Education

Record levels of funding Governor’s 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. Governor’s 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 Children’s 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 Governor’s senior
► PK-12 education spending has increased $700 team and the Department of Innovation and
million under Governor Rauner. Technology.
Children’s 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 state’s first
Signed his first week in office Chief Compliance Officer
► Tightens the ethical standards for executive ► To oversee the development of the State’s
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 state’s first-ever employee
and contractors used to influence state Code of Personal Conduct.
regulators. ► Improves the state’s 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 state’s 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 Blagojevich’s 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 state’s 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
bill’s 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 legislature’s 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 administration’s ability to collectively manager.
bargain on behalf of taxpayers with • Released innovative RFP to find a new
AFSCME, the state’s largest private lottery manager that addresses
public-employee union. many of the issues from the previous
• By ensuring the legislature did not override administration’s contract. The request will
the Governor’s 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 It’s 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 it’s granted or not.
► When evaluating a petition for clemency,
Governor Rauner considers the following:
• Length of time since the completion of the
petitioner’s sentence (typically a minimum
of 10 years)
• Petitioner’s 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 Officer’s 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 People’s House
• $15 million restoration using private funds
and no taxpayer money
• Phase 1 replaced the building’s 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 state’s 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 it’s 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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