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.
Online License Renewal System
​Illinois liquor licensees can renew online through the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC).
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.
Protecting Those Who Cannot Protect Themselves
The Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission achieved critical program successes through operational streamlining with the Human Rights Authority.
Easing Regulatory Inconsistency and Duplicity in Illinois's Food Industry
While assessing the ease the heavy burden on regulatory restrictions on commerce, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) made improvements to the economic landscape for the food industry in Illinois.
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.
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.
Identifying Compliance Measures Outside of Formal Enforcement
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) is ensuring permit compliance by small sized wastewater treatment plants outside of formal enforcement measures to save staff resources.
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.”
Improving Data Collection Procedures
The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) is reducing redundancy while maintaining accountability for taxpayers.
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
Building a Better Illinois
The Capital Development Board (CDB) evaluated and streamlined the selection process for Architect/ Engineer Services (A/E) to receive contracts.
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.
Creating Programming to Cross Train Additional Public School Inspectors
The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal is cross-training local fire departments on how to inspect local public schools.
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
Cutting Costs and Providing Streamlined Services
The Department of Human Services is streamlining resources to provide improved medical-related services.
Cutting Labor Costs
By allowing electronic filing procedures, the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board (IELRB) is providing cost effective measures while protecting privacies.
Cutting Waste for IllinoisTaxpayers
The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) is reducing costs by cutting out unnecessary trash collection at the Hill Correctional Center.
Donating for Historic Preservation Using Modern Technology
The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, through electronic E-Pay donation systems, provides tools for patrons to donate electronically.
Advocating For Those Who Cannot Advocate for Themselves
In evaluating the advocacy needs of multiple types of clients, the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission is effectuating necessary protections for vulnerable populations throughout Illinois.
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.
Saving Time and Money
The Pollution Control Board amended their procedural rules to allow services by email and electronic filing of documents.
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.
Streamlining Procedures for Small Types of Boilers
The Illinois Pollution Control Board is easing the burden on those who need small boiler permits.