BELLEVILLE, Ill. – After hearing from numerous local professionals who were impacted by long delays getting their licenses processed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), state Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea, recently supported a legislative proposal that will push the state agency to modernize its outdated computer systems, as well allow for extensions on expirations and renewal deadlines over the next year as the backlog is addressed.
“This measure helps to cut out bureaucratic hurdles so that IDFPR can immediately replace its old software that is contributing to extremely long wait times for residents,” Hoffman said. “My office has heard from many residents who have been rightfully frustrated at the existing process. This is needed response that will hopefully put IDFPR back on track.”
Hoffman backed House Bill 2394, which when signed into law will expedite the competitive bid procurement process for IDFPR so that it can secure software within 90 days of the bill’s signing. IDFPR will then be required to implement the new software within the following 90 days. To further handle existing challenges, IDFPR will be empowered to extend expiration dates and renewal periods for classes of licenses due to various reasons – such as employment shortages in specific fields and high applicant numbers.
“We had situations in which people were finding themselves unable to do work at a job because their license was stuck being processed for months and months,” Hoffman said. “A more efficient and effective IDFPR is good for residents, good for employers and good for communities that depend on in-demand positions – such as those in the medical field – being filled. I look forward to seeing this proposal implemented soon.”
House Bill 2394 passed the General Assembly with bipartisan support and will head to the governor for approval.
For more information, please contact RepJayHoffman@gmail.com.