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About the Illinois Competitiveness Council

An Introduction from the Chairwoman

Welcome, and thank you for visiting our page! I'm U-Jung Choe, Chairwoman of the Illinois Competitiveness Council. Governor Rauner created the Council as part of the State’s Cutting the Red Tape Initiative. Specifically, the Council is comprised of representatives from over forty state agencies, boards, and commissions (please see below for a complete listing). Together, we are conducting a comprehensive review of agency rules and policies and are working to eliminate overly burdensome and confusing administrative requirements. Throughout this process, we aim to make meaningful changes that will encourage economic growth and ultimately benefit all Illinois businesses and citizens. Please reach out to us should you have any questions or suggestions.

What We Do

The Council has three primary functions. First, we are responsible for making sure that agencies evaluate their rules and policies using the seven guidelines provided by Executive Order 2016-13:

  1. Regulation is up to date and reflective of current Agency functions and programs.
  2. Regulation is drafted in such a way as to be understood by the general public. Regulations should be clear, concise and drafted in readily understood language. Regulations should not create legal uncertainty.
  3. Regulation is consistent with other rules across Agencies. Agencies should coordinate to ensure rules are not conflicting or have duplicative requirements.
  4. Regulation should not cause an undue administrative delay or backlog in processing necessary paperwork for businesses or citizens.
  5. Regulation does not impose unduly burdensome requirements on business, whether through time or cost, or have a negative effect on the State’s overall job growth. In considering this criterion, the Agency should consider whether there are less burdensome alternatives to achieve the Regulation’s purpose.
  6. Regulation does not impose unnecessary burden on social service providers or recipients, whether though time or cost. In considering this criterion, the Agency should consider whether there are ways to revise the Regulation to make it easier for social service providers and recipients to provide or receive services.
  7. There is a clear need and statutory authority for the Regulation. Regulation should not exceed the Agency’s statutory authority and should be drafted so as to impose statutory requirements in the least restrictive way possible. In considering these criteria, the Agency should also consider whether the Regulation exceeds federal requirements or duplicates local regulations or procedures.

Second, we will develop cost savings estimates that may result from proposed changes. And last, but certainly not least, we serve as the public’s link to the review process.

We hope that you'll participate by submitting your suggestions through the Report Red Tape page. By combining agency expertise with insights from businesses, social service providers, and Illinois residents, we firmly believe that this initiative will succeed in cutting the red tape in Illinois.