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Education

Record levels of funding Governors Cabinet on


for PK-12 Children and Youth
In both FY16 and FY17, Governor Rauner Governor Bruce Rauner established the
fought for increases to PK-12 education. Governors Cabinet on Children and Youth by
executive order in February 2016.
In the current school year, the Governor ended
the practice of proration while ensuring schools The Childrens Cabinet is creating a cohesive
received a record level of funding. state-wide strategy to improve outcomes for
children and youth. It convenes the executive
Governor Rauner has secured an additional leadership from the fifteen state agencies that
$100 million investment in early childhood oversee initiatives for children and youth, as
education. well as four members of the Governors senior
PK-12 education spending has increased $700 team and the Department of Innovation and
million under Governor Rauner. Technology.
Childrens Cabinet 3 initial projects include:
Improving Schools 1. Connecting youth to employment
opportunities through an Apprenticeship
Lead Testing Bill - SB 550 is bipartisan Plus program and expanding vocational
legislation to protect Illinois children by requiring courses in high school
schools and daycares to test for lead
contamination 2. Reducing the childhood lead burden
Substitute Teacher Bill - SB 2912 cuts the red 3. Developing the early childhood education
tape to help teachers moving to Illinois get into workforce.
classrooms more quickly and efficiently without
sacrificing teacher quality.
Post-Secondary Workforce and Readiness Act -
School Funding Task Force
HB 5729 establishes new initiatives to smooth Governor Rauner is committed to rebuilding
the transition for students from high school to Illinois K-12 education system by combatting
post-secondary and career by creating a more inequity and inadequacy in the current funding
effective bridge between high school and formula.
community colleges.
Governor Rauner convened a bipartisan task
Education Superhighway - Partnered with force to address the issues in the current
national non-profit to increase broadband and formula and charged members to come up with
fiber access to every school in Illinois and a new formula for the upcoming school year.
increase digital learning in every classroom by
leveraging existing federal dollars.
The task force is expect to expand school
choice options for parents, including equal
Lead Higher Initiative - Illinois was the first state funding for charter schools and creation of
in the country to join this partnership to ensure tuition tax credit program.
low income and minority students have access
to Advanced Placement and International
Bipartisan commission approved framework on
Baccalaureate coursework, which is critical to February 1, 2017 to reform Illinois broken
college readiness. school funding formula.

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Ethics
Executive Order 15-09 Appointed the states first
Signed his first week in office Chief Compliance Officer
Tightens the ethical standards for executive To oversee the development of the States
branch employees. comprehensive compliance program, focused
Closed the revolving door of state employees on building a more ethical and accountable
leaving the Executive Branch into lobbying. State government.
Employees are banned from lobbying the
administration for one year after leaving the
Executive Branch. Executive Order 16-04
Closed loopholes in the gift ban that lobbyists To implement the states first-ever employee
and contractors used to influence state Code of Personal Conduct.
regulators. Improves the states internal investigation
Increased transparency by requiring additional system to increase accountability.
annual economic interest disclosures. The Code, which went into effect on July 1,
2016, is modeled on best practices from the
Executive Order 15-10 federal government and the private sector

To clearly identify at-will (Rutan-exempt)


TEAM Illinois

employees.
Employees are clearly listed on the Illinois New ethics and compliance initiative for state
Transparency and Accountability Portal (ITAP) employees that focuses on ensuring that all
website to give the people of Illinois a way to state employees understand that public service
easily find the states political hires. is a public trust, and that state employees are a
part of a team of public servants serving our
fellow citizens.
Executive Order 15-16
Ended Rod Blagojevichs corrupt hiring system
Eliminated the EPAR system, which was a While the General Assembly
layer of government bureaucracy in hiring
civil-service positions (Rutan-covered positions) has never adopted the same
to better the hiring process from unlawful
political influence. standards, Executive
Branch employees are held
to the highest standard in
state government.

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Jobs
Intersect Illinois Cutting the Red Tape
Worked to create a private non-profit business Created the Illinois Competitiveness Council to
development corporation, which has simplify, consolidate and streamline state
successfully worked with the Department of policies, rules and regulations in order to
Commerce to attract companies like Amazon to promote economic growth and job creation.
grow thousands of jobs in Illinois.
Goal is to save Illinoisans at least $250
million in direct license fee costs over the
EDGE Program next decade, and save Illinois taxpayers
and business owners at least 4 million
Delivering better value for taxpayers by only pages in paperwork.
offering incentives for created jobs not
retained jobs.
Review the states licensing requirements to
reduce barriers many small businesses face
that can greatly hinder growth.
Corporate Recruiting
Amazon announced it is creating 7,000 new Exelon Bill
jobs in Illinois as a result of our central location,
hard-working people and strong infrastructure.
Laid out pathway for SB 2814 that would protect
jobs, ratepayers and taxpayers, and led to the
bills eventual passage.
Minority Empowerment Ensures the Quad Cities and Clinton power
Created the Office of Minority Economic plants remain open for the next ten years.
Empowerment at the Department of Commerce Contains guaranteed cap that energy prices
ADME Advancing the Development of cannot increase more than 25 cents on the
Minority Entrepreneurship average residential home or increase more than
1.3 percent on commercial and industrial users
Supporting minority entrepreneurs through over the next ten years.
mentorship and networking
Unprecedented wind and solar expansion, and
Signed Executive Order 16-08 to ensure equal preserves zero-emission generation.
opportunities for all businesses
Instructs CMS to implement sheltered
markets to increase the number of
Unemployment Insurance
businesses owned and controlled by Reform
minorities, women, and persons with
disabilities doing business with the state. Led negotiations to reduce fraud, waste, abuse
and negligence in unemployment insurance
Reforms current Business Enterprise payouts saving taxpayers $188 million in 2015
Program to be a better resource to and returned millions to employers in
businesses owned by minorities, women overpayments.
and people with disabilities.

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Fiscal
Responsibility
Union Contract Hundreds of millions of
Negotiations dollars saved through
Successfully negotiated contracts with 20 administrative action
public-employee unions
Terms include a four-year wage freeze
Froze non-essential state spending by signing
and the use of merit pay to compensate Executive Order 15-08
employees based on the quality of their Sold state surplus aircraft
work, not on their seniority. Net sales: $15 million on top of savings
from maintenance and fuel
Defeated the legislatures attempt to remove
administration from contract negotiations Lottery contract
with AFSCME Saved taxpayers $22 million instantly by
HB 580 and SB 1229 would have removed terminating contract with private lottery
the administrations ability to collectively manager.
bargain on behalf of taxpayers with Released innovative RFP to find a new
AFSCME, the states largest private lottery manager that addresses
public-employee union. many of the issues from the previous
By ensuring the legislature did not override administrations contract. The request will
the Governors veto, taxpayers saved $3 ensure the lottery grows responsibly and
billion over the life of the contract. provides the best value for taxpayers.

Eliminated the FY15 $1.6 Health Care Fraud


Billion Deficit Elimination Task Force
Successfully corrected the $1.6 billion Signed Executive Order 16-05, which created
unbalanced Fiscal Year 15 budget that he the Health Care Fraud Elimination Task Force
inherited when taking office without raising to root out fraud, waste and abuse in
taxes or increased borrowing. taxpayer-funded health care systems.
Within the first six months, the task force has
Vetoed unbalanced budget already identified millions of dollars in savings.
Modernized and cleaned up state health
bills that would have led to insurance rolls to save $22 million in
FY16 and $32 million in FY17
massive tax hikes Improving fraud, waste and abuse
Vetoed the $4.5 billion out-of-balance budget for identification efforts in Medicaid will save
Fiscal Year 2016 and stopped the passage of taxpayers $50 million.
the $7.5 billion out-of-balance budget for Fiscal
Year 2017

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Technology
Transformation
Created the Department of Digitization
Innovation and Technology Digitized nearly 5 billion records of Illinoisans
that were not secure and not previously
(DoIT) encrypted.
To centralize all technology work under one, Millions of pages of paper have been
uniform department to modernize and transitioned from file cabinets to digital records,
streamline operations. which increases security and speed at which
the government can operate.
The Department of Corrections has worked with
DoIT to implement Offender 360, which allows
DOC to take a full look at the offender digitally.
The Department of Financial and Professional
Regulation has worked with DoIT to increase
online electronic licensing that streamlines
applications for state government and
applicants.
Created an app for caseworkers in the
Department of Children and Family Services to
make casework more accurate and to provide
assistance to at-risk children and families faster
and more compassionately.

We are modernizing and


streamlining state
government, and building
toward a higher level of
transparency through our
new Department of
Innovation and Technology.

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Criminal Justice
Reform
Criminal Justice Reform Facility Transformations
Commission Closing F House (Roundhouse) at Stateville
Correctional Facility
In January 2015, Governor Rauner created the Built in 1922, the F House was the only
Commission on Criminal Justice and remaining roundhouse in use in the US.
Sentencing Reform to offer recommendations of Its layout was antiquated and created
change to reduce the prison population 25 safety and operational hazards for both
percent by 2025 and break the cycle of staff and offenders. It was also
recidivism. labor-intensive and created a loud,
The bipartisan commission sent the governor chaotic environment for offenders.
27 recommendations last spring. DOC has Governor Rauner announced in October
begun to implement a number of the that he was closing F House because it no
recommendations administratively. longer met the needs to rehabilitate
offenders effectively.
Two bills passed the legislature with
bipartisan support: Opening Life Skills and Re-Entry Facilities
Governor Rauner has instructed DOC to
1. Governor Rauner signed the bill to require
repurpose two Illinois Youth Centers (DJJ)
judges to explain why an incarceration
into Life Skills and Re-Entry facilities at
sentence is appropriate for low-level felony
Kewanee and Murphysboro.
offenders with no prior probation
sentences or prior convictions for a These centers are minimum security and
violent crime. focus on preparing offenders to transition
back into society with specialized
2. Governor Rauner signed a bill that requires educational, vocational, and life skills
DOC and the Secretary of State to ensure training.
they have a state ID when they leave
custody. An ID is critical to helping former Focus on mental health treatment at facilities
offenders reintegrate into society DOC has begun construction on
effectively. Residential Treatment Units (RTU) at
Logan, Joliet, Pontiac and Dixon
Correctional Centers.
DOC has entered into an intergovernmental
Since Governor Rauner agreement with DHS to treat the most
Took Office: critical patients at the Elgin facility.
More than 13,000 employees have
Adult prison population has dropped received training from the National Alliance
nearly 10% on Mental Illness (NAMI).
Segregation sentences have been reduced
The juvenile justice population has
and overall use of confinement is down
dropped 40%
The percent of population in some sort of
DOC has hired an additional 1,805 cadets confinement has reduced from 5.86% to
3.86% (January 2015-December 2016).

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Criminal Justice
Reform (Cont.)

Clemency Backlog
Governor Rauner inherited a backlog of 2,409
clemency requests from the prior
administrations, and cleared the backlog within
two years. He believes offenders and their
families deserve respect in knowing the
outcome regardless if its granted or not.
When evaluating a petition for clemency,
Governor Rauner considers the following:
Length of time since the completion of the
petitioners sentence (typically a minimum
of 10 years)
Petitioners need for clemency (i.e. inability
to get a job or obtain licensure)
Military service
Community service
Nature of the crime committed
Acceptance of responsibility for the crime
Overall criminal history (convictions only)

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Human Services
Transformation
1115 Medicaid Waiver Department on Aging
Governor Rauner submitted an 1115 Medicaid Medication management program designed to
waiver proposal to the federal government, help older adults simplify their medication
allowing the state to use innovative health regimens and prevent adverse drug reactions.
strategies to better coordinate and integrate
care. In particular, the waiver proposal focuses
on behavioral health and substance abuse
treatment.

DCFS Reforms
Signed an Executive Order directing all
references of ward of the state or ward of the
Department within the child welfare system be
changed to youth in care.
Increased federal reimbursement for services
provided to youth aged 18-21 by $20 million for
FY16, and the state is expected to receive an
additional $16 million in subsequent fiscal years
by fixing a paperwork issue.
Signed normalcy legislation to fully support the
enrichment and immersion of youth in care into
their communities. The bill provides that
children who are in the care and custody of the
Department of Children and Family Services
are entitled to participate to the fullest extent in
extracurricular, enrichment, cultural and social
activities in his or her community.
Reduced the number of children in shelter care
by 50 percent and instituted a new directive to
ensure no child under the age of six spends the
night in a shelter.

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State Government
Transformation
Central Management Department of Financial
Services (CMS) and Professional
James R. Thompson Center Sale Initiated the Regulation (IDFPR)
sale of the JRTC in Chicago that would net
taxpayers an estimated $220 million. Reducing Cost and Improving Efficiency
Implementing cost-saving measures
Procurement reform CMS has initiated steps such as reducing paper and postage
to improve the way Illinois buys goods and use through online license renewal
services. notifications, saving approximately
Launched BidBuy a new eProcurement $593,000 and 16,500 hours of work
system annually
Retraining procurement staff at CMS and Launching a digital application process for
the Chief Procurement Officers office to its occupational professions and reducing
improve workflow, identify waste and their respective processing times by 70
unnecessary steps in bidding contracts percent
Improved call center productivity and
IDOT reduced call wait time by 45 percent
Licensing Reform Reducing barriers to entry
I-55 Managed Lanes Project Through a in Illinois professional landscape by easing
public-private partnership, the state is exploring pathways available to cross-border applicants
the addition of an express tolling lane in each and ex-offenders.
direction on I-55.
The additional lanes would help alleviate Preventing adverse drug reactions Filed
congestion in one of the busiest commuter, immediate rule changes to mandate
freight and tourist corridors in Illinois. pharmacists counsel patients on drug-to-drug
interactions and require signs to notify patients
Houbolt Road Bridge This is a first-of-its-kind of this requirement.
agreement between state and local Require instruction on drug-to-drug
governments and the private sector and is interactions as part of a pharmacists
estimated to include up to $170 million in continuing education.
private investment, leveraged by a state
contribution of $21 million, to help alleviate
congestion and encourage more economic
growth in the country's largest inland port.
Executive Mansion
With a total project cost of around $200 Restoration
million, the public is getting nearly a ten to
The Illinois Executive Mansion Association led
one return on an investment.
by First Lady Diana Rauner has started a
campaign to restore the Peoples House
$15 million restoration using private funds
and no taxpayer money
Phase 1 replaced the buildings aging roof
and was completed in 2016

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State Government
Transformation (Cont.)

Tollway Fairgrounds Foundation


Rebuilt and widened I-90 that links Rockford to After the General Assembly failed to act on a
Chicago The $2.5 billion project was bipartisan-supported piece of legislation, the
completed on time and on budget. administration brought together private citizens
More than 100 bridges were replaced or to create the Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation.
rehabilitated The foundation will allow for private investment
More than 200 DBE and veteran-owned into the states fairgrounds in Springfield and Du
firms participated in the project Quoin at cost no taxpayer dollars.
Received awards by the US Minority
Contractors Association (Public Administrator of
the Year), Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce
(Government Agency of the Year) and
Federation of Women Contractors (Diversity
Program Champion) for efforts to promote
diversity and entrepreneurship.

Administrative Law
Transformation
Executive Order 16-06, signed last April,
created the pilot Bureau of Administrative
Hearings. Thirty states have some form of
centralized hearing structure, and its a tested
solution to reducing backlogs and improving
resource allocation.
By case sharing with the Department of
Revenue and the Department of Public
Health, the bureau has doubled speed by
which the Department of Labor's cases are
held, from 100 to 200 hearings in its first
month.
The bureau is also preparing a uniform
case management system, with DoIT, for
all state agencies to share. This system
will save $4 million per year once fully
implemented.

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