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Common Good to Help Illinois Slash Red Tape

UPDATE: The News-Gazette has written an editorial in support of Illinois’ red tape initiative. An excerpt:

To demonstrate the seriousness of his commitment, Gov. Rauner brought lawyer and author Philip Howard to the news conference announcing this initiative. Since writing the book "The Death of Common Sense" in the early 1990s, Howard has been a consistent crusader for common sense regulation, which ought not be confused with little or no regulation.

In his original book and since then, Howard presented a persuasive case demonstrating how harmful and suffocating ill-conceived regulations can be to the common good. To the extent this is a problem in Illinois, it must be addressed.

In that context, it's good Gov. Rauner has taken this step. It'll be even better if it's successful.

Click here to read the full editorial.

ORIGINAL POST:

On October 17, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner announced an initiative to cut red tape across Illinois' regulatory agencies, quoting Common Good Chair Philip Howard on the urgent necessity. His administration has asked Common Good to act as informal adviser to this effort. The Governor seeks to save Illinoisans at least $250 million in direct license fee costs over the next decade and save taxpayers and business owners at least four million pages in paperwork. The initial report is due next May.

Click here to read a press release on the initiative from the Office of the Governor.

Click here to read Governor Rauner's executive order creating the Illinois Competitiveness Council.

Click here to read a Chicago Daily Herald article about the initiative.

And click the image below to watch Philip Howard’s remarks at the launch event: