SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Alarmed by the monthslong delays residents have experienced trying to secure professional licenses necessary for their employment, state Rep. Mary Gill, D-Chicago, recently supported a measure to require the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to modernize its outdated computer systems, as well as use discretion to extend license expirations and renewal deadlines for a year.
“My office has heard the personal stories and frustration people have experienced trying to receive their license from IDFPR,” Gill said. “Particularly for in-demand fields, such as nursing, we can’t be creating unnecessary hurdles and delays for people. That’s why this needed legislation will help to put IDFPR back on track.”
Gill helped pass House Bill 2394 which will expedite IDFPR’s competitive bid procurement process as it looks to upgrade computer software involved in licensing. IDFPR will have to secure software within 90 days of the bill’s effective date, and then implement it within the following 90 days. Additionally, IDFPR will have the ability for one year to extend expiration dates and renewal periods for classes of licenses due to various reasons – including shortages in professional fields and high numbers of applicants that are waiting.
“We can’t have people losing out on job opportunities or being unable to work because of unreasonable wait times,” Gill said. “This overhaul is overdue, and I’m hopeful IDFPR will implement it efficiently and effectively.”
House Bill 2394 passed both houses and will head to the governor for approval.
For more information, please contact RepMaryGill@gmail.com.