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/IllinoisLeadsWaySmartState.aspx
Illinois Leads Way as a Smart State
The Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) is advancing Illinois’ technology services and transforming Illinois into a “Smart State.”
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/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/DeliveringOnlineTransactionCapabilitiesTransportation.aspx
Delivering Online Transaction Capabilities for Transportation Businesses
To provide efficiencies in accordance with the federally mandated Unified Carrier Registration requirements, the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) is providing online services to transportation businesses.
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/KeepingJudgesAccountableEfficient.aspx
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.
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/Online-License-Renewal-System.aspx
Online License Renewal System
The Illinois Liquor Control Commission implemented a new electronic system to allow applicants to renew their licenses online.
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/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/CuttingWasteIllinoisTaxpayers.aspx
Cutting Waste for IllinoisTaxpayers
The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) is reducing costs by cutting out unnecessary trash collection at the Hill Correctional Center.
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/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/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/PrioritizingSignificanceVersusUnnecessaryOversight.aspx
Prioritizing Significance versus Unnecessary Oversight for State-Owned Property
Central Management Services (CMS) executed a policy negating requirement of all state-owned property to have a tag.
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/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/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/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/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/ConsolidatingEliminatingOptimizingStateIllinois.aspx
Consolidating, Eliminating and Optimizing for the State of Illinois
Through effective management and re-organization practices, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is delivering upgraded performance and cost savings.
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/ImprovingDepartmentalEfficienciesToImproveTheLivesOfYouth.aspx
Improving Departmental Efficiencies to Improve the Lives of Youth
Through better identification of best practices to address the large juvenile prison population and improve departmental efficiencies, the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) is instituting best practices to reduce the population and provide th
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/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/PreventingFiresThroughEducationToYouth.aspx
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.