Tazewell County receives grant ahead of election for added security

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TAZEWELL COUNTY, Ill. — Congressman Darin LaHood (R-Ill.) met with Tazewell County Clerk John Ackerman on Monday to announce two grant awards totaling $65,000 for Tazewell County.

The grants, given by the Department of Homeland Security, will upgrade physical and cybersecurity through the Cyber Navigator Program.

The first rollout will be used to remodel the physical layout of the Tazewell County Clerk’s Office to increase security. The second will be used to purchase new software systems that will add cybersecurity upgrades to the work stations.

“What this will do is really show the country and anybody that is thinking about hacking into our system that we have taken measures, we’ve put in place the security mechanisms that will help deter that whether its through software or physical barriers here that we take this seriously and we are going to do all we can to protect the integrity of our elections,” said LaHood.

All upgrades will be done in time prior to next year’s elections.

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