Note from the Publisher: I hail from the Land of Lincoln, so was particularly excited to feature this story. Illinois has quite a history with its state governance. Since the early 60’s, four of the state’s governors have served prison sentences. Likewise, there’s been ample media coverage on the state’s current fiscal crises and pension woes, and they are extensive. With all that going against them, though, Illinois is still a land of optimists with an attitude of forging forward, so it was particularly encouraging to read of the state government’s proactive blockchain strategy, a first of its kind in the nation. Go Illini!!
“The state government of Illinois has quietly established a working group tasked with developing a strategy for integrating blockchain tech.
The working group, put in place earlier this year, draws representatives from several public agencies, including the state’s Department of Innovation and Technology, Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and the Department of of Insurance. Its mandate: identify the ways that blockchain could make government services more efficient, while at the same time making it easier for citizens to do business with state agencies.
Anne Melissa Dowling, director of the state’s Department of Insurance, says her office is engaged in an aggressive self-education campaign, with an eye to be among the first agencies of its kind in the US to utilize the technology.”