Gov. JB Pritzker confers with Matt Schmit, Director of DCEO’s Office of Broadband at a Geneseo farm on Wednesday where the governor announced the first $50 million in broadband grants. [Courtesy of Pritzker’s office]

Gov. JB Pritzker on Wednesday awarded $50 million in grant funds for 28 broadband internet projects throughout Illinois — the completion of the first round of grants in an ambitious $420 million broadband expansion plan the governor plans to execute during his first term in office.

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