Illinois. The Land of Lincoln. Home to Chicago, the biggest Democrat city in America. It is known for being the biggest gun control state in America. It is also one of the worst run states in America. Thus, its government is in dire need of restructuring.
First, there is the Department of Agriculture, which can obtain a few agencies, including the Committee for Agricultural Production and the Livestock Advisory Board. Meanwhile, the Department of Military Affairs could be renamed the Department of Defense, and obtain the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Next, there is the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, which should be renamed the Department of Commerce. The agencies it would obtain include the following: Commerce Commission, Finance Authority, and the Racing Commission.
Then, there is the Department of Education. The agencies it would obtain include the following: State Board of Education, Arts Council, and the Board of Higher Education. There’s also the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, which should be renamed the Department of Health and Human Services. The agencies it can obtain would include the Department of Public Health and the Emergency Management Agency.
A Department of Housing and Development could be formed by merging various agencies, such asP the Housing Development Authority and the Enterprise Zone Board. Meanwhile, a Department of Justice should be established (and headed by the Attorney General) by consolidating several agencies, including the Department of Corrections and the State Police. In addition, a Department of the Interior could be created by merging many agencies, including the Department of Natural Resources and the Pollution Control Board.
Agencies that the Department of Labor would obtain include the following: Labor Relations Board and the Workers’ Compensation Commission. Meanwhile the Department of Transportation can obtain a few agencies, including the State Toll Highway Authority and the Air Service Commission. In addition, the Department of Management Services should obtain a few agencies, such as the Procurement Policy Board and the State Employees Retirement System.
The Office of the Secretary of State can obtain agencies such as the Local Records Commission and the Local Governments Consolidation Commission, while agencies obtained by the Office of the State Treasurer would include the Department of Revenue and the Property Tax Appeal Board. Meanwhile, the Office of the Auditor General could obtain the Internal Audit Advisory Board. Perhaps it should merge with the Office of the Comptroller.
Various agencies could be localized, including the Taxpayer Action Boards for several counties. Entitites that can be privatized would include the Chicago Transit Authority and the Office of the Appellate Defender. Meanwhile, entities that need to be eliminated include the following: Climate Change Advisory Group, Electronic Vehicle Advisory Council, and the Recess in Schools Task Force.
The next article in this series will focus on Indiana.