Cutting the Red Tape

More Jobs. Less Paperwork. Better Service.

A Message from Governor Bruce Rauner

Illinois is currently plagued with an overly burdensome regulatory environment. We have regulations for the sake of regulations, and they’re hindering our economic growth. It's time to cut the red tape in Illinois.

On October 17, 2016, I issued Executive Order 2016-13, which instructs all state agencies to undertake a comprehensive review of existing rules and regulations. The goal is to determine which ones are outdated, repetitive, confusing, unnecessary, or harmful to the economy. The Executive Order also establishes the Illinois Competitiveness Council to oversee this important review.

Public participation is vital to this process. We depend on your input to help determine which rules or policies keep our state from creating jobs and providing better service. Use our online portal to share your ideas for simplifying or reducing regulations. Let's work together to cut the red tape in Illinois.

 Goals of Red Tape Reduction

The goal of our Cutting the Red Tape Initiative is to make getting to work easier for our small businesses, and for people like principals and teachers, nurses and doctors, and even state employees who process permit applications. Cutting the red tape will break down unnecessary hurdles hindering economic growth. Our goal is to reduce the amount of red tape, paperwork, and regulatory burden by at least 25% over the course of the next two years, and save people from paying at least $250,000,000 in government fees. Specifically, we've asked state agencies to consider the following questions:

  • What regulations or policies are confusing, outdated, or repetitive?
  • Are regulations consistent across different agencies?
  • How can we streamline the process of interacting with State agencies, including reductions in paperwork requirements or wait times to have applications processed?
  • How can the State make the professional licensing process more efficient or reduce barriers to entry in professions?
  • Is there is a clear need (public health, safety, or welfare) for the rule?
  • What processes can agencies put in place to save taxpayers’ time and money?

We invite you to consider these questions as well and submit your feedback.