Gov. Pritzker signs executive orders

Gov. Pritzker signs first executive orders

SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) - Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has signed his first executive order.

At 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, Gov. Pritzker signed an executive order requiring state agencies to be more transparent with data and to be in compliance with state mandates.

The following is the elements of the executive order:

  • A requirement that every  agency, board and commission review all statutory obligations and audit  findings from the past four years and provide a plan within 60 days to address findings.
  • A requirement that every agency board and commission review laws and regulations on publishing data and ensure compliance within 30 days. 
  • A requirement that every  agency, board and commission review their data publishing practices, including past practices, within 60 days to move toward greater voluntary data disclosure. 

“For hardworking people across Illinois, know that your state government has your back," Pritzer said. "Whether it’s pay equity for women, prosecuting employers who engage in wage theft, instituting prevailing wage requirements, using project labor agreements, restoring state employees’ steps, or promoting diversity in state contracts, these steps are the first of many to take bold action to support working families. This work is far from done, and I look forward to continuing to work with the General Assembly to advance core priorities so working families across Illinois can thrive.”

The executive order was Pritzker’s first official act as governor.

“I applaud Governor Pritzker for taking immediate action to lift up the middle class and those striving to get there,” said Mike Carrigan, president the Illinois AFL-CIO. “Signing this package of legislation and executive orders on his first full day in office shows that Governor Pritzker is putting working families first.”

Gov. Pritzker also signed an executive order that will:

  • Require  that the Department of Central Management Services and the Department of  Human Rights shall review the state’s pay plan to eliminate bias generated  by asking employees for salary history, which often disadvantages women,  particularly women of color. The State of Illinois will no longer ask  prospective employees questions about salary history, because of historic  salary disadvantages women face.
  • Help  protect workers from wage theft. The order directs the Illinois Department  of Labor to expeditiously handle all cases of wage theft and day labor  exploitation, including referring appropriate cases to the Attorney  General. This will allow the administration to hold bad actors accountable  and protect workers.
  • Require  that all state agencies comply with the Project Labor Agreements Act. 

The governor also signed legislation passed by state lawmakers to protect the wages of workers and promote gender and racial diveristy in companies that have state contracts (SB 203).

He also will initiate a process to bring state employees to their appropriate salary step level. Under the measure, union employees will be placed at their appropriate step for pay purposes going forward. It does not address other issues, like back pay.

On Wednesday, Jan. 16, Pritzker signed an exutive order ensuring workforce development funding is driected to growing industries to create future jobs. He signed the order at Southwestern Illinois Community College in Belleville, Ill.

The order requires as follows:

  • Review of Identified Targeted Growth Industries: The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity  shall, within 90 days of the effective date of this Executive Order,  deliver a report to the Governor containing a comprehensive review of  industries the Department has identified for targeted growth to determine  the ongoing effectiveness of investment in those industries and to  identify emerging opportunities for investment in growing  industries.  
  • Review of Effective and Efficient Investment in  Targeted Industries: The  Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall, within 90 days of  the effective date of this Executive Order, deliver a report to the  Governor containing a comprehensive review of the return on investment for  targeted industries with recommendations for improving the efficiency and  effectiveness of existing investment, and best practices and lessons  learned for future investment in emerging growth industries. 
  • Report on Improved Alignment of Workforce Resources for  Disenfranchised Communities: The  Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall, within 90 days of  the effective date of this Executive Order, deliver a report to the  Governor containing comprehensive recommendations for improving alignment  of workforce resources for communities that have been disenfranchised,  including rural and urban communities.  

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