Nearly a quarter of the state's more than 300 boards and commissions have been inactive in recent years, according to an audit released Thursday, and the Quinn administration said it is looking at how to eliminate ones that are no longer needed.
The inactive boards listed ranged from the Governor’s Council on Health and Physical Fitness to the Steel Development Board to the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Task Group, according to Auditor General William
Quinn’s office is in favor of looking for ways to cut down the number of boards and commissions but still keep in place the essential ones, ranging from the
Quinn also has sought to merge to labor relations boards, one dealing with educational matters and another dealing with business and labor issues, Anderson said. Part of the reason some of the boards were inactive was because they've completed their duties, Holland said.
Another finding in the report was that Quinn continues to struggle with filling numerous vacancies in state boards and commissions, an area where he has come under increasingly heavy fire for making a variety of politically tinged appointments.
Holland reported that as recently as a year ago, 181 of the 309 boards and commissions reviewed had one or more vacancies. It also showed 145 of them was operating with at least one board member whose term had expired. In several cases, as many as five vacancies existed.
Many of the vacancies were left from Quinn’s predecessor,
"It's important for this governor or any governor to keep his appointments as complete as possible," Holland said. Boards need to be fully staffed because they often are created to address festering public policy issues, he said.