Springfield-area Representatives Tim Butler and Sara Wojcicki Jimenez will help advance state cost saving suggestions from Illinois state employees as part of the newly-reactivated State Government Suggestion Award Board. The Board (SGSAB) reviews and forwards to state agencies specific suggestions that will help state government reduce costs and improve efficiency. Employees who submit successful cost saving suggestions are eligible for cash awards.
“Engaging our state employees to find innovative solutions to save tax dollars is vital during this time of budget constraints,” said Rep. Butler (R-Springfield). “This gives an avenue for us to find these savings. I’m honored to be appointed and I look forward to serving on this board.”
The SGSAB was created in 2013, but has fallen inactive. This month the Board was reactivated by the Rauner Administration to allow state employees to participate personally in helping cut costs and make state government more efficient and effective. Awards for successful suggestions are based on the cost savings generated, but may be as much as $5,000.
“I hear from folks pretty regularly who have good ideas on how we can improve government services – how we can work smarter and more efficiently. I am very excited to be a part of this board that can help see some of these good ideas implemented and reward the workers who come up with them,” said Rep. Jimenez (R-Leland Grove).
The representatives noted that there are some guidelines to follow for those wishing to submit suggestions, including that suggestions must not propose anything that could be harmful to health or safety, or that would require a state or federal constitutional change. A complete list of guidelines and an online submission form for suggestions to the SGSAB can be found here.