A statement said that April will be designated as Innovation and Technology Month in Illinois by Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday, according to a statement. The proclamation was signed on March 25, and this announcement follows.
In the announcement, Illinois CIO and DoIT Acting Secretary Jennifer Ricker said, “The Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) is proud to recognize Illinois IT Month through a variety of initiatives that strengthen our state’s digital direction.”
At Ricker’s request, I looked into the ways in which the state is utilising AI, improving the accessibility of its websites, and expanding its broadband network.
The state’s involvement in quantum computing, where two of the five National Quantum Science Research Centers are located, is the focus of this year’s Information Technology Month. In honor of World Quantum Day, DoIT will host a webinar on April 14 to introduce participants to the field of quantum physics and the variety of career paths it can open up.
The announcement also emphasized the state’s commitment to improving education in order to increase the number of IT and STEM professionals in the workforce.
Most K-12 public school districts in Illinois are participating in the Illinois Century Network (ICN), which has helped increase public school students’ access to broadband. In addition, all school districts are required, starting in the 2022–23 school year, to provide opportunities for students at every grade level to acquire computer literacy skills.