New State Agency Will Help Modernize Illinois' Technology

Governor Bruce Rauner recently signed Executive Order 16-01, which created the Illinois Department on Innovation and Technology (DoIT). In an effort to modernize our state’s technology systems, this new state agency will work to transform the state’s information technology functions into one agency to provide better more efficient service to Illinois residents and businesses. In order to do so, DoIT will create a strategic, statewide technology plan to modernize our state’s current system and accelerate the process.

Rep. Winger supports this move by the Governor, one that twenty-nine other states, the City of Chicago and much of the private sector have also done in order to consolidate technology functions into central departments. “This is a much needed step in order to help make our state competitive again, bring businesses to Illinois, and provide better more efficient service to our residents. Having IT functions and decisions consolidated under this one agency will make for faster service while also saving taxpayer dollars, and this is great progress for the future of technology in our state.”

While there has been some consolidation of IT 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. Now, decisions and spending will be consolidated under this one agency; a move that will save taxpayer dollars.