13 Mar '17, 10am

The first smart state? The quest to link up the Land of Lincoln

Name a U.S. hot spot for tech innovation. The first name on your lips probably isn't Illinois, the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, but it’s time to emancipate yourself from that skepticism. This is, after all, the land that helped invent plasma displays, graphical web browsers and the cell phones that most of us clutch every day. In fact, Illinois is well on its way to becoming the first U.S. state to support a coordinated, government-approved strategy for diverse smart cities initiatives. Tech-centric initiatives have already cropped up across the state from Peoria, home of giant equipment maker Caterpillar, to Rockford, the most populous city outside Chicago. It’s a plan that rests heavily on a unified approach to information technology, while also honoring each community’s local priorities. The initiative, mandated by Governor Bruce Rauner via executive order in January ...

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