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Lawmakers Encourage Tech and Innovation

Lawmakers Encourage Tech and Innovation

People who promote technology in Illinois are celebrating the creation of a “Technology and Innovation Caucus” in the state legislature.

Some of these caucuses are more formal and more serious than others. For example, there’s an African-American caucus. And there’s a White Sox caucus.

This one may be closer to serious than frivolous, looking into business-minded legislation.

“We have insight from various technology companies that are in Illinois, or that are planning on moving (some offices) to Illinois,” says co-chair State Sen. Mike Hastings (D-Tinley Park), citing “companies like Apple, AT&T, Google, Motorola Mobility, (which) provide feedback, and then we talk about legislation that could affect it in positive ways or in negative ways.”

The best thing about it, says Hastings, is that it’s bipartisan.

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