As part of his commitment to making Illinois government more efficient, Governor Pat Quinn today issued an executive order eliminating dozens of state boards and commissions. The Governor's Office conducted an extensive review of the state's existing 391 boards and commissions and found that a number of them were dormant, redundant or had completed their original mission.
"While there are many essential boards and commissions that perform important duties for our taxpayers, there are also many which are no longer needed," Governor Pat Quinn said. "This executive order is another step forward to increase efficiency in state government."
As first announced in his budget address earlier this week, Governor Quinn's executive order outlines 75 boards and commissions throughout state government that will be officially eliminated or consolidated. Today's announcement follows major cost-savings measures Governor Quinn has achieved since taking office, including closing or consolidating 54 state facilities to save more than $100 million annually, and saving $50 million annually by eliminating more than 2 million square feet of office space. In addition, Governor Quinn has reduced the Governor's Office's budget by more than 25 percent since he arrived.
Following today's executive order, Illinois has 317 boards and commissions under the authority of the governor. Of those, 24 are compensated: eight of which are full-time, paid positions while the remaining 16 are part-time or per diem. The remaining 293 boards are unpaid, volunteer boards. Board salaries are set by Illinois statute.
Today's announcement follows an executive order the governor signed shortly after taking office that created Appointments.Illinois.gov, the state's first-ever website that gives Illinois citizens unprecedented access to information about members and vacancies in the state's boards and commissions.