CHICAGO (CBS) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed an executive order he said will increase the number of women- and minority-owned businesses that receive state contracts.

Loop Capital CEO James Reynolds, who advocates for black-owned businesses with the Business Leadership Council, said governors have avoided the issue for years.

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“We have been pushing for decades just to find out the percentage of business that was done with the state, and no governor would ever tell us,” he said.

A recent study found what Reynolds called blatant discrimination towards women- and minority-owned businesses.

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Rauner, after signing the order at a Pilsen tech incubator, said that will change.

“We set goals for minority participation in state contracts. People talk about it, nobody does anything about it. Well I’m a business guy. We’re going to do something about it starting right now,” he said.

The governor said insiders have always had a leg up, and that’s what the executive order seeks to change, but he said more needs to be done to help women- and minority-owned businesses compete for state contracts.

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“One of the things I’ve got to do is streamline our procurement process. It’s a nightmare, and it makes disadvantaged businesses even more disadvantaged, because if you’re not sophisticated, if you’re not big, if you don’t have a big bureaucracy, going through that maze, it’s hard,” he said.