Glowiak HiltonSPRINGFIELD— State Senator Suzy Glowiak Hilton’s measure to help to modernize Illinois’ professional licensure process advanced out of the Senate Tuesday.

“I continue to hear from residents in my district who are waiting for an update on their license applications and renewals,” said Glowiak Hilton (D-Western Springs). “This measure will expedite the process to modernize and streamline operations for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.”

IDFPR administers licenses for over 100 different professions including nurses, barbers, roofers, social workers, dentists and others. In Illinois, over 1 million people need a professional license or registration to work.

House Bill 2394 addresses the backlog of licenses and registrations by creating an expedited and competitive bid procurement process for software to modernize the way IDFPR processes licensing.

It will also require the department to extend the expiration date or renewal period for any profession licensed by them if the agency secretary finds that there is a significant operational need to do so or it is necessary to avoid undue hardship on a profession's licensees.

“By updating the system IDFPR uses, we will help streamline the application process, connect people with good-paying jobs and alleviate workforce shortages,” said Glowiak Hilton. “This legislation is long overdue. By providing IDFPR with this support, we will move one step closer toward an effective and efficient licensure process for all Illinoisans.”

House Bill 2394 passed with bipartisan support and heads to the House for further consideration.