Press Release

Sente Legislation Modernizing State Licensing Becomes Law


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois will be a more competitive place to do business as a result of new laws sponsored by State Rep. Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills, streamlining the state licensing and permitting processes.

"In today's global economy one of the very first places most people go for information is the internet," Sente said. "If our state does not accommodate for this trend, we are missing opportunities to attract new residents and entrepreneurs alike."

Sente's Senate Bill 1921 requires state agencies to make various licenses, certifications, registrations and permits available for applicants to access online by Jan. 1, 2017. Sente-backed Senate Bill 659 establishes an online business permitting portal for entrepreneurs wishing to create or relocate a business in Illinois to access all necessary permit and license information, as well as potential incentives.

"If we hope to make Illinois more competitive, we need to ensure our policies and practices are keeping pace with technological advancements," Sente said. "What is most valuable about these measures is that they lessen the burden imposed on small businesses and residents who have previously had to go out of their way to seek out applications."

Senate Bill 1921, now Public Act 99-0446, was signed into law with an immediate effective date and requires applications to be accessible online by Jan. 1, 2017. Senate Bill 659, now Public Act 99-0134, goes into effect at the beginning of next year and requires the business permitting portal to be active by July 1, 2017. Both bills were among legislation backed this session by the bipartisan Small Business Owners Caucus, which Sente founded and co-chairs.