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State Grants for Rural Broadband in Illinois

State of Illinois
First round of grants for rural broadband in Illinois
Credit state of Illinois
Governor Pritzker announces rural broadband grants on a farm near Geneseo.

Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker visited a farm near the Quad Cities Wednesday to announce 50-million dollars in statewide grants to improve Broadband connections in mostly rural areas and in Chicago’s Southland.  

During his stop in Geneseo, Pritzker said the money will be used to help more than 25 projects across the state.

“For too long, many of our neighborhoods, cities and towns, and counties have been left out of the digital revolution”

The 400-million dollar upgrade is expected to be complete in four years.  

Cambridge Telecom will receive an $817,000 grant that will help it extend broadband service to approximately 172 businesses, farms, and households in Henry and Rock Island counties.

With a $5 million state grant, Geneseo Communications will be able to serve nearly 3,800 businesses, farms, households, and institutions in Henry and Rock Island counties. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.