SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WEHT) – Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Office of Broadband announced $47 million in funding for 22 projects in every region of the state through the second round of Connect Illinois, the state’s broadband expansion plan.

Funding for Connect Illinois is made possible by Governor Pritzker’s bipartisan $45 billion Rebuild Illinois capital plan, the first comprehensive infrastructure program in Illinois in nearly a decade, as well as federal broadband funding available through the American Rescue Plan Act.

“Thanks to these investments, thousands more families and businesses will have access to the economic opportunity, education, and healthcare that come with 21st century connectivity,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Connect Illinois is all about opening doors and closing gaps for our residents, delivering demonstrable change to people’s lives and real opportunity for new business development and new jobs. I’m grateful to our partners in making this round of projects possible – and with another $350 million already available for the next round, this impact is just the beginning.”

Some of the counties that will be getting this broadband investment are as follows:

  • Bspeedy Wireless – $152,108 – Richland, Edwards, Jasper, Wabash, Lawrence
  • Charter Spectrum – Huey – $107,416 – Clinton
  • Charter Spectrum – New Minden – $250,198 – Washington
  • Charter Spectrum – Nichols Woods – $50,750 – Winnebago, Clay, Crawford, Wayne
  • Clearwave – $500,000 – Saline, Williamson, Johnson
  • ProTek Communications – $2,000,000 – Williamson