Public Accountability Report Public Accountability Report

2019 Petition Management
Mission Statement To administer the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act, which guarantees the right of public employees to organize and to bargain collectively with their employers, through the process of certification, investigatory procedures, administrative hearings, and dispute resolutions.
Program Goals and Objectives
  1. Processing and issuing orders and certifications regarding representation petitions and majority interest petitions, including conducting ordered and consent elections within the statutory time frame.
    Source of Funds General Revenue Fund Statutory Authority 5 ILCS 315
    Fiscal Year 2020 Target/Projected Fiscal Year 2019 Actual Fiscal Year 2019 Target/Projected Fiscal Year 2018 Actual Fiscal Year 2017 Actual
    Input Indicators
    Total expenditures - all sources (in thousands) $ 867.0 $ 657.0 $ 819.7 $ 714.1 $ 514.3
    Total expenditures - state appropriated funds (in thousands) $ 867.0 $ 657.0 $ 819.7 $ 714.1 $ 514.3
    Average monthly full-time equivalents 8 7 8 7 7
    Output Indicators
    Petitions pending at the start of the fiscal year 210 96 96 88 57
    Petitions filed 250 314 209 193 242
    Total caseload 330 410 285 281 299
    Total petitions closed 199 200 205 185 211
    Outcome Indicators
    Percentage of petitions closed within 12 months of the filing date 91 % 94 % 89 % 88.6 % 91.5 %
    Percentage of petitions closed within 13-24 months of the filing date 97.8 % 99.5 % 95 % 96.8 % 97.2 %
    Explanatory Information

    The Illinois Labor Relations Board had a significant surge in the number of petitions filed in fiscal year 2019 primarily due to Unit Clarification petitions filed by the State of Illinois. In addition, the agency managed to close a significant number of unfair labor practice charges compared to recent fiscal years. Because fiscal year 2019 target/projected figures were based on recent fiscal years in which the agency had significantly fewer petitions and/or charges filed and/or closed, the fiscal year 2019 target/projected figures did not predict the surges that occurred, which resulted in large variances in those indicators.