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State of Illinois Technology Resources

Technology in Illinois
Portal to all things technology-related in Illinois

Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs
Information on technology grants and assistance programs

Illinois VentureTECH initiative
Plan which provides over $3.9 billion in technology related infrastructure improvements in Illinois.

Illinois Technology Office
In 1999, Governor George H. Ryan created the Illinois Technology Office through Executive Order Number 5.

Illinois Web Accessibility Standards(IWAS)
Modified from Section 508 and W3C accessibility standards.

#1 in Digital State Rankings
Illinois has moved from 49th in the nation (1998) to first in the the "Digital State" rankings, a ranking of how states use digital technology to make government more accessible and improve citizen services.

Tools for Affecting Local Policy

Computers for Our Future
Toolkits for community technology centers, national legislation affecting community technology, a policy agenda for community technology, resources for building a statewide movement to advocate for policies that support community technology.

Young Americans and the Digital Future Campaign
Resources for city and state policymakers seeking to bridge the digital divide, improve technology access policy, and use technology in the public interest. Also includes a review of state and city policies.

Benton Foundation
The Benton Foundation, whose aim is to research communications and digital media in the public interest, provides a tool-kit for effective communications technology strategy as well as other policy resources on public-interest communications technologies.

Local Independent & Public Media

Chicago Indy Media
Post a story or list a local event on this independent, user-generated news site.

Chicago Public Radio

WTTW - Channel 11 (Public Broadcasting Services station)