Pritzker proclaims April as Innovation and Technology Month in Illinois

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker delivers his first budget address on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 to a joint session of the Illinois House and Senate at the Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday proclaimed the month of April as Innovation and Technology (IT) Month in Illinois.

The proclimation was made to recognize the increasing importance of the tech industry for the state’s growth and delivery of services, Pritzker said. 

“In order for our state to compete in a global, 21st-century economy, we must put innovation and technology at the forefront of our agenda,” said Pritzker. “One out of 10 computer science degrees in the nation comes from Illinois colleges and universities. I’m committed to making sure Illinois grows our position as a top-tier startup and technology ecosystem and fosters a business environment that will attract talent and entrepreneurs from all over the country.”

Pritzker recently named Ron Guerrier as Illinois Chief Information Officer and Acting Secretary for the Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT). Guerrier leads the state’s newest agency toward digitally transformin Illinois.

“I am honored to return to my home state to serve my friends, family, and neighbors in the great state of Illinois,”Guerrier said. “A tremendous amount of work has gone into the establishment of DoIT with an exceptional team. I look forward to advancing the areas of service management, information security, data analytics and innovative solutions. Attention to these areas, with a keen focus on simple & intuitive solutions, will allow us to better serve our agency customers, so they in turn can improve services for the residents of Illinois.”

Announcements and events will be scheduled during the month of April, highlighting a variety of Illinois innovation and technology topics (#IL-ITmonth).

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