gillespie 032421PALATINE – More than $100,000 is coming to Palatine to expand broadband access, thanks to efforts from State Senator Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights).

“Internet access has become increasingly important the past few years, so connecting our schools, workplaces and homes must be a priority,” said Gillespie. “Working from home and online schooling remains a challenge for people who lack quick, reliable access to broadband. Today, we change that for our neighbors in Palatine.” 

The second round of Connect Illinois grant awardees include 14 different internet service providers, rural cooperatives and local governments – a diverse group of recipients representing every region of the state. The grant aims to expand Illinois’ broadband infrastructure to ensure that all residents have access to 21st century connectivity. 

“Palatine is an area full of potential,” Gillespie said. “With the grant award, we can meet our educational and business needs as well as give high-speed internet access to our residents.”

The Illinois Office of Broadband plans to make $350 million of funding available in a third round of grants, which will be awarded on a rolling basis through 2024 or until funds are depleted. The funding is made available by the bipartisan $45 billion Rebuild Illinois capital plan.