with the State of Illinois.
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/AttackingWasteDollarsEffectChange.aspx
Attacking waste in Dollars to Effect Change that Makes Sense
Central Management Services has created the Office of Rapid Results to lessen ineffectual processes and systems throughout Illinois State government.
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/Providing-Humanity.aspx
Providing Humanity as a Resource for Animal Welfare Programs
The Department of Agriculture implemented an animal welfare program to train volunteers throughout the State of Illinois to spot and report violations of the Illinois Humane care for Animals Act.
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/NationalMortgageLicenseSystem.aspx
IDFPR is Banking Successes through National Mortgage Licensing System
The Division of Financial Institutions is now utilizing the National Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS) to provide efficiencies in managing certain licenses.
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/EmploymentForExOffenders.aspx
Removing Barriers to Employment Re-entry for Ex-Offenders
IDFPR and IDOC are aiding recidivism rates by streamlining the professional licensing process for men and women who are being released from prison.
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/ProvidingTechnologyTrainingEducatedWorkforce.aspx
Providing Technology Training for An Educated Workforce
Through a partnership with the Internet of Things (IoT) Talent Consortium, the Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) is fostering training in emerging technology fields.
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/ProvidingTimelyServicesThoseNeed.aspx
Providing Timely Services to Those in Need
The Department of Human Services is improving its internal external processes to better prioritize the needs of their clients.
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/QuickerResourceManagementLocalGovernments.aspx
Quicker Resource Management to Local Governments When It Matters Most
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is helping local governments streamline the procurement process for critical resources needed for emergency response and recovery.
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/Racing-to-the-Finish-Line-Quickly.aspx
Racing to the Finish Line Quickly
The Illinois Racing Board is alleviating burdens in hearings and appeals through Director Review Conferences.
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/RecyclingForTheEnvironmentAndEfficiency.aspx
Recycling for the Environment and Efficiency
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) captured the process of recycling bio-solids rather than sending the material to a landfill.
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/ReducingAdministrativeBurdensOnApplicantsForAirPollutionControlPermits.aspx
Reducing Administrative Burdens on Applicants for Air Pollution Control Permits
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) is reducing administrative burdens for facilities needing to obtain air pollution control permits.
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/ReducingRecidivismThroughIllinoisIDCards.aspx
Reducing Recidivism Through Illinois ID Cards
To reduce the recidivism rates for Illinois juveniles being released from Illinois Youth Centers, IDJJ has worked to eliminate some of the barriers that youth face when obtaining an Illinois ID card from the Secretary of State.
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/ReducingTheAmountOfTimeToInvestigateChargesOfDiscrimination.aspx
Reducing the Amount of Time to Investigate Charges of Discrimination
The Illinois Department of Human Rights (“IDHR”) is streamlining the investigation of charges of discrimination.