On January 13, 2012, Governor Pat Quinn announced the new Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) online portal for environmental permitting. The goal is to make the permitting process more user-friendly and increase transparency for both applicants and interested parties. Currently, the portal enables a search by company, location or Bureau/Interest ID Number. The portal is a result of Public Act 97-0095, which Governor Quinn signed last July. One feature of the portal is a permit tracking system that gives the status of a pending application including permit writer information. Access to the portal can be found on the IEPA permit application resource webpage.