“I applaud the Governor on his passion to improve Illinois, and his willingness to work together in compromise and bipartisanship in order to achieve results. While there is much we must accomplish this year, this is a great start and I commend his effort to motivate our assembly and call for us to work together to return a state of balance in Illinois.”
on Monday, January 25, 2016
This agency will modernize Illinois' out of date technology systems to create faster and more efficient services for our residents. In order to do so, DoIT will create a strategic, statewide technology plan to modernize our state’s current system and accelerate the process.
While there has been some consolidation of technology services at the state level, each agency was left in charge of developing its own technology solutions. That created a patchwork of systems that were often redundant, and vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Our existing computers could not communicate with each other. Insuring that our various agencies can communicate with each other will reduce the opportunities for waste, fraud and abuse. Now, decisions and spending will be consolidated under this one agency; a move that will save taxpayer dollars.
on Friday, January 22, 2016
While it has been over ten years since the Real ID act was signed into law, many states have resisted and are still resisting the unfunded federal mandate. According to the Secretary of State’s office, Real ID implementation in Illinois will cost $57.3 million dollars over its first four years.
Illinois was granted an extension until January 22, 2018 because of the Illinois’ Secretary of State’s office, and their numerous and ongoing improvements to the integrity and security of the process for issuing driver’s licenses and security features on the cards themselves. Yet, despite these increased efforts, Illinois was not given another extension past 2018.