The Rules Committee headed by ICC Commissioner Sadzi Oliva and comprised of ALJs from more than 6 State agencies, started by gathering all of the various regulations that govern administrative hearings in Illinois. From there, subcommittee members compared and contrasted existing rules by subject area. This analysis enabled drafters to identify best practices as well as those rules that perpetuate inefficiencies. The subcommittee’s work coincides with the work of another administration initiative – the regulatory reform project. Go to the Cutting the Red Tape website to learn more about this companion project.
Taking the analytical work of the Rule Subcommittee, a group of drafters created a set of model rules that while preserving due process, would streamline hearings, provide for more prompt resolution of matters, and allow for technological advances in the hearing process.