State modernizes its 911 funding

    An overhaul that modernizes how Illinois funds its 911 call centers was signed into law recently. State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) sponsored the proposal, Senate Bill 96, which was a result of a year-long review of Illinois’ 911 systems.
    “There is a patchwork of more than 200 different 911 systems in the state, and there were nine counties without any system whatsoever. Our goal was to create a modern, efficient 911 system that serves both cities and rural communities equally well, and that’s what this overhaul accomplishes,” Sullivan said.
    The current, aging system of funding and managing 911 services is based on use of landline phones. As more people have abandoned landlines in favor of cell phones, the state has not kept up to date.

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