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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Racing to the Finish Line Quickly
The Illinois Racing Board is alleviating burdens in hearings and appeals through Director Review Conferences.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reducing the Backlog of Legal Case Referrals
The Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) has reduced case backlogs and streamlined the processes for referring potential citation cases.
Keeping Judges Accountable and Efficient
Central Management Services (CMS) has provided timely administrative hearings through cross training of Administrative Law Judges while still ensuring legal integrity.
Matching Federal Guidelines for Tax Return Extensions for Corporations and Partnerships
Through the necessary matching tax provisions for corporations and partnerships, the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) is meeting taxpayer expectations with defined due dates.
Mobile Technology to Educate and Preserve History
The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency has created a mobile application to highlight State Historic Sites.
Modernizing Outdated Administrative Rules
The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) is standardizing processes for filing and handling of cases for saving time and money.
Online License Renewal System
​Illinois liquor licensees can renew online through the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC).
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
Operational Winnings
The Illinois Lottery has affected successful cost savings and efficiencies by moving from manual ball drawings to a digital drawing system.
Providing Quality Customer Service for Pharmacists Through A Pharmacy Citation System Program
IDFPR has transitioned to a Pharmacy Citation System Program for minor disciplinary infractions.
Playing to Win for Illinois
The Gaming Board has implemented an aggressive roll-out of video gaming throughout Illinois to increase revenues.
Preventing Fires Through Education to Youth
To prevent the alarming rate of fires started by youth, the Office of the Illinois Fire Marshal is offering prevention and intervention classes for children and families.
Prioritizing Labor Costs for the Educational Labor Relations Board
The Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board is saving time and money by consolidating the use of resources.