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/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/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/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/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/Working-for-Greater-Efficiencies.aspx
Working for Greater Efficiencies
Workers’ Compensation is seeking greater efficiencies through building an e-filing system.
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/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/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/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/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/Customer-Service-with-a-Smile.aspx
Customer Service with a Smile
To combat poor efficiency at the IDPH’s Division of Vital Records in receiving birth, death, marriage, or divorce documents, the IDPH instituted a same day service for walk in customers
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/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/UsingCloudTechnologyBuildGovernmentInfrastructure.aspx
Using Cloud Technology to Build Government Infrastructure
The Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) is using innovative Cloud technology to bring together educational institutions, municipalities and state government operations.
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/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.