• Gov. Pritzker Announces $50 Million First Round of Matching Funds in Statewide Broadband Expansion

    Governor Sets Ambitious Goals for Connect Illinois, Nation’s Largest Matching Grant Program to Expand High-Speed Internet to Every Part of Illinois
    Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - Governor, Office of the
    Springfield, Ill. — Governor JB Pritzker announced today that the state releasing $50 million in funding for the first round of matching grants of Connect Illinois, the state's $420 million statewide broadband expansion.
    "We're beginning to deliver on an ambitious 4- year plan to deliver broadband to homes, businesses and community institutions like hospitals and libraries in every corner of the state," said Governor JB Pritzker. "I want to be clear: This isn't about a person's ability to check Facebook. This is about a small business owner having the tools she needs to reach new customers. This is about an elderly couple's ability to get access to medical experts anywhere in the nation even if they live in a rural community. This is about giving children the ability to research their homework assignments online. In short, this is about the right of all our communities to access health care, education, and economic opportunity."