In response to Governor Rauner’s Executive Order, Central Management Services (CMS) streamlined administrative processes through a centralized administrative hearings process. This allows for professional development for Administrative Law Judges while preserving ethical standards.
Code of Conduct: CMS identified potential abuses and liabilities with Administrative Law Judges. Along with 20 other states, Illinois enacted an “ALJ Code of Professional Conduct” to provide specific guidance to ALJ’s for ensuring they perform their duties ethically.
Administrative Efficiencies: The Department of Labor has continuously had a huge backlog of cases awaiting hearing and decision. To address this issue, The Bureau of Administrative Hearings coordinated with other agencies to train and equip Administrative Law Judges to hear Department of Labor cases. Since October 2016, 369 cases have been scheduled with ALJ’s which would have otherwise been delayed waiting for Department of Labor to administer.