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The state of Illinois has launched a new technology challenged aimed at helping local governments expand the amount of data available to the public. The Illinois Open Technology Challenge is a pilot initiative that will make Illinois’ open data platform, Data.Illinois.Gov, available to municipal governments statewide. The challenge will launch in the pilot communities of Belleville, Champaign, Rockford, and Chicago’s South Suburbs, and will promote the availability of public data and encourage the use of technology to address government challenges through innovation and entrepreneurship. The challenge comes after announcements earlier this month pushing the Chicago metro area toward its goal of becoming an technology hub.
The initiative, ILOpenTech seeks to build on the state’s leadership role around open data and Governor Quinn’s recently issued Executive Order establishing a new state Open Operating Standard. The state’s support of 2011’s Apps for Metro Chicago Illinois competition produced winners like iFindit, an innovative application that provides information on food, housing and medical care to the homeless and OkCopay, which is a directory of affordable medical care for those without insurance. The initiative brings together local governments with developers, area universities, nonprofits and community leaders in a common mission to use public data to create digital tools that serve civic needs and promote economic development across Illinois.