Governor Takes State Tech into 21st Century

Today, Governor Rauner signed an Executive Order to consolidate the State’s IT systems, digitize records and create the Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT).

Surrounded by millions of documents in the Department of Corrections Transfer Coordinator’s office, Governor Rauner hunkered down at a fold-out table and signed an Executive Order to digitize the state’s records.

State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) praised the Governor for his actions to move unilaterally to streamline what has been a wasteful, inefficient bureaucratic process. Last year, Rep. Jesiel sponsored and passed HB 4115, to share information between the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Human Services. “While this legislation was just a very small step, this has been a priority for me because I’ve learned that there are so many technological redundancies in our State agencies,” said Jesiel. “My background as an accountant has provided me with a very unique lens to view our financial recordkeeping systems. This is an important step in the right direction.”

Gladys Taylor, Assistant Director of the Department of Corrections, revealed the department “…generates 276,000 pieces of information every day and then multiply it times two because every inmate has a master file.”

“We are in the midst of a digital revolution. Technology has made us more efficient, more informed and better connected,” Governor Rauner said. “The Department of Innovation and Technology will modernize our aging technology systems and lead to better, quicker and more efficient service for taxpayers. This technology transformation is critical to enhancing our competitiveness.”

The new system will allow the State to provide its services to more people with more efficiency. The head of DoIT, Hardik Bhatt says, “DoIT will be focused on helping each state agency leverage technology solutions to provide the best service for Illinois constituents.”