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/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/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/Improving-IDES-Services-Taxpayers.aspx
Improving IDES Services for Taxpayers
The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), along with the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR), initiated a project which provides a single portal for state employment taxes.
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/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/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/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/ImprovingSupplierDiversityIllinoisPublicUtilities.aspx
Improving Supplier Diversity within Illinois Public Utilities
Realizing the disparities in diversity among suppliers to Illinois public utilities, the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) is providing training services in coordination with the five largest Illinois public utilities to ensure procurement opportunities
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/MatchingFederalGuidelinesForTaxReturnExtensionsForCorporationsAndPartnerships.aspx
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.
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/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/MobileTechnologyToEducateAndPreserveHistory.aspx
Mobile Technology to Educate and Preserve History
The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency has created a mobile application to highlight State Historic Sites.
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/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/Playing-to-Win-for-Illinois.aspx
Playing to Win for Illinois
The Gaming Board has implemented an aggressive roll-out of video gaming throughout Illinois to increase revenues.
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/EliminatingStigmaExOffenders.aspx
Eliminating the Stigma for Ex-Offenders
By partnering with local community organizations and Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) staff, IDOC is eliminating the stigma for those released from correctional facilities.
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/Fostering-Children-by-Adopting-Technology.aspx
Fostering Children by Adopting Technology
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is addressing the timely and complicated process of becoming a licensed foster parent by enacting an online pilot program.
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/CuttingLaborCosts.aspx
Cutting Labor Costs
By allowing electronic filing procedures, the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board (IELRB) is providing cost effective measures while protecting privacies.
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/RepealingObsoleteAndInconsistentRegulations.aspx
Repealing Obsolete and Inconsistent Regulations
Assessing the need to ease the regulatory burden on life in Illinois, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) eliminated discrepancies in the Illinois administrative code.
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/Saving-Time-and-Money.aspx
Saving Time and Money
The Pollution Control Board amended their procedural rules to allow services by email and electronic filing of documents.
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/StreamlineTheImplementationOfSoftwareUpgradesToTheStatewideCentralCommunicationSystem.aspx
Streamline the implementation of software upgrades to the statewide Central Communication System
The Illinois Gaming Board has implemented new software protocol to improve the efficiency of the video gaming market.
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/StreamliningProceduresForSmallTypesOfBoilers.aspx
Streamlining Procedures for Small Types of Boilers
The Illinois Pollution Control Board is easing the burden on those who need small boiler permits.
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/TrainingOffendersSkillsWhileIncarceratedToPreventReEntryIntoThePrisonSystem.aspx
Training Offenders Skills While Incarcerated to Prevent Re-Entry into the Prison System
The Illinois Department of Corrections is providing essential skill training to offenders while in prison to provide tools for their success in Illinois communities.
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.