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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26, 2002

Governor Ryan Announces Community Technology Grants to 36 Community Organizations Totaling $1.4 Million

SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced 36 grants to community organizations totaling more than $1.4 million for advanced telecommunications access to low-income and rural areas. The Illinois Community Technology Fund was created by the Illinois Commerce Commission as a condition of the 1999 merger of SBC and Ameritech Illinois.

“This is a perfect example of how governments, business and community groups can work together to serve the citizens of Illinois,” Governor Ryan said. “I commend SBC Ameritech and the ICC for creating this technology fund.”

Throughout his administration, Governor Ryan has emphasized technology’s role in our modern world and these grant funds will help ensure that citizens in low-income, high cost areas of the state are not by-passed by rapid developments in technology.

The Illinois Community Technology Fund is designed to ensure that citizens in rural areas and low-income communities have access to advanced telecommunications technology. ICTF funds may be used by qualified community organizations to buy computer equipment, software, Internet access, technical support, program design and other telecommunications services.

“Access to advanced telecommunications services is crucial to the continued development of our local communities, our schools and of the people throughout Illinois,” Illinois Commerce Committee Chairman Richard Mathias said.

A condition of the merger called for SBC Ameritech to support the ICTF for 3 years through payments of $1 million per year. This is the final disbursement of funds.

Carrie Hightman, president of SBC Ameritech Illinois said the company was pleased to partner with the Illinois Commerce Commission in bringing such important resources to Illinois residents, “Access to telecommunications technology is vitally important to the success of the communities we serve.”

Grant requests were reviewed and considered by the Illinois Community Technology Fund Board. The fund is administered by a not-for-profit corporation comprised of representatives of the Governor’s Illinois Technology Office, Illinois Commerce Commission, Illinois State Board of Education, Rural Partners, Illinois Assistive Technology Project, Community Workshop on Economic Development, Policy Research and Action Group, Illinois Small Business Utility Advocate, Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging and SBC Ameritech.

A list of the award winners is posted on the Illinois Community Technology Funds website at http://www.ictf.org. The list of grant recipients follows.

Alton

  • Southeastern Illinois Technology Partnership.................$42,547
Aurora

  • Mutual Ground, Inc...........................................$50,000
Centralia

  • South Central Illinois Mass Transit District.................$44,000
Danville

  • Danville Area Community College Foundation...................$49,923
Decatur

  • Richland Community College...................................$40,000

  • The Rock.......................................$40,537
East St. Louis

  • SIU Edwardsville....................................$49,000

  • U of I on behalf of East St. Louis Action Research Project...$48,478
Chicago

  • Alternatives, Inc...................................$40,000

  • Cambodian Association of Illinois............................$41,900

  • Goodwill Industries of Metro Chicago.........................$36,455

  • Greater Roseland Family YMCA................................$47,500

  • Korean American Community Services...........................$49,000

  • Lakefront SRO...................................$25,000

  • Muhammad's University of Islam..............................$45,000

  • Neighborhood Technology Resource Center......................$33,000

  • North Star United Missionary Workers of America..............$43,000

  • Paul J. Hall Community & Family Center.......................$49,925

  • Polish American Leadership Initiative........................$48,000

  • Southwestern Youth Collaborative.............................$42,689

  • St. Angela School..................................$43,000

  • Westside Health Authority....................................$48,795

  • Wilber Wright College........................................$48,000
Elgin

  • Senior Services Associates Inc...............................$29,640
Ford Heights

  • Boys & Girls Club of Chicago - Ford Heights..................$34,425
Inverness

  • Alexian Brothers Northwest Mental Health Center..............$49,144
Joliet

  • Housing Authority of Joliet.....................$40,000

  • Joliet Junior College..........................$22,600
Moline

  • Skip-Along Child Development Services........................$39,890
Oglesby

  • Illinois Valley Community College............................$38,000
Peoria

  • Peoria Regional Superintendent Of Schools....................$41,000
Rockford

  • Booker Washington Community Center...........................$26,010
Rock Island

  • Martin Luther King Community Center..........................$24,600
Tinley Park

  • Crisis Center for South Suburbia Council.....................$10,527
Vandalia

  • Regional Office of Education #3...........................$35,900
Wheaton

  • Donka, Incorporated............................$27,932


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