Governor Rauner signs first Executive Order addressing state’s fiscal crisis


Review of spending, procurement & personnel decisions ordered
Halts awarding of contracts & grants
Instructs sale of surplus state property, conservation

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner signed on Monday, Janaury 12, 2015 Executive
Order 15-08 addressing the State of Illinois’ fiscal crisis ordering a freeze
of all state discretionary spending, halting the awarding of contracts and
grants, and instructing the sale of surplus state property.

“Years of bad decisions have put Illinois in a financial crisis,” Rauner said.
“Today we start the process of putting our state back on the road to fiscal
stability by reviewing agency spending, stopping contracts and grants, and
selling excess state property.”

Executive Order 15-08 requires every executive branch agency to report to the
Governor’s Office of Management & Budget (GOMB) to identify every contract
awarded or entered into by a state agency on or after November 1, 2014, and
every hiring decision taken by agencies on or after November 1, 2014.

All agencies are further ordered, until July 1, 2015, to halt the awarding,
entering into, amending or renewing of state contracts and grants. Exceptions
are made for contracts required by law, emergency expenditures, small
purchases, and essential operations.

Major interstate construction projects which have not commenced will be

The governor also instructed agencies to manage existing resources by halting
the sale/lease of motor vehicles, stopping out-of-state travel, and limiting
in-state travel.

Executive Order 15-08 further instructs Central Management Services (CMS) to
identify surplus property for auction in compliance with state law. Further,
GOMB and CMS will review all property owned or leased by the state and develop
a strategy for consolidation and relocation of offices.

Finally, the governor ordered all agencies to reduce energy consumption and
spending on energy, including reducing heating, air conditioning, and lighting
usage when facilities are not in use.

“Every dollar that we spend unnecessarily in government cannot be used to help
our most vulnerable citizens,” Rauner added. “We must take every step necessary
to ensure Illinois becomes the most compassionate and competitive state in the