SPRINGFIELD – Downstate 911 districts would see substantial boosts in funding thanks to legislation supported by State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington).
“911 is the critical service that we all rely on to send help under the most dire circumstances,” said Sen. Barickman. “This legislation will help many of our struggling 911 networks to maintain these services so that we can rely on them when disaster strikes.”
Senate Bill 96 provides major reform to 911 systems statewide, and changes how state funding is distributed to counties. The legislation sets uniform charges for landlines and cell phones at $0.87, except in the city of Chicago, where rates range up to $3.90. The funding will help bring next generation 911 services statewide, including to nine counties that don’t currently have any 911 service. It will also shift oversight of 911 programs from the Illinois Commerce Commission to the Illinois State Police.
The current 911 law was set to expire on July 1st, meaning services could have shut down without passage of the new legislation.
“This is a win-win for Downstate Illinois, increasing the reliability and functionality of 911 services,” said Senator Barickman. “It also shifts oversight where it belongs, in the hands of our state’s top law enforcement agency.”
Every county in the 53rd Senate District would see additional funding for 911.
Estimated funding increase by county:
Ford - $85,732
Iroquois - $88,188
Livingston - $117,862
McLean - $172, 751
Woodford - $146,201
Vermillion - $122,435
Total funding increase for 53rd District - $733,169
SB96 passed both chambers and now awaits Governor Rauner’s signature.