Any Illinois resident may submit money-saving suggestions to the State Government Suggestion Award Board. Illinois residents can win between $50 and $5,000 for a successful suggestion.
Each suggestion is assigned a reference number, presented to the board, and if appropriate, forwarded to relevant state agencies to determine if it is feasible, original, and cost-saving.
If an agency certifies that a suggestion is feasible, the SGSAB will consider its eligibility for an award. Each award is paid based on the savings it generates.
Suggestion Form, [PDF, 177k]
The form requires Acrobat Reader. Please read the rules below before completing the Suggestion Form.
- You must be an Illinois resident.
- The suggestion must be original and may not constitute the solution to a procedure or problem which you are paid to solve as part of your employment.
- The suggestion cannot be taken from any report, study, document, or publication of the state or paid for by the state.
- The suggestion must result in financial savings by the state and taxpayers.
- The suggestion must not require a state or federal constitutional change.
- The suggestion may require enactment of Illinois legislation but the suggestion must indicate the substance or nature of the lawmaking.
- The suggestion must not propose anything harmful or dangerous to the health, safety, or well-being of employees, residents, or clients.
- The suggestion must state a specific problem or situation and propose a specific solution to it.
- The suggestion form must be filled out completely and signed.
All meetings are held in Room 307 of the State Capitol at 10:00 a.m. Call 217-782-4655 to verify meeting dates and times, or for other questions about this initiative.