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/ReducingStaffTravelAndAdministrativeHearingCostsThroughVideoConferencing.aspx
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.
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/Protecting-Those-Who-Cannot-Protect-Themselves.aspx
Protecting Those Who Cannot Protect Themselves
The Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission achieved critical program successes through operational streamlining with the Human Rights Authority.
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/EasingRegulatoryInconsistencyAndDuplicityInIllinoisFoodIndustry.aspx
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.
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/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/ImprovingDataCollectionProcedures.aspx
Improving Data Collection Procedures
The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) is reducing redundancy while maintaining accountability for taxpayers.
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/CreatingProgrammingToCrossTrainAdditionalPublicSchoolInspectors.aspx
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.
https://www2.illinois.gov/advancing-illinois/Pages/CuttingCostsProvidingStreamlinedServices.aspx
Cutting Costs and Providing Streamlined Services
The Department of Human Services is streamlining resources to provide improved medical-related services.
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/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/AdvocatingForThoseWhoCannotAdvocateForThemselves.aspx
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.
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/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/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/DonatingForHistoricPreservationUsingModernTechnology.aspx
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.
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/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/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/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/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.