A state pilot program is meant to save taxpayers money and also bring swifter justice in regulatory cases.
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed an executive order Friday that will pool administrative law judges from 10 state agencies. They will be cross-trained to alleviate the backlog of cases in some agencies. Gov. Bruce Rauner says it can take people up to three years to challenge a regulation.
“Three years is far too long for people to wait for justice on a particular regulatory enforcement,” Rauner said. “It’s wrong.”
Rauner hopes the pilot program will drop the wait time to no more than three months.
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“While doing that over time we eventually can actually save taxpayer money and increase the productivity, the efficiency, inside our government agencies,” Rauner said.
Rauner says similar changes should have occurred decades ago but internal government turf wars kept reforms at bay.
Meanwhile efforts continue to make the state’s computer systems more efficient and effective.
Department of Innovation and Technology Secretary Hardik Bhatt says the state spends an estimated $830 million a year on information technology. Part of the problem is all the different outdated systems.
“We have 420 ERP systems, 50 licensing systems, 38 asset management systems,” Bhatt said. “And I can just go on and on and on.”
Bhatt says other areas of state government information technology will see changes.
“Over the next 36 to 40 months the entire state is going to be on a unified financial system,” Bhatt said.