Sen. Loughran Cappel

SPRINGFIELD — State Senator Meg Loughran Cappel supported a measure to help modernize Illinois’ professional licensure process, which advanced out of the Senate Tuesday.

“By empowering IDFPR to streamline the licensure process, we can make certain Illinoisans are not hampered by the availability of essential services in our communities,” said Loughran Cappel (D-Shorewood). “One of our major concerns recently has been the health care workforce shortages across the state. By making the licensure process more accessible and effective, we will be able to address this shortage directly.”

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation administers licenses for over 100 professions in Illinois including nurses, barbers, roofers, social workers, dentists and others. In Illinois, more than one 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 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 licenses if there is a significant need or if the agency determines it is necessary to avoid undue hardship on a profession's licensees.

“Our existing licensure process often deters individuals from pursuing their chosen careers, stifling their potential and limiting Illinois’ economic growth,” said Loughran Cappel. “This legislation is a testament to our commitment to advancing the workforce and ensuring the licensure process empowers residents, rather than hindering them.” 

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